We first saw the dreamlike underwater adventuring of Aquaria
way back in January at Macworld
, and now, finally, Ambrosia has released the game for the Mac. It got pretty rave reviews
on the PC, and the concept sounds like some great fun: you play an underwater dweller who can swim around in 2D while casting spells, singing magical songs, and just generally exploring a vast underwater world full of secrets. The graphics are simple but lush and beautiful
-- looks like one of those games you can play to cleanse your palate in between the gritty urban wars of Fallout 3
and Gears of War 2
The game itself is $30US which, even though it's huge and comes with a level editor for even more playability, is a bit steep (especially with the glut of great games we're about to get this Fall and Winter). Fortunately, there is a 30-day free trial version available. And it's definitely the kind of thing we'd want to encourage anyway -- even though the port is coming a little (OK, more than a little) late, having innovative, well-done games like this on the Mac is good for all of us.