Aquaria ist ein preisgekröntes Action-Adventure in einer weitläufigen Unterwasserwelt gefüllt mit allerart Lebewesen und bereit zur Entdeckung von antiken Schätzen und Geheimnissen. Begleiten Sie Naija, eine Unterwasserabenteurerin auf Ihren Erkundungsstreifzügen zu verborgenen dunklen Höhlen und zu wunderschönen sonnenbeschienenen Oasen.
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Veröffentlichung: 7. Dez. 2007

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Aquaria ist ein preisgekröntes Action-Adventure in einer weitläufigen Unterwasserwelt gefüllt mit allerart Lebewesen und bereit zur Entdeckung von antiken Schätzen und Geheimnissen. Begleiten Sie Naija, eine Unterwasserabenteurerin auf Ihren Erkundungsstreifzügen zu verborgenen dunklen Höhlen und zu wunderschönen sonnenbeschienenen Oasen. Sie entdecken versunkene Schätze, erkunden unbekannte Gewässer und müssen Auseinandersetzungen mit riesigen Unterwassermonstern bestehen und das Geheimnis von Aquaria lüften.
  • Weitläufige, wunderschöne Unterwasserwelt zum erkunden
  • Eine fesselnde Geschichte und atemberaubende Grafik und Musik lassen Sie tief in dieses Abenteuer eintauchen
  • Innovative Maussteuerung und magisches Kampfgeschehen
  • 175 einzigartige Kreaturen gilt es zu entdecken und zum interagieren
  • Dutzende verborgener Schätze gilt es zu heben
  • Kochsystem zum brauen magischer Objekte
  • Schalten Sie alle Steam Errungenschaften frei

Systemvoraussetzungen

    • Betriebssystem: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    • Prozessor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Speicher: 256MB
    • Grafik: OpenGL kompatible Grafikkarte
    • Festplatte: 225MB
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
19.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 28. Oktober
I've been playing this on and off for years now (since 2008!) and finally knuckled down to finish it this year. The pacing as with many of Zelda\Metrodvania games, can be a bit iffy in places but once more 'forms' are introduced it becomes much more interesting. With a unique art style and atmosphere the game delivers highly in presentation. The bosses are spectacular and genuinely creepy as well as challenging. Highly recommend to fans of the genre and exploration fans.
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
8.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 4. Oktober
I had to go back to this game again - it's very Legend of Zeldaesque but its not very formulaic and the setting is quite unique. Well worth the low price it is at now.
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0 von 2 Personen (0%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 26. Oktober
Hard to get into this game.

30 minutes into this game and I still don't know what I'm supposed to do.

Pros - Visually appealing scenery, smooth gamepad controls

Cons - Although you have to check a box for gamepad support when you launch, the game doesnt translate its queues to gamepad. I was using an Xbox 360 controller, and the game is telling me to click the left mouse button, or right click on my character. The game doesn't provide direction on what to do, you pretty much just swim aimlessly.

If this game was updated to adjust its prompts based on whether you were using a gamepad or not, I may give this another try.
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1 von 6 Personen (17%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
21.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 12. Oktober
Buy it.
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4 von 15 Personen (27%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
6.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 12. Oktober
While not without its merits, this game has lots of problems that make it an overall unpleasant experience. I ended up quitting my playthrough at the clay golem boss (the one that the ghost child creates).

ART
First of all, the art is probably one of the most impressive features of the game. All of the different areas are very beautiful. Unfortunately, the effect of this is lessened by the less-than-stellar pivot based animation style. A lot of the scripted movements of the characters (for example during cutscenes) look very awkward and unnatural, which hurts the beautiful aesthetic that the art tries to convey. Even some of the movements during normal gameplay just don't look believable. It just looks like characters are sliding around on the screen instead of propelling themselves through the water (which is one of the things that makes aquatic life so interesting to look at in real life).

But what really matters most in a game is whether the gameplay is fun, so I'll focus on that now.

EXPLORATION
The game is called a "metroidvania" in the sense that, while it is a platformer, it is designed so that you spend your time exploring the environment and not being "on rails" playing through "levels". I can understand how someone who spent time playing games like Metroid would enjoy the nostalgiac appeal of that design, but I just think that, overall, it's not a very enjoyable way to spend your gaming time. The root of my complaint with the exploration is this: there's so many games out there that provide a constantly enjoyable experience, so why would you spend valuable hours of your life wandering around with no clue what to do when you could instead be playing something where you're constantly feeling engagement and enjoyment. Can you honestly say that you had fun swimming through an area that you've already seen, having to fight the same enemies, and hearing the same short music loop over and over again? If I spend an hour trying to figure out what weird action I need to do to advance the story, that's an hour I could've spent playing something more consistently fun (like Tetris, in my case), especially if the emotional payoff for advancing the story isn't very high.

