Aquaria (video game)
Aquaria is a side-scrolling action-adventure game designed by Alec Holowka and Derek Yu. The game follows Naija, an aquatic humanoid woman, as she explores the underwater world of Aquaria. The gameplay focuses on a combination of swimming, singing, and combat, through which Naijas can interact with the world.
About Aquaria (video game) in brief
Aquaria is a side-scrolling action-adventure game designed by Alec Holowka and Derek Yu, who published the game in 2007 as the independent game company Bit Blot. The game follows Naija, an aquatic humanoid woman, as she explores the underwater world of Aquaria. Along her journey, she learns about the history of the world she inhabits as well as her own past. The gameplay focuses on a combination of swimming, singing, and combat, through which Naijas can interact with the world. Critics focused primarily on the visuals, music, and atmosphere as being particularly praiseworthy, while negative critiques more often centered on the map system and limited variety of objectives. In 2009, an album with the Aquaria soundtrack was released. It includes all of the music in the game, aswell as a new nine-minute vocal track and a few remixes. A Linux version of the game was released as part of the first Humble Indie Bundle collection in 2010, a version for the iPad was released in 2011, and an Android version debuted in 2013 alongside another Humble Bundle collection. The game, originally only available for personal computers, was designed to be primarily controlled solely through the mouse, though it can also be controlled with a keyboard or Xbox 360 controller. The player directs Naijas through an underwater world composed of several distinct regions, ranging from caves to underwater ruins to sunlit oases. These areas are filled with plant and animal life, which can be hostile, friendly, or neutral towards her.
Hostile plants and animals can hurt her, reducing her health meter, by touching her or firing projectiles at her. While exploring the world, the player can collect various ingredients from interaction with animals, mainly by combating her foes. The most common ingredients can be used to cook dishes, which have varying effects on the most common Naijo. The default form, or \”normal form\”, is the only one in whichNaija can sing, and is theonly one where her appearance is modifiable by the player by having her wear costumes found throughout the game. In this form, she is not harmed by thorns on any plants. Other forms can only be used once found in-game, such as the energy form, which allows Naiya to shoot projectiles to attack enemy creatures, and the spirit form, where she can pass through barriers inaccessible to her in her natural form. The specific tones that are played when the player selects a note can subtly change in different regions, matching the background music. Once learned through the plot, the game allows the player to move to specific locations marked by blue crystals without passing through time without passing the time barrier. In the game’s plot, another character named Lial who is met by one of the other characters can merge with another character and take on a different form, affecting the actions taken by one other character. Lial can also change her physical appearance into other forms that have different abilities, like shooting seeds that produce flowers and spiky plants.