10 years ago all I wanted for my birthday was a Tamagotchi, a handheld electronic pet, via the LCD screen your task was to take care of the little creature by caring for it. It was a simple enough task although that being said the majority of my electronic pets died at a very early age via neglect. While technology has come a long way the simplicity of looking after a virtual pet has not and iQuarium is simplicity at it’s most beautiful.
iQuarium is not a game, it’s a virtual goldfish. When you launch the app all you have is an empty tank and immediately after that a gold fish to put in it. The tank is pretty plain to begin with and your goldfish will just swim around aimlessly waiting for you to feed it which you must do daily to keep it happy and ultimately alive! Feeding is as easy as tapping on the food in the top left corner of the screen and flakes will fall down from the top of the tank and your gold fish will feed on them.
Even at this early stage the graphics are stunning and that’s even before any of the additional items are unlocked and loaded into the tank. Unlocking the additional items simply requires patience as points are earned simply for opening the app at the rate of 1 point for every time that has passed since the last time you logged in. So after just a few hours you can start adding gravel, plants, rocks even a clock to your fish tank which makes it look even better than it did before.
The interaction with your gold fish is pretty limited. A tap of the screen will get it’s attention and it will even swim over to where you tapped but do it too frequently and it will soon become shy and swim off to hide.
While the interaction is limited the the app does look beautiful and I’ve often found myself just turning on iQuarium while I work as a relaxing distraction to what ever I’m doing.
I would have liked the fish and the tank to respond more based on how you move the iPhone/iPod touch but as a simple fish tank app iQuarium fits the bill perfectly.
- High quality graphics
- Beautiful animations
- Easier to keep alive than a real fish
- Not enough interaction
- Not enough fish
Reviewed By: Craig Willis
iQuarium – iPhone/iPod touch