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The Amazing Virtual Sea-Monkeys is good fun and provided my office colleagues and I with some relief from the dull working day. I think every office should have some. It could be a popular addition to the family PC, although Sea-Monkey deaths can be an emotional thing for the more sensitive souls. The only problem I really have is with the game's longevity, which is why I'm giving it 3 1/2 GiN gems. It makes good light entertainment and worthy potential Christmas stocking filler material.
These virtual Sea-Monkeys are more interesting than their real life counterparts, but crash bugs, poor documentation, and slow gameplay will tax the average user's patience.
When you sent away for a batch of Sea Monkeys as a kid, the brine shrimp that arrived were kind of a letdown. The Amazing Virtual Sea-Monkeys may help you get over that disappointment. In this simplistic Sims-like game, you keep your Sea-Monkeys healthy and happy by buying them food, toys, and fishy friends. In return, they'll dance and sing karaoke to you. Though not quite amazing, Virtual Sea-Monkeys comes a lot closer to what those comic-book ads promised.
Despite your best efforts to
keep up a healthy tank, the gameplay is
so limited that your sea monkeys are
likely to die from utter boredom. While
kids may be briefly amused, anyone over 10 should forgo this nostalgia trip.
We've been spoiled with AI treats such as The Sims and Black & White, but even for kids this is a poor, not to mention unchallenging and expensive way of cashing in on the virtual life bandwagon. The best thing would be for it to be re-titled 'Sea-Monkeys – as boring as ever but this time we'll make you pay £24.99 to remember that'. That'll teach you to get nostalgic.
If there’s anything good to say about this game, it’s that Xicat Interactive succeeded in perfectly recreating the experience of owning real sea monkeys. There’s the same wait for entertainment that never comes, the same waste of money, and the same bitter disappointment. If you’re a parent who thinks Max Payne will transform your child into a homicidal maniac, or if you’re tickled by A Very Chipmunk Christmas because that Alvin is such a character, then you might enjoy playing The Amazing Virtual Sea-Monkeys.