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 (120 reviews) - 75% of the 120 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 30, 2001

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy AquaNox

Packages that include this game

Buy AquaNox + AquaNox 2

Includes 2 items: AquaNox, AquaNox 2: Revelation

Buy Nordic Games Classic Mix

Includes 14 items: AquaNox, AquaNox 2: Revelation, ArcaniA, Gothic® 3, Neighbours from Hell Compilation, Painkiller Hell & Damnation, Painkiller: Black Edition, Panzer Elite Action Gold Edition, Silent Storm Gold Edition, SpellForce - Platinum Edition, SpellForce 2: Gold Edition, SuperPower 2 Steam Edition, The Guild II, The Guild II - Pirates of the European Seas


Recommended By Curators

"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"

Recent updates View all (2)

September 10

Last chance to support us on Kickstarter!

The last 24 hours for our Kickstarter campaign for the new Aquanox Deep Descent are upon us.

Help us make the game bigger and better, and influence what features the final game will include!

Support us now on Kickstarter:
Or pledge via PayPal:

Thanks for helping us spread the word and making this game happen!
Aquanox Team

1 comments Read more

August 18

The Kickstarter campaign for Aquanox Deep Descent is now live!

Check it out:


  • Campaign ends on September 11th 2015
  • Main Funding Goal: 75.000 USD
  • Backers can vote on which stretch goals should be prioritized
  • Assets and research from an unreleased THQ underwater action game called Deep Six have been integrated into the pre-production

Vienna, AUSTRIA, August 18th 2015

Nordic Games and Digital Arrow announce the Kickstarter of Aquanox Deep Descent.

Backers can vote on which stretch goals should be prioritized.

In addition to that, assets and research from an unreleased THQ underwater action game called Deep Six have been integrated into the pre-production of the game.

More in-depth information, which would go beyond the scope of this press release, can be found on the Kickstarter Page:

“Reaching the main funding goal of the Kickstarter campaign will allow us to create a new Aquanox game of the size and complexity it deserves, for gamers around the globe. At the same time, it also allows us to make its future players an integral part in development decisions surrounding the game at its earliest stages,” comments Norbert Varga, project lead at Digital Arrow.

“We’ve had long discussions with Digital Arrow about the scope of the game and the transition to Unreal Engine 4. Based on our positive previous experience with Kickstarter (The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 together with the developer KING ART), we firmly believe it is the right platform to help us achieve our joint vision for the future of Aquanox”, adds Martin Kreuch, producer at Nordic Games.

About Aquanox Deep Descent
Aquanox Deep Descent is a re-imagining of both the gameplay and world of the original AquaNox-series, taking into account the scientific advances made since the first game. Like its predecessors, the game will be an underwater vehicle shooter, in which players control a variety of customizable ships to engage in submarine battles in the dystopian deep sea world of Aqua.
  • Fight - Action-packed vehicle shooter combat that supports a wide variety of play styles
  • Co-op - 4 player drop-in co-op, with four unique pilots who are all involved in the game story
  • Customize - Create your ship from an extensive range of ship pieces and various customization options
  • Explore - Discover the deepest corners of the ocean
  • RPG Elements - Mining, salvaging, trading and looting
  • PVP - Classic multiplayer modes, including Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch Dogfighting

Stay tuned!
Your Nordic Games Team

2 comments Read more


"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
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
A good way to describe this game, would be a Post-Apocalyptic-Underwater-Minisub-Shooter-Noire. The length of this description is appropriate given the ceaseless exposition and shoe-horning of story and game world terms into the script.

The game is not without charm though.

I would suggest it is a good reference for the would be game writer. The problem presented is that the player's interaction with the world is almost entirely made up of flying a combat mini-submarine and shooting at things. The experience itself tells little story without all the radio chatter and docking bay dialog around it.

As a result, many of the characters between missions will have highly convoluted political opinions or possess absurdly esoteric knowledge. Your point of view in the story is the role of Flint, who himself seems to have some very developed opinions. This makes it quite challenging to relate to the character effectively.

An attempt to make the game relatable seems to have been made in the form of a stylistic choice in the script. The game is strewn with metaphors and similes and delivered in a film-noire-esque monotone meter. Ultimately, the game asks too much of that stylistic choice to fix its over-riding problems.

It's a shame, since if you dig into the script, you can tell a lot of effort has been made to flesh the game world out, but it's just too esoteric. Players can handle detail, but they have to have been along for the ride that tangentially cobbles together that detail.

As for the game mechanics themselves - well your first problem on a modern system will be attempting to get the controls to work. If your optical mouse has a high polling rate which you cannot lower, you're going to have a bad time and I would suggest trying to use a pad.

There are some attempts at underwater physics in the form of currents and water resistance seems to effect the motion of the turret control (although, this could just be the modern peripheral issues). There is a ballistics system which is nice as you have to lead your target and you would expect water to have some effect on projectile velocity. The lack of speed boosting (at least up to the point I have played) is disappointing - speed as a limited resource makes for an exciting mechanic in this type of game.

On all fronts, Aquanox is a reference game that has a lot to teach the would be game-maker about the mis-use of talent. It is rough around the edges and perhaps ruined somewhat by modern computer equipment. But if you pick it up for cheap or in a bundle, I think it's worth a look.

My highlight of the game, has to be the drum & bass music with a 1950s bbc radio announcer accent layered over the top.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 5 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Game sucks.
-Game option menu there is only 1 option, so why even create a submenu for 1 single config?
-Sensitivity is insanely high by default.
-The worst hud effect i ever seen in a game, it wobbles around with your camera, combine that with the high mouse sensitivity and you can't see sheet.
-The first mission: shoot scrap in the scrapyard at waypoint, after shooting all visible scrap the mission still wasn't progressing.

Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
26 of 32 people (81%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
26 of 34 people (76%) 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny