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Monday, October 02, 2006
Information about Derek Yu's latest shareware game is finally out. Aquaria is set to be released in early 2007, and was submitted as an IGF competition entry as well.

More details available from Derek's blog and the official site.

Top ten things you need to know about Aquaria:

1. Shareware, non-linear 2D adventure game with underwater setting.
2. Mouse-only control scheme with 360 degrees movement.
2. Several times bigger than Eternal Daughter.
3. Very little text dialogue, only voice narration.
4. Main character has to sing to cast spells.
5. Change form using spells, each with a different playing style.
6. No HUD or health gauges, only one mini map on bottom right of screen.
7. Some puzzles, no keys to collect, lots of optional areas to explore.
8. Huge bosses, some occupying half the screen.
9. Price: 20 USD. Platform: PC. Release date: Spring 2007.
10. It's cool.

Anonymous Anonymous said at 9/13/2006 03:32:00 AM:  
Actually, both those screenshots can be found on the official site off to the side.

Anonymous Anonymous said at 9/13/2006 06:05:00 AM:  
sounds like areal yawnathon.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 9/13/2006 06:32:00 AM:  
Looks pretty but the mouse control puts me off. I really hate using a mouse to play games.
Blogger gnome said at 9/13/2006 09:19:00 AM:  
WHAT? No mouse? You, my anonymous friend, are no PC gamer. Pah!
Anonymous Anonymous said at 9/13/2006 04:54:00 PM:  
Derek removed the post from his personal site. Tim, I believe it is your duty to find out his motives (I already have some idea) and recover that post!

The fact that you gave a summary is really good though. That's all we have now...
Blogger Carnivac said at 9/14/2006 06:28:00 AM:  
Well as far as gaming goes I only use my PC for emulation and indie games and the old lucasarts adventures so I wouldn't like to be called a PC gamer anyway. The current commercial PC market is horrendous...
Anonymous Anonymous said at 9/14/2006 05:49:00 PM:  
this looks like a game for chicks. might get my gf off the sims for a couple hours.
Blogger 4649matt said at 9/15/2006 03:44:00 AM:  
definitely psyched. Derek is pro with pixels, but this looks much cleaner. I think it was a good move. Interested to see how the game plays.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 9/15/2006 07:08:00 PM:  
shoot, i bet all of you naysayers will be hushed once this deal is let loose on the world ;)
you may think it looks girlie now, or are put off by mouse controls, but i can bet that it looks mind-blowingly wonderful in motion (still screens and the real deal running are completely different beasts), and that the control is perfect for the creators' vision. i doubt it's not a very conscious decision to ensure that the player feels completely connected with the character (being able to fluidly move and interact just as she would if she existed).
can't wait for this one.