Art Style: AQUIA Review
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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.

Art Style: AQUIA screenshot

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!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

Graphics are very simplistic. Although the blue, black, white, and purple color scheme is certainly stylistic, it can be a strain to look at if you are playing marathon-style.
The controls feel very familiar and recall other puzzle standards like Tetris, which is a good thing in this case.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The light music is nice at first, but the "danger" music starts way too early and can really make your head hurt.

Play Value
AQUIA is a very simple puzzler, and the two modes included with the game don't offer much variety. Still, for five hundred DSi points, it is a pretty good deal.

Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Dive into Art Style: AQUIA, a fast-paced, underwater puzzle game that asks you to think fast and move even faster.
  • Help the scuba diver reach the ocean's floor by matching three or more colored blocks horizontally or vertically. The more blocks you match, the faster the diver will descend.
  • Fail to clear blocks and the diver's air supply will start to run out, causing darkness to creep in from above and cloud your vision.
  • Race against time in Timed Dive, dive deep in Free Dive mode, or visit the AQUARIUM to view various sea creatures.

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