It’s not the most detailed simulation, but it’s relaxing
After an absurd amount of pretend play for an absurd amount of professions and hobbies, it’s nice to see a game about creating aquariums to meet the needs of your customer base. It’s on the pretty stripped-down side of the sim spectrum, but Aquarium designer – out this week on Steam for $ 9 with a 10% discount on the launch window – is certainly relaxing.
The gameplay involves taking emails from paying customers, choosing the right species of fish and plants, heating, filter and growing medium, and making sure the pH level is not out of whack. In other words, it’s a lot of slow clicks and swipes. It’s a mood.
As an adult who had a really fun and rewarding aquarium trip, I wanted to try the demo for Aquarium designer. I went straight to the blue gourami – love them.
The game looks down, and I like some of the sillier touches, like receiving repeated emails from Uncle Joe. “The aquarium you created for us started to get a little boring, and our cat, Franky, fished a few times and ate them all.” Uncle no!
Another fun twist: A first mission had an optional objective of “recreating” an aquarium based on a coarse pencil drawing of children. Is that Anubias I spotted, Jimmy?
As you complete tasks, you’ll level up and unlock an assortment of cash, gear, and decorations. And even after the job is done, you can come back later to polish things up.
From my quick 15 minute demo, I didn’t feel like the simulation under the hood is very thorough, and I had a fish clip through a rock, so I would have come with modest expectations. . That said, the price tag isn’t outrageous, and it might be a good fit for young amateurs or players who are totally okay with a little jank. The concept is solid.
The full version of the game Aquarium designer has a Relaxed setting, where fish and plants are impossible to kill and the water quality does not deteriorate, as well as a Realistic setting, where simulation causes pH fluctuations “even when play is not on. not active ”.
I will say this: I do not fail to have to use a gravel vacuum.