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Sponsored Game Review: Aquator

July 25, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

There are a whole host of games on the Play Store that rely on the tilt and balancing of devices and it’s hard not to see why. They’re very effective games that offer near instant gratification and they’re great for younger players as well as casual gamers. The problem is, with so many of them out there, is there any room for any more of these titles? Read on to see if Aquator is a title worth playing.

Description: Right from the get-go, it’s clear that Aquator is a title meant for younger players, which isn’t a bad thing. However, if you were looking for something a little suitable for yourself, this might not be the right choice. Aquator is a game that’s set deep underwater with evil and nasty sea creatures trying to recruit young sea creatures for their own evil armies. It’s up to you to make sure that this doesn’t happen, and that the bad guys are taught a lesson. The controls are simple, the action is easy-going and there’s nothing stopping you giving the kids the smatphone or tablet and leaving them at it for a little while. You can take a look at the video below for a little more info:

How it Works: To get started, you’ll first have to download the game from the Play Store and then you can start teaching those baddies a lesson!

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Just hit the play button to start your game.

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The game will handle all of the firing, so all you need to do is guide your ship to make sure you don’t hit anything and those shots hit on target. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the heart in the bottom-left corner, that will tell you how much health you have left.

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As you go through the levels, you’ll pick up crates. These often have weapon power-ups in them and often they have health in there as well. There’s also the nuke, that you can use to destroy all enemies on the screen. You can only do this every so often though.

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To build up that high-score, you have to defeat the evil creatures like the one in the above screenshot. Defeating more of them will give you a higher-score overall. If you’re struggling with the sensitivity you can always turn it down in the settings:

Opinion: While the core mechanics of Aquator and fun and easy enough to pick up, it’s a real shame that there isn’t more to the game. The addition of new weapons you can pick-up throughout the levels is nice but, there’s no way of customizing your vessel and the game can feel a little repetitive the more you play it. The younger audience however, should have a lot of fun with the game, as it can be quite addictive and over time you really learn to master the game there can be a great sense of accomplishment when you continue to win. It’s a shame that there isn’t more on offer in the game but, it certainly is entertaining.

Ratings

  • Speed (3.5/5) – For a game that’s supposed to be fast-paced, it’s not quite as fast as we thought it was going to be. That said, it’s fast enough.
  • Features (3/5) – The core gameplay is a lot of fun but, it’s such a shame there isn’t anything else to back it up. We hope that more is coming soon.
  • Theme (4/5) – Everything looks good and Aquator does a good job of putting the player in the depths of the ocean.
  • Overall (4/5) – Aquator is a fun game but, it unfortunately wears off a little quicker than we thought it would. It is however, a great game for the younger audience.

Pros

  • Aquator is a lot of fun, especially for those looking for something easy to get into. 
  • The characters and enemies have clearly had a lot of effort put into them and look good.
  • Being set deep under the ocean is a breath of fresh from the fictional galaxies often used in these games.
  • Use of the accelerometer is given full focus, and there’s no need to worry about firing or anything else – perfect for younger players.

Cons

  • Not a lot of content outside of continually taking on the same enemies. 
  • Could do with a little bit of a speed boost.

Conclusion: When weighing it all up, we thought Aquator was a pretty good game, it’s just a real shame that there’s not enough of it. The core mechanic of tilting your device side-to-side never gets out, and while it’s a well-trodden one now, it still works well. The artwork here is good and the setting is breath of fresh air compared to most shooters like this. The core gameplay works well, and is a lot of fun – not having to fire actually keeps the focus on tilting and making sure to choose the right path. Aquator is not the fastest game we’ve played but, it’s more than quick enough for casual gamers and the younger audience. Overall, Aquator is a decent bit of fun that should keep you entertained for a time.

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