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  • Summary: “Stunningly well crafted with a compelling story, beautiful visuals and music, and hours upon hours of action-adventure, Aquaria provides patient gamers with an ocean of depth.”—Susie Ochs, Mac | LifeAN ENTIRE WORLD BENEATH YOUR FINGERTIPSExplore a massive underwater world, teeming with life and filled with secrets. Join Naija, a lonely and mysterious aquatic girl, as she explores the depths of Aquaria. As her story unravels, she’ll travel from hidden caves shrouded in darkness, to beautiful sunlit oases.Control Naija with an intuitive touch screen interface. Use her singing ability to create your own music, affect nearby creatures, move pieces of the environment and even transform Naija into different beings. Combine ingredients harvested from the environment in the “cooking system” to create tasty items. Catch a ride on a seahorse or a giant turtle. Discover new costumes, treasures and hidden secrets. Challenge the ancient gods who lurk beneath the waves.WINNER “Independent Games Festival: Game of the Year” 2007WINNER “Game Tunnel: Game of the Year” 2007NOMINATED “Best Debut” Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2008“Aquaria isn’t so much a retro adventure as a fresh take on everything that made the old 2D adventures great.”—Chris Dahlen, The Onion’s A.V. Club“...Aquaria, if you give it time to boil, starts to feel like the first 10 minutes of Pan’s Labyrinth – a dark fairy tale taking place underneath our feet.”—Scott Colbourne, The Globe and Mail“From a design standpoint Aquaria is a triumph. Puzzles and boss fights are just the right complexity and the level design is spot on... From the control scheme to the visual design the game just feels ‘right’ as though all elements are working in harmony.”—Nathan Cocks, PC Power Play“All in all, Aquaria is damned good. If you’re at all a fan of 2D adventures – and if you aren’t, what the hell is wrong with you – you’ll find something appealing in its labyrinth of caverns and corals. It feels retro, but totally new; classic, yet fresh.”—Reverend Anthony, DestructoidWill you journey to the land beyond the surface and brave the dark sinister waters below? Will you defeat the ancient beings of Aquaria or fall prey to them? Will you find a companion or wander the waters of Aquaria alone? Expand
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  1. Nov 20, 2011
    100
    Aquaria is a great 2D adventure in the mold of Metroid, perfect for any gamer who loves a hefty dose of exploration with their action.
  2. Nov 7, 2011
    90
    Overwhelmingly refreshing.
  3. Nov 9, 2011
    90
    I am amazed at the amount of detail that has gone into developing this game.
  4. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    The graphics are really beautiful, employing a cool color palette to replicate the coolness of the water.
  5. Nov 16, 2011
    80
    While this elegant underwater world may be a little too twee for some players, then, there are still plenty of reasons to dip into Bit Blot's inventive genre piece. Aquaria's as personable on the iPad as it was on the PC and Mac, and now you can cross the oceans on your morning commute.
  6. Nov 9, 2011
    80
    A beautiful underwater adventure - the four-year wait was worth it.
  7. Dec 15, 2011
    60
    It looks lovely, and while you're on track it's all very – yes – nice, but it could have been something much more compelling.

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