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Aqua TV (Wii U eShop)

Posted by SheldonRandoms on May 8, 2017 at 8:40 PM

Eshop Guru SheldonRandoms here, and today, i'm going to be swimming with the fishes in my fish tank in Aqua TV. The name suggests that the television is going to be aquatic, and you'd be correct, except it doesn't contain channels, but fish, as this is a virtual aquarium that you can make your own! I'm gonna dive right into these tanks to see if i'll live inside one of the castles, or will I just float right back up? Let's turn on the aqua tv!

Upon starting up, you're greeted with one of the best messages any fish tank owner would be pleased to hear; there is no mess you must clean up, no foggy tanks with those white drops on the glass, and no rushing home since you forgot to feed your fish in the scheduled time period. To put it simply, Aqua TV's virtual aquarium is to look at the wonders of aquatic life swimming right in front of you, as well as also gaze at the added environment that you throw in for your fish to give your tank some style.


You have four size options for your tank, and once a size is picked, you cannot change it, but you can always create another tank and pick a different size in the my tank menu. The smaller the size, the less fish you can have in the tank, which makes sense as fish need some space to look at you with those big eyes. If you want your fish to roam freely to get exercise, you can send them off into the largest tank you can find, a tropical reef. The main differences between the tanks and tropical reef is that you can't edit the reef with ornaments, change the background or the sand, however, the reef has exclusive fish too big for a tank, and because the reef is large, you have many more camera options to pick from compared to a tank. The more tanks you create, you'll have the option to shuffle between each tank at a certain time period, which is good for keeping things fresh each time you look back at the fish tank, and if you want, you can even change the music from three options, or keep it silent to just hear the fish tank at work (which you can also turn off if you wanted to).


To add in fish (as well as pimping out the fish tank) is as simple as touch of an arrow. The menus are navigated through the gamepad, so that way, nothing gets in your way of the fish party. When you tap on a fish, you can tap on a question mark to give you some statistic details on the fish such as where they come from and what gallons would be suitable, but it feels like a missed opportunity to give some quick facts about the fish you've selected. You can add in a single fish at a time, a couple at a time, or the max amount of a certain fish for a tank. It looks really good seeing the fish just pop up, as the game runs at smooth 60 fps with a normal amount of fish in a tank, however,, if you keep adding in fish, the frame rate will take a dive to around 30 fps.With that said, it still looks good seeing all of the fish swimming around despite the frame rate drop, and to keep it from dropping beneath the sea, each tank has it's limit of fish that you can add in, with the limit going up quicker depending on the fish you've added in.

While looking through the available fish, you'll notice that some of them have locks on them, the reason for that is you need to buy additional fish and accessories on the eShop. The game has an eShop menu that you can tap on to quickly bring you to the downloadable content section to purchase one of three available packs. The thetis and poseidon packs contain a couple new fish, along with added accessories to show off in your tank, while the oceanus pack contains aquatic life much too big for a tank, such as a white tip reef shark or manta ray, easily making it the pack that'll show off the most aquatic life (and also the biggest). The added content is good if you wanted to add some more variety to your fish tank, but because of all of the locked icons at the get-go, it makes whats already available in the selection feel a bit on the shorter side.

All and all, Aqua TV will be a channel that will give entertainment if looking at virtual fish is something you'd be interested in. It doesn't contain the hassles of owning an actual fish tank (or tropical reef) which is always a plus in my book. For those who don't enjoy watching the daily lives of fish being fish probably won't get too much interest from this channel as it's mainly for just viewing instead of interacting, but for those who do, just having it running while company is over would brighten the room definitely, but if you wanted some extra spice for said fish tank, there's always the paid option which at least would cost much less than getting it in real life (and much safer since buying a shark could result in your leg being its snack).

I give Aqua TV 8 fishes in a tank out of 10

Cost on the eShop: $4.99

Memory used: 258 MB

Review code provided by: Extra Mile Studios

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