The water is no longer calm. The undersea world has undergone a transformation from tranquil environment to a place of unspeakable violence, graphic murder and horrific danger. It is now the 27th century and mercenaries such as 'Emerald' Dead Eye Flint ply their deadly trade among the warring forces of man and nature.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (131 reviews) - 72% of the 131 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 30, 2001

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"A unique underwater post-apocalyptic action game with a thick dark atmosphere and distinctive characters. Chances are you will either hate it or love it"

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"Gorgeous, with great lighting effects, tremendous fireballs, and richly detailed models"
— Computer Gaming World 70 %

"Massive has set a new bar of measurable aesthetic luster in the PC market"
— IGN 70 %

"Clever AI, awesome sound, great story, brilliant graphics,..."
— 4players 88 %

About This Game

The water is no longer calm.

The undersea world has undergone a transformation from tranquil environment to a place of unspeakable violence, graphic murder and horrific danger. It is now the 27th century and mercenaries such as 'Emerald' Dead Eye Flint ply their deadly trade among the warring forces of man and nature. Gamers take the role of Flint, taking command of a loosely aligned force of fellow mercenaries who hire themselves out to the powerful leaders of this inhospitable world. Players fight vicious battles against crazed mercenaries, mighty military forces and hideous sea monsters. The frantic pace never lets up in Aquanox: True adrenaline-rush action for today's gamers.

Key features:

  • Mission based action with stunning and violent individual and team-based combat
  • Superbly crafted 3D graphics in a real-time, richly rendered underwater world of steep mountain ranges, intricate caverns, deadly currents and glittering underwater cities
  • 34 dangerous missions giving hours of action packed gaming
  • Multiplayer options for LAN and Internet for gripping deathmatch and team-based battles
  • Over 40 incredible enemies and vicious monsters to battle to the end
  • Atmospheric 3D soundtrack and music

System Requirements


    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000
    • Processor: Intel P3 or AMD Athlon/Duron >400MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB
    • Graphics: 16 MB AGP2X Video Card or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.0
    • Hard Drive: 500MB
    • Sound: SoundBlaster or compatible
    • Other Requirements: Joystick or Mouse


    • OS: Windows 98/ME/2000
    • Processor: Intel P3 or AMD Athlon/Duron >700MHz or Intel P4 > 1000MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB
    • Graphics: 64 MB AGP4X DirectX 8.0 Class Hardware with VertexShaders V1.1 and PixelShaders V1.0 or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.0
    • Hard Drive: 800MB
    • Sound: SoundBlaster Live or compatible, 4 speakers
    • Other Requirements: Joystick or Mouse
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
When I first saw aquanox is available on steam, I was really happy about it, another great title to play. But after I installed the game I discovered a lot of technical issues. First of all, there is no crossfire profile for this game, so if u got crossfire setup, you need to turn it off or you will get a nice flickering. Second problem comes if you choose the controllers of the game. Can be controlled by keyboard+joystick or keyboard+mouse combo. If you choose the later one and you have a modern laser mouse, you'll experince slow response time, which is kinda annoying. One solution for this problem, if you can get an older optical mouse. And finally let’s talk about the a game bit. If you want an undersea simulation or oceanic real-time strategy, then forget it, but if you're a fan of arcade action and great dialogues, then don't hesitate and grab it, even with those technical issues.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
«Yeeaaaah, that one's heading for the bottom!»
- Flavio Piccolini with his probably most repeated line ever in this game

I'm actually quite surprised to read so many negative reviews about Aquanox. It's one of those games I always wanted to play back in time, but never really had the chance to do so. Cyberpunkish submarine dogfights with crazy characters at 5000m under the sea, with sea monsters and ♥♥♥♥? What could possibly go wrong?