I'll go into more detail on the issues with exploration in this game. A lot of the things you need to do to progress seem very cryptic, and not in a clear-cut "puzzle game" sort of way (like trying to slide blocks around to get to an exit, for example), but in an ambiguous "guess what the devs want you to do" sort of way. At the beginning of the game, it's pretty straight forward and I don't really have anything to complain about. You essentially get new abilities which act as keys to get you to areas that were previously locked (the Bind ability lets you move stones, the Energy Form lets you open Pearl gates, and the Beast ability lets you swim against currents). The way that the map works makes it obvious to you which areas you haven't explored yet, which means you don't waste much time wandering around. However, after you get all the various forms, it starts to go dowhill. Throughout the game, though, there's times where you'll waste time having unknowingly taken a turn towards an area you're not supposed to get through and having to waste time backtracking.

I only was able to tolerate the exploration by occasionally referring to a guide to make sure I was going in the right direction. I didn't want to waste my precious hours of game time taking a wrong turn to an area I'm not supposed to be at yet and having to backtrack and take a different turn towards some other area. I envy people who feel they have so much free time that they can enjoy an experience like that.

MUSIC
This game was praised for its music, but I'm not quite sure that the praise is that deserved. If you listened to the soundtrack by itself, I'm sure it would be enjoyable. But, in the context of the game, there's several key issues. The root problem is that the design of the music causes listening fatigue (which basically means that the music gets annoying and hurts the enjoyability of the game).

First, most of the song tracks are quite short, meaning you're going to hear the same song over and over again as you explore an area (which will happen a lot, because it is an exploration game). Second, music is played pretty much all the time. There's few moments where you are only hearing the peaceful ambiance of the water, and they are quite pronounced because they're such a relief in the face of constant, repetitive songs. Finally, the songs themselves are "loud". I mean this in the sense that there's not many moments where there's quiet parts or sparse, ambient parts in the songs.

COMBAT
Combat is generally frustrating. Many of the boss battles are nothing more than "swim around and shoot them and hope the many projectiles on the screen don't hit you, and eat healing items and hope you win". There's nothing really fun in that except a sense of relief when you manage to get a victory. A few bosses require you to use your various forms and abilities, and that's okay, but they still tend to be frustrating in a way that has you complaining about the design of the game and not analyzing your own tactics to prepare for the next attempt. I ended up quitting where I did because there was a bug where a projectile you needed to fire to defeat the boss wouldn't move in any direction and would just sit there where you initially fired it (instead of traveling where I was aiming), combined with a weird issue where my camera would start going crazy, and a poor design that made it so you had little window to avoid the bosses attacks. Also, you had to go through a pointlessly lengthy sequence where you build the boss every time you want to re-attempt it, which isn't fun at all. Why not just let me save before the boss is completed? Why would anyone want to waste their time doing that?

Throughout the game, the combat with the enemies isn't very fun either. A particularly glaring issue is that the screen doesn't show enemies that you need to see in order to avoid them. Some enemies will be firing fast projectiles at you or jumping at you from the edges of the screen, leaving you no time to dodge them. Simply zooming out or not having enemies attack you when they are a certain distance from you might've helped this, but there really isn't much to be done for a combat system that just involves swimming around and right clicking a bunch. A lot of the enemies take a lot of hits to defeat, so you'll be right clicking constantly during combat. Due to how movement works, dodging enemy attacks isn't very easy, even if you know what you want to do. You have the ability to do a quick dash, but I feel like the cooldown on the dash isn't enough to make it possible to avoid damage when there's a group of enemies attacking you. Precise control is also difficult using the mouse and keyboard - you either use the mouse and sacrifice precise stopping and starting, or use the keyboard and sacrifice fine directional control. Movement feels generally sluggish due to the considerable acceleration, which further hurts combat.

Overall, this game just has bad fun/minute when compared to the variety of options we have in 2014.
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3 von 13 Personen (23%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
20.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 8. Oktober
Repetive, boring gameplay and an uninteresting story.
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2 von 11 Personen (18%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 16. Oktober
Not my game sadly
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2 von 11 Personen (18%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 11. Oktober
Beautiful game, but so incredibly boring. You might say that I didn't play long enough. Well, maybe. But if the game doesn't show me in 30min something that keeps me going, it's not good. I've also read that you should play 2 hours then it grows on you. Nope. In 2 hours I can have a lot fun with better games. I don't to spend it on a game that might be better after that time.

