Levels and Progression
Remember Big Pharma, that awesome Medical Management game? Yes? Now that away all the medicine and add fish; ta-da, Megaquarium.
The developers that brought us Big Pharma have now brought us an Aquarium based simulation and Management game. The premises is a simple on, build the ultimate functioning, money producing aquarium where all the fish are happy and living in an environment. The game has a decent progression line, linear and straight forward. Each level unlocks bigger and better ways to expand your aquarium, just like any other simulation game I guess. The levels difficulty progression is slight but can become challenging if you aren’t used to these types of games, it becomes very management orientated and less building orientated.
Simple but frustrating at times. The game real easy to navigate and understand. The User Interface (The UI from here on) is super simple, almost too simple, shows lack of creativity in my opinion, however, it helps with beginners looking to get into gaming and these kind of games. Catch 22 if you will. The gameplay does help with the relaxing feeling this game creates, it doesn’t make you overthink anything. Everything you need is at your disposal. I didn’t find anything clunky within this game, which is usually the case with simulation and builder games, there is usually something that doesn’t work or place right, didn’t have any issues here, Game plays really well.
Visuals and Audio
As previously mentioned, the games look and feel is very simple when it comes to the UI so that’s covers that, simple colours and simple layouts. When it comes to the rest, they did enough in my opinion. The games looks and feels like a non-AAA developers game, if that makes sense. The game looks outstanding for its caliber, but I don’t feel like 3 years of progression since Big Pharma has been put onto the creation of this game, it is still very much the same but more colour and vibrant, with some better finishing touches.
As for the audio, I mean, I’m not really into repetitive calming music in games, even for titles such as Sims City, City Skylines, and Two Point Hospital I put the music off and play Spotify or YouTube quietly in the background while I work away. If you otherwise enjoy the ambience of the soft gentle music in your ear while you play away then this game does a really good job at conveying that relaxation to the player with music. Sound effects are non-existent, 1 clicky sound when you tap stuff otherwise nothing to write home about.
Not a game id buy because I’m not really excited by the fact that I get to play with fish, however, being forced into reviewing this game has given me more of an open-mind when it comes to this smaller management titles, I mean, I was determined to make sure that all my fish survived and were fed, that the staff knew how to handle my expensive little babies and that the piping was sufficient enough to keep my babies happy. I started to become obsessed with the different fish and started naming them, crazy I know. The worst part is that fish die, which Is probably why I am not allowed animals In real life, because I’m a killer, it took me 3 restarts before I managed to get the babies to pull through and live day after day and you don’t get restarts in real life! This game got me for hours and I had a great time playing it, would I pay for it? Probably not but I would recommend it to any management game enthusiast and anyone looking to break into the genre.
Reviewed on: Microsoft PC
Available on: Microsoft PC, Linux, Macintosh PC
Genre: Simulation and Management
Age Rating: Pegi 3
Publisher/Developer: Twice Circled
Estimated RRP: R150.00
Release Date: 13 Sep, 2018
- Calming and Relaxing
- Various Fish and Cared techniques
- Challenges are fun
- Music and Audio too simple
- Graphics could be better