Insaniquarium

Puzzle game where users must protect the inhabitants of an aquarium from aliens

7.0

688 Votes

  • Category Kids' Games
  • License Trial version
  • Version Deluxe 1.0
  • Size 10.58 MB
  • Works under Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98
  • Language English
  • Program by PopCap

Create Your Own Virtual Fish Tank

People who have always wanted their own fish tank but don’t want the hassle of actually having to buy food for their fish or the commitment of keeping it clean are sure to love Insanitarium. Take care of a collection of fish, decorate your tank and collect enough coins to buy pieces of egg to advance to the next level.

As the name suggests, Insaniquarium offers plenty of crazy touches to help keep things interesting. Fish poop out coins from time to time that you use to upgrade your tank and add fish to your collection. Just when you think things might be getting a bit dull a weird alien shows up and adds its own brand of mayhem to the mix. Watch out for the carnivorous fish, who show up when you least expect it and feast on your poor guppies.

Insaniquarium follows the premise of a typical puzzle game but with an innovative twist. Players try to make their tank as big and vibrant as possible to get bonuses and advance through the game. While the first few levels start at a fairly leisurely pace, it doesn’t take long for things to get frantic and you embark on a mad balancing act to make sure your fish are feed and in good spirits, otherwise they will expire before your very eyes.

The pace of the game increases at just the right rate to get players addicted. At first, you mainly concentrate on feeding your fish and collecting coins. Once players have mastered this simple task, it is time to take things up a notch. After learning how to buy items and upgrade your tank, a hungry snail makes your tank his home and it is your job to keep an eye on the snail and collect coins before it can devour them.

The more things you have to control, the faster your fish will die and the game forces players to accept the fishy circle of life and bid their new pets farewell before quickly purchasing replacements. Just when things seem to be going swimmingly, a spaceman enters the scene and you have to work frantically to blast him back to his home planet before he takes over your beloved tank.

There are two modes for gamers to choose from and Adventure mode features a total of fifteen levels to master in three different tanks. The objective of Time Trial mode is to simply pick up as many coins as possible in the time provided, which can be a welcome break from all the aquatic craziness.

The controls are very easy to master and for the most part players move their cursers around the screen and click on the objects they want to collect or manipulate. Handy tips and hints pop up from time to time to make sure you have got the hang of things and don’t miss out on the various elements that the game offers.

This is the perfect game for younger players. The cool and colourful fish really grab the attention and you will want to keep on playing to get the next fish and other objects to complete your collection. The game may not be quite as gripping for older players, but the game is very addictive and there are lots of interesting elements to get you hooked and keep you playing.

Pros

  • A colourful world to build and explore
  • Lots of interesting tools
  • Plenty to keep you occupied
  • The bonuses keep on coming
  • Easy to use controls

Cons

  • The aliens are not very exciting
  • Older players may get bored after a while
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