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Aquarist - Review - Xbox

Aquarist is a simulation game that allows you to create and manage your own aquarium. You can choose from a variety of fish, plants, and decorations to create the perfect underwater ecosystem. You'll also need to keep your fish healthy by monitoring their water quality and feeding them properly. There have been alot of simulation games released in the last year, but developer FreeMind Games has created a very chill experience. Released in early access on PC, it has now been released on consoles. The game starts with you setting up your first aquarium in your bedroom. You'll need to choose the right tank size, filter, and decorations. You can also choose from a variety of fish to add to your aquarium. As you progress through the game, you'll unlock new fish, plants, and decorations. You'll also be able to upgrade your aquarium to a larger size. The game includes a variety of challenges that you can complete to earn rewards. These challenges can range from simply keeping your fish alive to creating a specific type of aquarium. As you complete challenges, you'll earn rewards, such as new fish, plants, and decorations. You'll also earn experience points, which will allow you to level up your aquarist.

The controls in Aquarist can be a bit clunky, especially when it comes to selecting fish and decorations. The game also has a few occasional bugs, such as fish getting stuck in decorations. However, these issues are not enough to ruin the overall experience. The game is relatively easy to learn, but there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to managing the aquarium's ecosystem. There are a lot of different factors to keep track of, such as the water temperature, pH level, and oxygen levels. If you don't pay attention to these factors, your fish will start to get sick and die. The graphics in Aquarist are good, but they're not the best. The fish are rendered in 3D, and they look pretty realistic. The plants and decorations are also well-designed. However, the overall graphics are a bit simplistic. The water doesn't look very realistic, and the backgrounds are a bit bland. Overall, the graphics in Aquarist are good enough to provide a relaxing and immersive experience. However, they're not going to blow you away.


  • Relaxing and rewarding experience

  • Educational element

  • Variety of fish, plants, and decorations to choose from

  • Relatively easy to learn


  • Clunky controls

  • Occasional bugs

  • Can be a bit overwhelming at first

Aquarist is a great game for anyone who enjoys simulation games or aquariums. The game is relaxing and rewarding, and it has a lot of educational value. The controls can be a bit clunky at times and the occasional bug can be frustrating, but the overall experience is still enjoyable. If you're looking for a relaxing game to play on a rainy day, Aquarist is a great option. It's also a good game for kids who are interested in learning about fish and aquariums.


Aquarist was released onto the Xbox Store on the 31st May 2023. The game is playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles. Priced at £12.49, it can be purchased HERE.

A copy of the game was provided for this review. A big thanks for that.

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