|System: DSi (DSiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Skip Ltd.||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Apr. 5, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
AQUIA's control scheme is very simple, and it will be quite familiar to puzzle enthusiasts. You move your little bricks up and down using the D-pad and can rotate the brick by using either the Y, X, or shoulder button. This control configuration is more than a little reminiscent of Tetris, which is a good thing, as it makes the game immediately easy to control and familiar to puzzle game fans.
The sound in Art Style: AQUIA is a little bit disappointing. Although each level starts out with nice, simplistic tunes that are pleasant to listen to, when your time starts running out, this blaring, almost siren-like tone starts playing. Instead of motivating me to work faster or find a really creative solution, this noise simply motivated me to turn the sound down instead.
Visuals in AQUIA are very simplistic but effective, overall. The game has a very strong color palette filled with deep blues, blacks, and purples. It may remind you of a terrible bruise, but the color scheme is very engaging and gives this title a unique feel. Although, I have discovered that playing at low light for any extended period of time can really put a strain on your eyes, so make sure you play this one in a well-lit area!
Although the concept and gameplay in AQUIA is quite simple, I found the game to be very challenging, despite some of its shortcomings. There may be only two modes, but the block-shifting mechanic keeps the gameplay fresh, and I found myself wanting to come back to this title more than a few times. If you are a puzzle fan, AQUIA is a great deal at only 500 points, and even though the timing mechanic can be maddening (not to mention headache-inducing), I found the overall experience to be quite rewarding. Art Style: AQUIA is a challenging puzzler and, as such, is certainly not for the faint of heart. But, if you are up for the test, than this title is definitely worth checking out!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor