Megaquarium

by Aethyna
Nov 23, 2021 | 1 Votes | 41 Played | 0 Reviews Your vote
Megaquarium 10 rate Megaquarium is a brilliant aquarium tycoon game that offers tons of gorgeous underwater creatures for you to feature in the many different kinds of tanks available. Different creatures have different requirements and it’s up to you to balance it all, create the most appealing aquarium display for your visitors. Play Now Similar Games Played Post a Review

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Summary


Megaquarium is a brilliant aquarium tycoon game that offers tons of gorgeous underwater creatures for you to feature in the many different kinds of tanks available. Different creatures have different requirements and it’s up to you to balance it all, create the most appealing aquarium display for your visitors, and watch as the money rolls in. Of course, there is a plethora of décor to add as well to spruce up both your aquarium and the tanks themselves and a range of visitor facilities to either help you earn even more money or to fulfill the needs of your visitors.

Plotline


Different campaign levels comes with their own mini-stories but ultimately, everything boils down to having you managing the place and creating the kind of aquarium that your employer wants.

Gameplay


As a management game, if you’ve played anything similar, the game is fairly easy to get right in, especially if you’ve paid attention while playing the game. In fact, Megaquarium doesn’t just throw everything at you and ask you to figure things out on your own. Instead, it slowly introduces new fishes with unique requirements, your visitors’ needs, and the like as you play the game’s campaign mode.

In a way, you could say that the campaign here, at least the earlier levels, functions as an extended tutorial of sorts. Campaigns all come with specific objectives that you’ll need to complete in order to win and unlock the next level.

Some objectives can be trickier than most to get right though. You see, the main gameplay in this game involved fulfilling both the needs of the sea creatures you feature in the many tanks you may have set up around your aquarium, as well as the needs of your visitors. However, the animals’ needs can be a lot more finicky than your human visitors and you might need to take some time to plan and figure out how to best house all the underwater creatures you want in your aquarium.

For instance, some fishes can’t stand other fishes and will either gobble them up, bully them, or just get all depressed – I mean “stressed out” - resulting in a much lower welfare rating. Some creatures, like corals, will require bright lights, while others like the Schooling Bannerfish will require an X number of similar fishes in the same tank before they can thrive. Some fishes will grow over time as well, taking up more food and producing more waste as a result.

As you might expect, it takes a lot of work to get your underwater creatures happy with their new habitats and it’ll take a lot more work from your staff to keep it that way. In Megaquarium, you’ll need to hire aquarists to feed the animals, fix anything that spoils, such as a water filter, and clean the place when necessary. You can even manage your workers better thanks to tools like zoning and task prioritizing, which you’ll want to make use of so that workers will only carry out tasks they have the necessary skills for.

For the visitors, it is definitely a lot simpler to manage - you have the usual food and drinks vendors, toilets, benches, bins for trash disposal, gift shops, and some décor to make your aquarium look more appealing. That being said, if you need help identifying what needs to be done, then there are plenty of overlays that you can make use of. For the "how" part, the info button does is job pretty well.

At one point, the game reveals that there’s actually a first-person mode where you can go down to ground level and walk around your staff and your visitors as they go about the aquarium. It’s a really cool way to experience the game and admire the tanks you’ve created.

Building and expanding your aquarium is a very simple affair in Megaquarium. You can build elevated platforms for visitors to view the sea creatures from the top of the tank, for instance, and still be able to let the visitors view it from the ground level. In fact, from my own playthrough, I’d say that the game isn’t at all too difficult to play, even in high difficulties.

As you play, you’ll also earn prestige points which will help you level up to a new rank. Every new rank you’ve unlocked will subsequently unlock new creatures that you can then research using ecology points or new machines using science points. There are new décor that you’ll be able to use too!

Once you’re done with the campaign or even if you just want to take a breather, you can just let your creativity go wild in the game’s sandbox mode where everything’s unlocked.

Now, this review of Megaquarium includes the brand-new Architect’s Collection DLC, and well, it is truly the dream DLC for every fan of the game who enjoys pouring over their aquariums, meticulously designing every inch of it to create the ideal place to house their collection of favorite sea creatures.

Besides offering brand new construction items like arches, glass paneling and roofs, it also contains many more underwater marvels like the Decorator Crab and Mantis Shrimp, along with some Greek-themed décor and many more stuff.

Community


Megaquarium is, like most simulation games, single-player only. However, that doesn’t mean that if you want to connect with your fellow players, you can’t! Just drop by the game’s Steam page and have a gander!

Graphics/ Sound


The graphics here are pretty good, though not on the level of say… other simulation games like Planet Zoo. This game is created by an indie games studio, after all! In terms of sound, I really love the very catchy music played in the background. It’s just a fun music to listen to while you build your aquarium and make it profitable.

Conclusion


Megaquarium may not be the next Planet Zoo, aquarium edition, nor does it try to be, but it’s still an incredibly fun tycoon game nonetheless and it’s definitely a game worth playing! The game starts off simple but gradually gets more complicated as more factors come into play. Not to mention, there are plenty of decorations and other items, allowing you to create your ultimate “megaquarium”!

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