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Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 Ratings

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  • Summary: A massive ocean world, teeming with life and filled with ancient secrets. Join Naija, a lone underwater dweller in search of her family, as she explores the depths of Aquaria. She'll travel from hidden caves, shrouded in darkness, to beautiful, sunlit oases, all lovingly handcrafted by its two creators. Naija's story, narrated fully with voice overs, will become yours, as you join her on this magnificent adventure. Naija has the gift of the Verse. By singing songs, she can weave this force to change the waters around her. With each song Naija learns comes new abilities. With powerful songs, Naija is able to change form, giving players many options as to how to play the game. And with Aquaria's intuitive mouse-only control system, it's as easy to make Naija swim gracefully through the waters as it is to have her sing, cast spells, and engage in combat with the numerous dangerous creatures that inhabit Aquaria's waters. [Bit Blot] Expand
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  1. An enchanting exploration of a beautiful and imaginative world. A lot of variety and surprises to discover with some 2D shooter action. Some interface issues, otherwise top notch. [Mar 2008]
  2. Amazing mash-up of a classic NES adventure and that fish-tank screensaver you had in the ’90s.
  3. Its charm and style engrossed me from the opening level and never let go, and I received an experience with lots of substance, challenge, and a little heart thrown in for good measure.
  4. Aquaria just oozes quality. [Mar 2008, p.86]
  5. Atmospheric and gorgeous, an excellent indie calling card. [Feb 2008, p.83]
  6. If you ever find yourself staring at your computer monitor longing for a well made, easily accessible and thoroughly enjoyable action game then Aquaria is for you. [Mar 2008, p.63]
  7. Aquaria's certainly prone to leaving you disorientated, some of its puzzles are quite oblique and it's in no hurry to tell you what to do, and its mechanics lack the inventiveness of a game like Zelda, but then the fact it's two friends coding together over the Internet shouldn't be overlooked when taking note of the fact that they come surprisingly close.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Jun 11, 2011
    10
    If you think the game looks like 'pretty mermaid princess' you couldn't be farther from the truth. Exploration, loneliness, empty ruins, lost civilizations, cannibalism--this game is one hell of a package, with a beautiful soundtrack, gorgeous graphics, amazing VA, and one hell of an atmosphere in an underwater Metroidvania. Simple enough to pick up, but complex enough to keep you going. Expand
  2. Jul 27, 2011
    10
    A masterpiece. The storyline, the pace, the music, the voices, all comes perfect together. This is an experience that will stay with you for your whole life.
    I am glad I found it and played it
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  3. Aug 16, 2012
    10
    It kept me captivated the whole way through. it was a slow pace swim game, however, the slower pace really let me relax after a long day of work. The puzzles where not outrageous like some other games. I loved finding new abilities and items and then returning to previous areas to see what else I could do. I also liked how the story played out. Expand
  4. Aug 7, 2013
    9
    I swear I should've gone a recommendation for this ages ago. This is a very fun adventure game with a interesting mechanic for completeing different quests using the power of song. Naija, the heroine of this game is a aquatic humanoid who has lived for many years and had no memory of her people or any people who lived under the sea with her. You go on a adventure of discovery where you learn more and more about her past and the dark influence that lives deep below the surface. A very emotional game in quite a few respects and a awesome ending. This is clearly a hidden gem that doesn't get enough love. Expand
  5. Feb 10, 2012
    9
    Wow! The only reason I got this game was because it came in a Humble Bundle and the only reason I installed it and played it is because I heard the soundtrack and loved it. The screen shots and trailers don't do it justice. The gameplay is smooth and intuitive, and it works great with a game pad, if you have one. The music by itself is great, but in the game, it creates a surreal atmosphere that you feel in your chest. One of the main character's abilities is to "cast spells" by singing -- you get a wheel of notes to select -- but I found myself pausing in the middle of a screen just to play counterpoint to the soundtrack. I have no musical talent whatsoever and it came out sounding awesome. I spent almost as much time "singing along" with the note wheel in the first couple of levels as I did actually playing. The actual game is a mix of an arcade shooter, a dungeon crawler, and the amazing LucasArts classic, Loom. The narration is also spot on and brings depth to the character while guiding the player through the storyline. And for the record, Jenna Sharpe, the narrator, is just as cute as she sounds. :) Expand
  6. Dec 9, 2012
    8
    this game is a great title for those casual gamers who enjoy and artistic setting, hard-core gamers may find it far to slow-paced to enjoy. personally, I find Aquaria to be enjoyable and challenging, yes its very slow mainly due to no assistance as to where you are meant to go next. but the beauty of that is you can have a different experience than me playing this game, everything is doable from the moment you get the first form change. the question isn't "where am i supposed to go now" its more "oh look a new cave, i wanna go see" and that a second character may be found at any point in the game (one who helps from the moment you find him on-wards) allows either a difficult journey through the story's boss battles or a tag team effort, and the plot twist at the end is why I had to give this game an 8 out of 10, not because its an immersion breaking, stupid pointless plot twist. but because it blatantly tells you that the story continues in a sequel that was never released. after completing the game i hunted for the sequel only to find out that the devs of the game went their separate ways, it happens, but i wish that last tidbit was removed from the game before-hand allowing me to get some sleep without thinking "there's a story that i cant finish >. Expand
  7. Dec 2, 2011
    1
    Sorry, but this is truly the most boring game I have ever played in my lifetime. Nonimmersive gameplay that is just too slow, and takes way too long to get anywhere. And the narrator's voice is kindof annoying. Expand

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