At one point or another everyone has had some form of a pet in their life. Be it a frog named Hoppy or a fluffy dog everyone cares about their pet regardless of shape and form. But sometimes owning a pet can be too much and quite stressful on you and your relations with others. Fortunately Pixaquarium; a new pet simulation game, takes the weight off your shoulders and lets you have the experience of having a pet without really having one.
Pixaquarium as the name suggest focuses on you raising and caring for your very own virtual fish. When you first start the game up you are allowed to choose what type of tank you want your fish to live in. Then after you made your selection you are taken to the fish tank which has a fish egg in it. After 30 seconds pass the egg hatches into either a boy or a girl baby fish which you can then name. The baby fish requires a lot of interaction as you would expect and it can be difficult to keep it alive during this phase of its life. Fortunately after just 59 minutes it evolves into a teenager which doesn’t require as much interaction and care. Then after 12 hours it finally evolves into a adult. The appearence of your fish changes every time it evolves and their are 44 different types of fish to discover. With only 2 evolutions per your fish’s life you will be playing this over and over again trying to discover all of the other evolutions. All of the fish you have discovered are added to the Fish Book which catalogs them all and includes descriptions. You cant access the book in-game but once your fish inevitably dies due to old age you can check it in the main menu. It becomes necessary to check in every once in a while and is great to kill the 5 minutes you have off in the work day.
You can interact with your fish in 4 different ways, either by playing with it by dragging your finger along the screen, feeding it food, cleaning up its waste, or healing it from its sickness. Those options may sound fairly limited but they are the same options that the very first Tamagotchi had. I asked the developer if new interactions,new breeds of fish, and items your fish can play with would be included in a future update and he said they certainly would. I also would like to see mini games but I suspect he is already working on some of those. The art in this game sports the “retro” pixel effect which takes me back to the era when having a Tamagotchi was completely awesome. Their really isn’t any music in the game but that doesn’t really affect the feel of the game.
Overall this is a highly addicting game that will have you checking back on your cute little fish often. With tons of different fish breeds to discover you definitely wont be bored for a very long time!
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The game is also universal so you can get it on both of your apple devices!