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.