Aquaville: iPhone App Written Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we generally dread reviews like Aquaville by developer Barunson Creative. This isn’t because we dislike the genre (something we’re going to start calling “world building micro”) but because we end up playing the damn things for so long! Aquaville is no exception, and now that we’ve had ample time to dip our toes into the water, so to speak, we’re proud to deliver our full review of this Universal application to your doorstep below. So without further ado, let’s dive straight into the deeps of what Aquaville has to offer.
Concept and Gameplay
Over the years we have had ample opportunity to play an entire boat load of games within the same genre as Aquaville. These are the sort of games where you’re given a basic plot of land and a few workers, which you then must utilize to build whole new buildings, mine resources, and draw citizens. Aquaville has all of this and more, only in a more unique setting than we’re used to. Rather than carving out your own Vegas in the desert, you instead must found your own coral reef deep beneath the waves. You’ll be mining minerals, building underwater homes, attracting local fish, and upgrading the wild life. It’s a fun mixture, and one that we’re happy to see. Typically these games come with the same sort of Sim City urban feel, but the cutesy nature and pleasant atmosphere of Aquaville is easy to get an hold on. All in all, there are several hundred varieties of fish, buildings, and equipment for you to build and use, which means one could easily spend hours upon hours playing the game—we know we certainly did!
Design and Graphics
Best of all, the app looks pretty slick on the iPhone, too. It’s got a very cartoony feel to it, so if you’re not a fan of that kind of art style, we suggest you look elsewhere for some building action. For the rest of us, it’s a pleasant affair. We do wish the game didn’t require our Facebook account to play it, though: We’re not adversed to the idea of using our Facebook accounts to log-in to new games, we’ve even encouraged it in the past. But we simply don’t our iPhone apps posting themselves to our walls for our friends to see. Especially cute, underwater cartoon ones.
Still, as a free offering in the App Store, Aquaville is pretty darn hard to argue with in terms of value. One could easily spend a few days solid playing the game, and with cute graphics, a deep cut of content, and more than enough action to keep us busy for a long time to come, the app is an easy recommendation for those looking for a new entry into the genre.
Aquaville requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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