Many years later, recently, I finally put my hands on it. Contrary to my expectations I find that the game aged pretty well. The colorful graphics, although from 2001, are still nice to look at with all those light and plankton FX. Characters and voice actors are indeed cheesy, but really do entertain. So does the soundtrack, that could have been composed by The Prodigy in the flesh... Gameplay is fast and uncomplicated, there's even some nice cutscenes - what more could one want?

There are still some remaining issues like the default sensitivy with modern mice or the really unvaried mission design. In most levels you just dive from point A to B and shoot the ♥♥♥♥ out of Bionts, Crawlers or later Sea Monsters. The conversation sequences between the missions are also not everyone's cup of tea, although I was actually fine with it.

After about 10 hours you'll see the ending flickering over your screen and you may be dissapointed by the rather open ending. But it's definitely an entertaining experience after all, and that's what counts.

The Good:
+ Colorful and detailed graphics (for its time)
+ Interesting concept
+ Entertaining singleplayer campaign
+ Fine gameplay
+ Memorable music
+ Multiplayer
+ Cutscenes
+ Cheesy but solid voice acting

The Bad:
- No real variety in mission design
- Not a too wide selection of submarines and weapons
- Story and characters not everyone's taste

The Ugly:
-- Control issues with modern mice

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Holy crap, this game is bad. Using a keyboard and mouse: The response time is SO laggy, that doing missions is absurdly hard. This game's "highest end graphics" look old and stale.

Can you say voice acting? NOPE.

Your El Topo sounds like an on again, off again Sean Connery. It's almost like he just suddenly phases between a clean American accent, and suddenly Sean Connery. It's SO obvious that he's tryin to act like a good voice actor. However, sadly, that's just not so. If the scenes with El Topo were re-voiced in either the American accent, or full on Sean Connery, then what ever. However, this lackluster attempt at being "suave" just makes me laugh.

Frog: Holy ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥. I didn't even finish allowing this ♥♥♥♥ing terd of a voice actor, to ruin my ears. Less than 4 seconds in, and I'm hitting escape. I wanted to begin, ritualistically stabbing myself, or my computer, in order to make this unsightly thing just die, or go away. Never before in my life, have I ever listened to some Poke'mon voice actor reject, only to want to do physical harm to myself, or my machine. Please, for the sake of all that is, fire this person, and replace them immediately.

How this ♥♥♥♥ing nonsense got past Steam's Greenlight, I'll never know. Thank lord Gaben, that this piece of horse ♥♥♥♥ was on sale. What's worse is, this game shamelessly rips off Cortana, from Halo. They even attempt to make her call you "baby" to sexy it up. Ick...

If ever there were a depths of hell for those of us who aren't scrubs, this game will most assuredly be there. I wouldn't wish this badly designed, voiced, or performed abomination on my worst of enemies.

Do not waste your money, even if it's cheap.

I do however, have something positive to say about this game.

I'm a fan of audio books. My favorite of which is, Ruby The Galactic Gumshoe. The way this video game is put together story wise, and how the voice acting is carried out, is in a similar light to Ruby. In this regards, I give you a C- for effort.

Over-all game: 4/10.
Voice acting: 3/10
Graphics: 6/10
Controls: 1.5/10
Replayability: 0/10
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
AquaNox is one of the best games I've played. Not a very strong story, ♥♥♥♥♥♥ graphics for 2014, I'll give you that. But the amount of customization for the time it was released, the amount of different enemies and the freedom you had was really new for its time.

It's a masterpiece, just like Myst, just like Jak and Daxter, even if this game, AquaNox, is not so widely known. The mechanics work wonders.

Only a side note: If you have a high DPI mouse, be sure to set it on lower values, or try to get a patch for it, otherwise the game will go crazy with your mouse speed.

Great game: 7.5/10. Would buy it again (and so did I, I bought it the first time long before Steam was even a dream...)
Worth: 10 dollars.
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
Beautiful game, even though the graphics are getting dated.
Lots of fun. Terrible voice acting. Okay plot.

Plays mostly like a space shooter, under water.
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