It's said to have a huge world. And the average game play time is about 20h. That's a lot, but my impression is that this is mainly backtracking and navigating through the sparsely populated water caves. I want to do things instead of swimming all the time.

Yeah, and ancient save game system. According to my research, if you haven't put the game away at the start, that will make you flip the table later.
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7 von 7 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
14.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 7. Mai
A rare gem of a game, rarely have I played a game that left such a lasting impression on me. You can feel the passion and dedication of the developers.

* Compelling story with interesting twists
* Great gameplay
* Well-tuned difficulty, never felt too easy nor too hard
* Beautiful graphics

I haven't even mentioned the best part yet: I find the soundtrack of this game breathtaking. It perfectly manages to capture the mood of the game. At the same time the music is warm, refreshingly cool, relaxing if not soothing, passionate and melancholic.
The rest of the audio is great as well. In particular, Jenna Sharpe does a great job voicing Naija. I don't remember whether it's part of the game or the independently released Aquaria sountrack, but Jenna's singing in the song "Fear the Dark" is worth mentioning.

One aspect of the game I didn't like is the cooking system, it didn't seem to quite fit with the rest, but it's just a minor issue.

In unison; story, gameplay, visuals, sound and music combined; this is one of the best games I've ever played.
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6 von 7 Personen (86%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
15.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 30. Juni
What is the reason we fall in love with a game? Is it the visuals that are aesthetically pleasant and utilize some original style? Or is it the world, the story, the characters? Maybe the biggest thing is gameplay mechanics, or if we speak about metroidvania genre in particular the complexity of the vast map and its clever design, which makes nearly every path valid and interesting? That matters a lot if a developer can not only make a bunch of interesting locations separated by obstacles that require special abilities or items to pass them, but also performs a miracle of guiding you through it without showing direction with a giant red arrow on the map. Feeling not lost, but intrigued like a true discoverer traversing unknown grounds — that matters a lot. And Aquaria has all of that and more. It has voice and sound. Beautiful and soothing voice of the protagonist narrating events throughout the game being as clueless as the player. And a truly amazing soundtrack, which is not just some “accompanying music”, but a masterpiece on its own. It stands out like a pearl lying on the ocean’s floor shining against the background of dull sand.
And it has one fatal truly hurting me flaw, which makes me love this game even more. That must be stupid — to love something because of the defect, one might think. But this one is special. Aquaria ends on a high note with a cliffhanger of such enormous proportions, that the fact that sequel most probably wouldn’t happen ever makes me sad ‘till the present day. A craftsmanship of just two guys, it came out in 2007, and it has been 7 years since then. Bit Blot studio is effectively defunct. Derek Yu created wonderful Spelunky, and Alec Holowka composed a lot of wonderful soundtracks for a number of games and collaborated on various projects, ultimately launching the successful Kickstarter campaign for a Night in the Woods, which looks very promising. To tell you the truth, the story of an underwater journey is still very much satisfying, it closes script arch in a wonderful way, with a proper resolution and sensible ending. It’s just that final little itty-bitty glimpse, that promises more of Aquaria to come, that sticks to my brain. And I can’t let go. Among hundreds of games that I played it’s the one I easily can name as one of the most beloved.
But obviously that moment in the end wouldn’t irritate me if the game itself was mediocre. So let’s talk about it for a moment, instead of grieving the never-happening-sequel. You play as Naija. You can call her a mermaid, I suppose; except she doesn’t really have that fish-like scale tail and looks more like a green-skinned girl with flippers and strange ears. So, she breathes underwater and even is able to “sing”. This is actually the main form of interaction with the world. For the most part the heroine can’t affect game objects directly. Different tunes perform different actions like lifting or shielding. But they all change “form” of Naija giving her offensive, defensive and various other abilities. In order to perform a melody the player has to select the right order of color-coded tones. Technically you are bound to do it only once, when learning it for the first time. After that you can use it with a hotkey, but then you’ll miss the one tiny detail: tones actually change depending on the region you are in. And that may not be the exact detail that makes Aquaria so great, but it is a great example of how vast the game is. Honestly: you can’t just point a finger at a single thing here and say, that it’s the most important — they all are. From the glorious warm waters of near-surface areas to the chilling thrills of deepest abyss this game just doesn’t stop to surprise. A very simplistic beginning that reflects Naija’s life as “a simple creature” in her own words transforms and grows like an underwater life itself becoming more and more complex, throwing in more mechanics, more songs, more pieces of backstory. It simply isn’t possible to draw a line here. Where does the story end and the gameplay begin? Where does the world transform into a form of a narrative? It’s just one whole engaging thing. I guess this is the best possible result for metroidvania, especially the one which starts with a phrase “The Verse binds us, narrator and explorer; my story will become your own, and yours will become mine.”
But you don’t know what The Verse is yet, do you? That is the force that runs through all the Aquaria (yes, game’s world has the same name as the game itself), every living being contains small part of this power, and it can be guided with rhythms and music. This seemingly peaceful concept can deceive you in the beginning into the feeling that all of the game would be careless joy and swimming around looking at the beautiful scenery. Well, in a way it is, but as you path goes down into the darkness closer to the ocean bed the grim secrets of game’s world become uncovered. What starts as seemingly aimless journey started out of curiosity turns out to be an epic tale about extinct races, gods gone mad and ultimately finding out what this all was about… except that last tiny bit, of course, but you already know that, and it shouldn’t bother you for now. Because there’s a whole world ahead of you, don’t miss an opportunity to visit it.
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3 von 3 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
4.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 26. September
You like Metroid? You like Castlevania? You'll like this game.

