Megaquarium – PC Review

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Genre: Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Developer: Twice Circled
Publisher: Twice Circled
Release Date: Sep 13, 2018
Edited by KnightAvenger

There is a new type of theme park management tycoon game out and it comes with an aquatic twist. Megaquarium allows you to design your displays how you see fit. You can put them in an open walk-around area as well as on the walls. There are many different fish to choose from and they all come with their own wants and desires. As with all theme park management tycoon-style games, there are staff to manage as well as guests to look after, and you are in charge of it all.

There are 10 levels, campaign mode, to learn the game in that they get more in-depth and complicated as the levels go on. Megaquarium has more species of marine life than you will know where to put. Throughout the levels, you will unlock many fish, sharks, crustaceans, corals, jellyfish, and so many more. Your choices don’t stop there; on top of choosing your marine life and tank style and decorating them, there are also staff to hire. Staff come with their own skill sets and potential for you to nurture and grow.

One of the key aspects of each level is the research; you must unlock new animals and technology to progress through the campaign, and research is the key. If the guests like your displays and your animals are happy, you will continue to be able to unlock new and exciting features. Your guests will need facilities, too, as well as be able to sit and eat. As long as your guests are happy, they will stay longer and spend more money. As with any management tycoon game, there is, of course, a money aspect. Your staff must be paid and your marine life is not cheap. Some animals are more specialized than others and will require more work from you and your staff, but that is what the people will pay the big bucks to see. As with real life aquariums, you can direct your guests through the gift shop before the exit just to make sure they buy everything they could ever want from a day at your amazing aquarium. There are four different types of currency in the game to keep an eye on. The first one is regular currency, which we all know about. The second is ecology points, which you gain depending on which types of fish you have in your tanks. You will also need science points to do the research we talked about earlier. The last currency to keep an eye on is prestige, which you will need in order to level up your aquarium.

Megaquarium does an excellent job of teaching you along the way. It doesn’t overload you with everything at once and there aren’t pop-ups every five seconds, either. It gives you some instruction at the beginning of each level in the campaign and lets you explore. If you forget a component, there are convenient help buttons next to each goal for the level. Besides the campaign mode, there is a sandbox mode. With sandbox, you can customize your settings and play how you like. The graphics are simple but appealing. With bright colors and soothing music, you can play this game for hours without even realizing.

In conclusion, Megaquarium is like owning your own aquarium but without all the fish poop. You control everything from your fish and tanks to your staff and guests. The graphics may be simple, but that doesn’t take away from the playability. They are old school with having little detail and minimal design for the people. The marine life resembles their real life counterparts close enough to recognize the different species. The audio is pleasant; it is very happy and cheerful, it is upbeat and catchy. There are all the sounds you would expect to hear, such as the splashing water from feeding to the sounds of the pumps. This game goes for $24.99 (USD) on Steam, which is an average price point for this kind of game.

Pros:

  • You control everything
  • There are many different marine life to choose from
  • The number of decorations is good

Cons:

  • There is a lot to manage, and if you are not careful, it will get away from you
  • There are only 10 levels in the campaign

Wolfpack “Isolde_89” give Megaquarium a Drastik Measure of 8.0 out of 10 (80)