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Excellent puzzle game by FoxEye!

Nov/10/2009  

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English Ver. AQUA CUBE (Language: English)
FoxEye
$15.22 / 1,728 JPY | 160pt (Point 10%)
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An action game where you rescue a boy or girl who has been trapped within a cube like aquarium in the water.
Doujin GamePuzzle Executable File with Voicewith Music3D artworkwith Trial VersionProtected
  • Release: Jan/21/2009
  • DL: 147
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AQUA CUBE is quite a refreshing doujin Puzzle game taking elements from FoxEye's previous freeware game Holdover along with others like block pushing from Sokoban, and packages it into one unique game.

All of FoxEye's games have a similiar theme and derived game mechanic:

Heavy emphasis on Underwater exploration, and management of Oxygen for the player characters.

The storyline is quite simple and bare-bones, but it helps establish the setting and the game.

The game also smoothly ramps up the difficulty as you progress along.

The later levels in the game pose quite a challenge, with stuff like switches, different types of blocks, environmental hazards, etc. Going through the later levels is an exercise in finding the solutions of the puzzle, often with complications like the one who you rescue is underwater, thus placing a time limit on rescuing , changing the water level or moving the trapped character above the water.

One of the frustrations players will encounter is that the level becomes unsolvable, somtimes even early in the level.

Fortunately, a "Restart Level" option is handily available, which allows a player to restart the whole level instantaneously.

The graphics of the game, being deformed 3D models, is nothing to write home about. However, the character portraits and talking heads are very well done and lively.



Finally, the Omake (Extra Materials) Included with the game are top-notch. Despite the imperfect translation of the Developer's comments and the Omake Manga, I still very much enjoyed the Omake material. The Wallpapers and CG Gallery are nicely done as well.


All in all, I would recommend this game for the doujin gamer who enjoy simple lighthearted puzzle / adventure games.

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