When it comes to videogames, the phrase "not for everyone" gets thrown around A LOT. After spending as much time as I could stand with Qualia 3, I have to ask, who is this for?
Somewhere in the deepest darkest part of the ocean, something really boring and annoying is happening. You're some sort of microscopic organism, and you have to destroy amoebas with bombs. Actually strike that, you don't destroy them with the actual explosions, you uh..smash(?) them with the ripple effect? It's like some interactive visual simulator, but it's also a game. You have a health meter, you can die, and most of the achievements involve taking no damage or finishing stages quickly.
I'm going to lay out what your experience with this game is going to be like. You'll play the first stage, you'll have this look on your face like you just saw a horrific car accident. The cause of the accident was a drunk cat. Do you ask yourself "Why was a cat driving a car?" or "Why was it drunk?" Before long the questions pile up:
"Who gave a cat a drivers license?"
"Was the cat at a bar?"
"How are the drinks?"
"Any attractive women?"
And then you complete stage 1. No really, I think the purpose of that stage was to wander in circles while trying to ineffectively destroy amoebas with the ripple effect...or???? Nothing seems to make sense but it doesn't matter, because you beat the first stage. You're on the winning road.
For completing trophies you're rewarded with cash. This is where most of your money is going to come from, so spend it wisely. One of the weapons you're given at first is the ability to absorb ripples. I guess this is supposed to improve the ripples of the bombs you place. Wouldn't it be better to simply have more explosions? So you buy the upgrade that spreads a bunch of bombs over a small area. This proves to be effective in stage 2. You're clearing those amoeba far more quickly than before.
But then you reach the stage 2 boss, and...that's it. The game is over, pack it up, throw it out the window. Why? Unless you've actually managed to figure out the mystery of the ripples, you'll spend the boss fight doing next to no damage. You'll place bombs like a nutty peanut, create a ton of ripples, but nothing will happen. I looked on youtube for some strats. Sure enough there's a guy that actually speedruns this game. He uses a weapon that creates ripple WAVES. He presses a button and the ripples smash entire lines of amoeba with ease. This thing is 10,000 times more effective than fiddling with bombs. Unfortunately it's really dang expensive. With enough grinding and a few more trophies you could probably afford that weapon, and go on to complete the game.
Or you'll just play something else, something that's actually enjoyable within seconds of pressing the start button instead of not at all. Qualia 3 is an enigma. Who does this appeal to? Is there more to it? Why is it so obtuse? You can be like me and allow the questions to form a mountain, a mountain that eventually crushes your skull. You could also be unlike me and not bother with this game in the first place.