AQUASCAPES


by PLAYRIX ENTERTAINMENTBIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics ***** Player participation (PP) ***** Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****

Frustration Factor (FF) Nil Fair Play (FP) **** Tedium Factor (TF) Nil

FUN! FUN! FUN!

Explore the incredible underwater hidden object world of Aquascapes. Take care of your finned friends. Play with them and watch as they interact with each other. Engage in unique gameplay as you earn money to customize your tank. Choose from a variety of vibrant backgrounds and charming decor to turn your tank into a design masterpiece. But that’s not all! Each fish has its own fun personality, who will be your favorite? (BigFish Sales Blurb)

Be warned – this game is addictive.  More than that – it makes you not want to leave it because the poor fishies’ tanks will get grotty and they will need feeding if you are away too long.  Exiting the game is the only way – but your first job upon returning will be to clean the tanks and feed the fish who will all thank you profusely for not letting them starve.

You start off slowly, a little unsure how much you will need to add to the tank before you can increase the number of fish, and wondering how many ‘beautiful’ things you really need to add to gain the Trophy that will unlock so many things.  Then you realise you can buy more tanks – one at a time, thank goodness, as you soon discover you have to continually pop back and forth between them.  Plus you name your fish – either accept the name offered or scroll through them to find ones you like.  Not that you will remember them after a little while.  But that is okay because they always have their name beside them for feeding so you don’t forget.

Then you explore the backgrounds on offer which come with added extras you can purchase.  Meanwhile you are making sure that you always find the 3 shells per scene each time as they also give you more tank stuff – décor, plants and fish.  The more you realise you can do, and the more tanks you unlock and buy, the more you want.  You constantly check the tanks to clean and feed the fish – this is vital as it also adds to your coins and counts towards the next Level step.

I am a huge fan of the GARDENSCAPES 1 & 2, MANSION MAKEOVER series – well of Renovation games generally – and I think that this game adds another dimension to it.  This constant interaction with your fish and their tanks makes you feel responsible for them – ridiculous as it sounds.  It’s just a game, but still you are inclined to keep playing and doing just one more clean and feed before you Exit.

It goes without saying that I bought it at once.  And that I highly recommend it.

Jud House  13/05/2013

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UPDATE  

I now have 16 tanks!!!  Am working towards 17th.

There is one problem with this game – apart from its Addictive nature  – and that is that although you are able to sell items in the tanks, for much less than you paid for them as they are now second-hand, if you do so once you have achieved a full quota of Fish and Trophies, you will immediately drop back a level, losing both Fish and Trophy as a result.  Now that in itself is okay – you can buy different things for the Tank to regain your trophy, but you would also have to buy new Fish.

Now you know that it’s just a game.  And that the Fish aren’t real – despite the fact that they talk to you, play games with you, and with each other in the tanks, and interact with you if you tickle them with the Cursor, and get excited when you feed them and clean their tank so they can see out.   This creates the previously mentioned sense of responsibility that makes this game such a great way to teach your kids about looking after Pets without the real pets suffering.  But this causes a weird feeling that you would be chucking out your little pals just to change the tank a little. 

So you say “Nah.  Not doing that.”  And buy another Tank!  😀

Jud House  26/08/2013

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About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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