Aquanaut's Holiday

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Aquanaut's Holiday
Aquanaut's Holiday Cover.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s) Artdink
Publisher(s)
Director(s) Kazutoshi Iida
Series Aquanaut's Holiday
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release date(s)
  • JP June 30, 1995[1]
  • NA July 7, 1996
  • EU October 1995
Genre(s) Simulation[1]
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution CD-ROM

Aquanaut's Holiday (Japanese: アクアノートの休日 Hepburn: Aquanaut no Kyuujitsu?) is a video game for the PlayStation developed by Artdink. The game is an underwater simulation in which the player assumes the role of an overworked marine explorer who returns to the water for pleasure after having brought harmony to the world's oceans. Aquanaut's Holiday was followed by a few Japan-exclusive sequels on various PlayStation consoles.

Gameplay[edit]

Gameplay in Aquanaut's Holiday takes place in a first-person perspective and consists primarily of the player exploring vast stretches of ocean, occasionally discovering underwater ruins or treasure, or communicating with underwater creatures. The game has no time limits, enemies, or other obstacles. The game's objective, aside from exploring, is to build a large coral reef to attract a wide variety of fish and other marine wildlife.[2][3][4]

Development[edit]

Aquanaut's Holiday was developed by the Japanese studio Artdink and directed by Kazutoshi Iida. The game designer was also behind Artdink's Tail of the Sun and later headed development of Doshin the Giant for the Nintendo GameCube.[5]

Reception and legacy[edit]

On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored Aquanaut's Holiday a 24 out of 40.[6] The game won a Japan Software Award in 1996.[7] Critical reception has been mixed. IGN stated that Aquanaut's Holiday does not truly qualify as a game, but instead "a fun and immersive 3D underwater sim of the most relaxing kind".[8] Shawn Sackenheim of Allgame likewise called the game to be a great stress-reliever and complimented it's "beautiful" presentation and "rewarding" gameplay model.[3] Victor Lucas of The Electric Playground agreed that the graphics were mostly impressive, but ultimately found the combination of exploration gameplay and atmospheric music extremely boring.[4] NowGamer was also unimpressed, summarizing, "Unless you’ve got more money than sense, our advice is to save your pennies and spend them on a title that truly pushes the PlayStation to its technical limits without relying on the contents of Captain Birdseye’s pantry."[2]

Aquanaut's Holiday was followed by a few Japan-exclusive sequels. Aquanaut's Holiday: Memories of Summer 1996 and Aquanaut's Holiday 2 were released on the PlayStation in 1996 and 1999 respectively and were later made available for download on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable in 2008.[9][10][11][12] Another game, Aquanaut's Holiday: Hidden Memories, was released of the PlayStation 3 in 2008.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sony staff. "アクアノートの休日" [Aquanaut's Holiday] (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b NowGamer staff (November 1, 1996). "Aquanaut's Holiday". NowGamer. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Sackenheim, Shawn (1998). "Aquanaut's Holiday Review". Allgame. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Lucas, Victor (May 1, 2001). "Aquanaut's Holiday Review". The Electric Playground. Greedy Productions Ltd. Archived from the original on May 1, 2001. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ IGN staff (September 30, 1999). "Iida the Giant". IGN. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: アクアノートの休日. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.342. Pg.32. 7 July 1995.
  7. ^ Artdink staff. "Company History" (in Japanese). Artdink. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ IGN staff (November 21, 1996). "Aquanaut's Holiday". IGN. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ Sony staff. "アクアノートの休日" [Aquanaut's Holiday] (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ Sony staff. "アクアノートの休日2" [Aquanaut's Holiday 2] (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  11. ^ Sony staff. "アクアノートの休日 MEMORIES OF SUMMER 1996" [Aquanaut's Holiday: Memories of Summer 1996] (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ Sony staff. "アクアノートの休日2" [Aquanaut's Holiday 2] (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ Sony staff. "AQUANAUT'S HOLIDAY 隠された記録" [Aquanaut's Holiday: Hidden Memories] (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 

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