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In Aquanaut, the protagonist has to find and kill the leader of an alien race which wants to destroy Earth. This alien is smart and is not easy to find, but humanity managed to track him down to an underwater location in the Caribbean. The game is divided into three levels with distinctive different gameplay mechanics.

The first level is a traditional, horizontally scrolling shooter. The protagonist, equipped with diving gear, has to make his way to the alleged position of the alien ship. Enemies are mutated underwater animals which are shot with the harpoon. There are also friendly creatures like dolphins and mermaids (their kiss gives an extra life) and military crates which contain additional gear. Air is limited and has to be refilled at certain parts of the level.

In level two, the player has to investigate an underwater maze. He needs to find and grab various items which are used at another place to proceed. This section is puzzle-oriented and the action concentrates on obstacles which need to be avoided and single enemies.

Level three is also a maze in which objects need to be found (a decoder and keys) which need to be brought to a final location. However, it is set on land (Atlantis, to be exact) and therefore air is no longer an issue. The fights take a "run and gun" approach where the player shoots a lot of aliens and dodges their attacks. In this section the game flips the screen when another room is entered.


Aquanaut Atari ST Title screen.
Aquanaut Atari ST Intro.
Aquanaut Atari ST Skewered.
Aquanaut Atari ST Avoid the fish.

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Commodore User Amiga Feb, 1990 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Feb, 1990 76 out of 100 76
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Feb, 1990 746 out of 1000 75
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1990 59 out of 100 59
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1990 6.8 out of 12 57
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1990 52 out of 100 52
Power Play Atari ST Mar, 1990 48 out of 100 48
Génération 4 Amiga Apr, 1990 46 out of 100 46
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1990 46 out of 100 46
ST Format Atari ST Mar, 1990 41 out of 100 41


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