More Reviews
REVIEWS Slender: The Arrival Review
Few games can offer genuine scares in the horror genre. Can Slender: The Arrival prove otherwise and it can offer more?

Pillars of Eternity Review
Obsidian Entertainment creates a retro Infinity Engine RPG funded by Kickstarter. Is it as good as previous Infinity Engine games, or does the novelty quickly wear off?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Dirty Bomb Preview
Looking for a more competitive, challenging online FPS multiplayer game? Splash Damage is introducing just that by dropping a Dirty Bomb on the free-to-play game market.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
Release date: 04/01/15

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Release date: 04/07/15


LATEST FEATURES 6 Helpful Tips for Pillars of Eternity
Simply put, Pillars of Eternity can become maddening if players aren't careful.

Top 10 Active Video Game Kickstarter Campaigns
There are lots of indie projects going on right now, so we did the dirty work for you and found the best.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES Top 50 Pokémon of All Time
Can you believe there are now six generations of Pokémon? Six!! That's a crazy amount of different creatures to collect. But which are the cream of the crop? Don't worry, Magikarp isn't actually one of them.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137
The perils of the Hype Train…
By shandog137
Posted on 03/09/15
The recent release of Evolve and The Order 1886 really got me to thinking about the disparity between the perspective of sales-driven publishers and the quality-driven purchases of consumers. The “Hype Train” is nothing new, but the way it is utilized has been creating far more...

Aqua Aqua Review

By:
G-Wok
01/17/01
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Puzzle 
PLAYERS 1- 2 
PUBLISHER 3DO 
DEVELOPER Zed Two 
RELEASE DATE  
E Contains No Descriptors

What do these ratings mean?

Welcome to our ool. Notice there is no "p" in it.

Some games make you laugh, some games make you cry, and other games just confuse the hell out of you. If it's the last category you're looking for, I proudly present a wonderful (I wish there was a better way to convey sarcasm in the written language) little game called Aqua Aqua. The name's so confusing, you have to say it twice just to understand what's going on.

Okay, so the first thing you need to know is that it's a 3D-puzzle game similar to Wetrix. In fact, it's largely the same game. Simple enough, right?

The next thing you should know is that there's a story. Why is there a story to a puzzle game, you ask? Dear reader, I have absolutely no idea. In an attempt to keep the confusion to a minimum, I'll just give the abbreviated rundown of the plot. Water fairies vs. evil monsters. The end. Any more information than that and I'm sure I would have lost you all.

Now since we all love the water fairies and hate the evil monsters (because fairies = good, monsters = bad), our mission is to save the little patch of Earth the fairies call home. To do that, players must build up the earth on the little fairies' land, being ever so careful not to let any of the rain spill over the side.

Like many puzzlers, objects fall from the sky and players just have to deal with it. In Aqua Aqua, all kinds of things drop out of the sky. Water pieces need to be dropped in valleys and fireballs used to evaporate the lakes provide points. Ice cubes freeze the water and bombs just blow stuff up. The monsters also jump in once in awhile to mess things up. Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it?

According to the manual, "Uppers raise the land and form hills and mountains...downers can be used to lower hills and mountains." Uppers and downers. I think this adequately proves that whomever designed this game did so whilst wrapping their lips around a large pipe and inhaling deeply.

The game has three modes of play and some training levels to start you off. Initially, you'll only be able to play the Quick mode (basic game), but once all of the training exercises are complete, Story and Versus will be unlocked.

Like any other red-blooded gamer, you'll start off with the training. Things are very easy going and the teacher fairy tells you exactly what to do. While the training is very cut and dried, the control is definitely the opposite. Since any gaps you leave on the map will result in lost water, pinpoint placing of your objects is critical. The control is very loose, making it difficult to put pieces exactly where you want them.

However, even with this problem, you won't have too much to worry about. I know I didn't. Apparently I didn't have much trouble at all. At least that's the idea I got when the " I just passed the game" ending credits rolled after a mere hour or so. Four levels and it's over. Five, if you pass these levels with a Master rank. Whoo hoo. Great for those occasions when you're waiting for your TV dinner to get out of the microwave.

The other strange thing about the game is the condition for victory. To complete a stage, players must survive for a certain amount of time (which isn't shown onscreen) and make it through three monster attacks. This is especially strange if you've never looked at the manual and wonder how the heck you just passed that level.

The only things that aren't very confusing are the graphics and sound. Aqua Aqua shows off clean and colorful visuals along with decent sound. Very solid all around.

Like all other puzzle games, Aqua Aqua is best when played with a friend. A good multiplayer game beats the bizarre Story mode hands down. It just makes much more sense.

It all comes down to how bad you want a puzzle game. Being only the second puzzler for the Playstation 2, I'd choose this one over Fantavision. Unfortunately, that's not saying much. If you really want a challenge, do yourself a favor and buy a Rubik's Cube.

C+ Revolution report card
  • Easy gameplay
  • Nice Multiplayer
  • A little too easy
  • Loose control
  • Just plain strange
    Reviews by other members
    No member reviews for the game.


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

 


More information about Aqua Aqua


More On GameRevolution