There are many different collectibles and suits (or spirits) to collect to enhance and change abilities. Naija's original form uses her singing ability to open up plant life (for food and bonuses), to open doors and discover secrets. The game has narration via Naija. However, not much is ever handed to you or hinted at, you must explore on your own and find your way.

There's a fun little wall bouncing mechanic that makes traversing the underwater environments fast and fun. There's also a cooking mechanic to help heal or boost stats for short periods to help beat bosses. A lot of the time you can approach exploration and combat in different ways. And it does get tough. Later stages it can turn into bullethell segments that require planning and fast reactions. There's plenty here to keep a Metroidvania addicted.
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
2.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 27. September
Gorgeous visuals, a lovely soundtrack, and a fun, fluid contronl scheme make Aquaria a joy to play.
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 12. Mai
Great music and visuals, pretty good story, though it leaves a cliffhanger, and I don't know if they plan on developing a sequel. Still, I would recommend.
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 31. Mai
Beautifull open area game, great music, story will unfold slowly as you explore the beautifull and mystical depths of the ocean. And then there is the music, i normally turn off the music and put on my own, but i even bought the soundtrack of this game, and i never done something like that before.
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1 von 2 Personen (50%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
29.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 27. Juni
A beautiful game that begs to be exlpored. That is the best reveiw I can make for it because its true.
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2 von 4 Personen (50%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. Juni
I originally played Aquaria on the iPad 2. I wasn't really a big tablet/phone gamer, but Aquaria looked fascinating, and I love me some Metroidvania, especially when it's done right as so many devs fail at. I was never really into PC games until I found out about Steam, i loved the idea of having an Xbox Live Arcade like system, and I had always heard of it but never knew what it was until recently. I was surprised to find how many games I loved that were on here, and when they do deales on things, it can make you want to buy a bunch of stuff. I HAD to buy Skyrim Deluxe pack even though I have it on 360 and with all DLC, I wanna see what kind of improvement my new PC will make.

Anyways as for Aquaria, if you like Metroidvania games, this is the game to buy, it takes place underwater but like any real Metroidvaniaa style game you have to power up and collect items to get to certain areas you've passed. It was so easy to control on iPad, I imagine the PC would be just as easy if not more so.
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4 von 8 Personen (50%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 27. Juni
I want to recommend this game because it is wonderfully crafted, the underwater world just looks fantastic and the soundtrack is also great and rather relaxing and suits the game very well. The only problem is, I found the game got very boring. I got hooked after the first 5 minutes and was thinking "this is amazing, this game is so cool", but after another half an hour of playing, I started to get bored. I'm not sure if this is because I've only played a short time and haven't unlocked a lot of things, but I just couldn't stay hooked on it.

The actual gameplay and controls are different to most games, and a little average at times when I found myself clinging to a wall when I didn't want to be there.

Another downfall of the game is the mostly black area that surrounds your screen and the game world a lot of the time. I get the point of it, you're swimming through caves and everything, but I didn't like it, it got in the way of, and ruined, the game world a little too much for me.

Overall I'd say that if this is on sale, -%50 or more, maybe pick it up and give it a go, you might enjoy it more than I did.
6/10
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1 von 2 Personen (50%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
30.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 17. September
Aquaria's an absolutely astounding game. Novel gameplay and absolutely stunning graphics, the world is really brought to life and the areas feel really ♥♥♥♥in' huge! It also helps that the protagonist is super cute.
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1 von 2 Personen (50%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
21.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. September
Chill underwater metroidvania.
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7 von 14 Personen (50%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
17.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 18. Juni
WHY HAVEN'T YOU PLAYED THIS YET
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