Windows 8.1 App Watch: AquaFish

One word app titles are always uniquely special. This particular one comes with such a name, an amalgam of Aqua and Fish. And it is a very challenging, yet satisfying, adventure.

Screensavers, particularly virtual aquarium screensavers have been around on the Windows platform since time itself, it seems. And they have also started arriving for Windows 8.1.AquaFish is a simulation game that brings a fish tank to your Metro environment.

Fish tank to your Metro environment, ha! So anyway, you can raise a number of tropical species, feed them, and even learn about these creatures with fins thanks to the built in encyclopedia.

Here is the bubbly official description:

“Feed your fish and make over your tank. Have fun raising cute tropical fish. Your tropical fish will grow a little each day. Watching your fish can be very therapeutic.”

Instead of offering a simple virtual aquarium, this free game brings a proper amount of challenge. You are awarded medals every day depending on your level and the fish you have raised — the fun is doubled as you work to create a wonderful aquarium.

Obviously, the biggest aspect of this game is the rest and relaxation it provides.

The audio and visual presentation is nothing particularly fancy, simple really, and navigating the aquarium or changing the camera with the mouse is a little wonky, but touch works splendidly fine. The simulation game supports all versions of Windows 8.1, including those based on ARM based processors.

Click here to check out AquaFish on the Windows Store.

7 Comments

  1. Emily W

    March 21, 2014 at 9:07 am

    haha! I remember this from windows 98! I’m glad they’re making it a game. Too funny.

  2. Ted Smith

    March 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Looks pretty cool. As a big fan of “Finding Nemo,” I’ll have to check this out. ha! Hopefully it’s more than a glorified screensaver.

  3. Bill Franklin

    March 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

    At least it’s free, since it doesn’t seem like more than an interactive screensaver. It doesn’t mean I don’t think it’s cool, but I wouldn’t pay any money for it. I may download if I’m bored.

  4. Sally Black

    March 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I agree with you, Bill. I think if this cost money, it’d be ridiculous, but as a free option, it’s kind of cute. Who doesn’t love some old school, windows fish aquarium. 😛

  5. Jake

    March 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I’m pretty happy with the app store overall, but this seems like people just ran out of ideas and wanted to give respect to an old windows screen saver. To me, I just think someone was out of ideas and said let’s do this. I don’t hate it, but it’s not for me.

    • Wayne S

      March 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      I hate to agree with you, Jake, but I do. This just seems kind of lazy from my perspective. Like you said, not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but I expect more than a callback to older windows.

  6. seventhson74

    May 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Why is this not available for XBox 1?

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