A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Guiding Naija around the screen couldn't be easier, though the use of multi-touch to sing songs is sometimes more complicated than it should be.
Violence & Scariness
Lead character Naija gets in plenty of battles, but it's mostly energy balls being exchanged. The opening cut scene features destruction, people screaming, and a character apparently drowning.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Aquaria is an adventure/role-playing game set in an underwater world. The game is more of a quest for discovery than it is an action title, though there are some mild combat scenes. Through music, Naija (the lead character) can transform and defend herself. The action sequences in the game are tame, but the opening cut scene is a bit more direct, with people screaming and a character seemingly drowning. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
AQUARIA has appeared on other gaming platforms, but it feels at home on the iPad, offering an experience that is both intriguing and serene. As Naija, you'll explore a stunning underwater world trying to fill holes in your memory. While there's some combat, this is a game about character development. The most interesting element to the game is the use of music. Learning new abilities (such as transformation or shields) is essentially a game of Simon (i.e. parroting back notes), but the songs of Naija, blended with the background music, make this an incredibly soothing game that makes time fade away. The app suggests playing with headphones -- and it really does improve the experience.
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