Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match

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Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match
Aquapazza - Aquaplus Dream Match game cover.jpg
Japanese game cover
Developer(s) Examu
Publisher(s)
Platform(s) Arcade
PlayStation 3
Release Arcade
  • JP: June 22, 2011
PlayStation 3
  • JP: August 30, 2012
  • NA: November 19, 2013
Genre(s) 2D Versus fighting
Arcade system Taito Type X²

Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match (アクアパッツァ アクアプラスドリームマッチ, Akuapattsa Akuapurasu Dorīmu Matchi) is a 2011 2D arcade fighting game developed by Examu.[1] It is a joint collaboration between Aquaplus and Leaf, who developed all the titles and featured characters. The "Dream Match" in the title references the characters of the game coming together from various Aquaplus titles, including Utawarerumono, Tears to Tiara, and To Heart.

The game was released in Japan on June 22, 2011, with a PlayStation 3 version later released on August 30, 2012,[2] followed by a U.S. release on November 19, 2013.[citation needed] Two updated Japan-only versions called Aquapazza Version 1.5A and Aquapazza Version 2.0 added several new characters.[3] Aquapazza and Version 2.0 were among the featured titles at the 2011 and 2012 Tougeki tournament.[citation needed]

Characters[edit]

From Utawarerumono

  • Hakuoro (ハクオロ) Player
  • Karura (カルラ) Player
  • Touka (トウカ) Player
  • Oboro (オボロ) Player, Added in Aquapazza Version 2.0
  • Urtori (ウルトリィ) Partner
  • Kamyu (カミュ) Partner

From Tears to Tiara

  • Arawn (アロウン) Player
  • Morgan (モルガン) Player
  • Riannon (リアンノン) Player
  • Rathty (ラスティ) Partner
  • Octavia (オクタヴィア) Partner
  • Llyr (スィール) Partner, Added in Aquapazza Version 2.0

From To Heart, To Heart 2 and To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers

  • Kousaka Tamaki (向坂環) Player
  • Yuzuhara Konomi (柚原このみ) Player
  • Komaki Manaka (小牧愛佳) Player
  • Multi (マルチ) Player
  • Kusugawa Sasara (久寿川ささら) Player, Added in Aquapazza Version 1.5A
  • Tonami Yuma (十波由真) Partner
  • Ma-ryan (まーりゃん) Partner, Boss
  • Kurusugawa Serika (来栖川芹香) Partner, Added in Aquapazza Version 2.0

From Kizuato

  • Kashiwagi Chizuru (柏木千鶴) Player (Added in Aquapazza Version 2.0), Boss (Added in PlayStation 3 version)

From Routes

  • Yuasa Satsuki (湯浅皐月) Partner

From Comic Party

  • Takase Mizuki (高瀬瑞希) Partner
  • Inagawa Yu (猪名川由宇) Partner, Added in Aquapazza Version 1.5A

From White Album

  • Morikawa Yuki (森川由綺) Partner
  • Ogata Rina (緒方理奈) Partner

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic75/100[4]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid8.5/10[5]
Famitsu26/40[6]
GameSpot7/10[7]
GameZone7/10[8]
IGN7/10[9]
Play70%[10]
Hardcore Gamer4/5 stars[11]

The PlayStation 3 version received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[4]

Bradly Hale of Hardcore Gamer said that "It may lack high-class refinement in certain areas, and the cast of fighters probably won’t be recognizable to those outside of the Japanese gaming scene, but those issues are incredibly minor when put up against the bigger picture — which in this case is a sound, robust fighting game." [11] Mandi Odoerfer of GameZone praised the game's Active Emotion System, saying that it "eliminates some of the fighting genre's biggest annoyances".[8] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of two sevens and two sixes for a total of 26 out of 40.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "『アクアパッツァ』アクアプラスから2D格闘ゲームが登場" [A 2D Fighting Game Arrives from Aquaplus: Aquapazza] (in Japanese). Famitsu. January 27, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Walker, Ian (July 13, 2012). "Aquapazza's Latest Release Date Scheduled for August 30th". Shoryuken. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "人気2D格闘ゲームのバージョンアップ版『アクアパッツァ Version2.0』配信決定! 新キャラクターを追加!!【動画あり】" (in Japanese). Famitsu. March 22, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "AquaPazza: AquaPlus Dream Match for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Ruscher, Wesley (November 20, 2013). "Review: AquaPazza: Aquaplus Dream Match". Destructoid. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Brian (August 21, 2012). "Famitsu review scores (8/21/12)". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  7. ^ Kemps, Heidi (November 21, 2013). "AquaPazza: AquaPlus Dream Match Review". GameSpot. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Odoerfer, Mandi (November 19, 2013). "Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match Review". GameZone. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ingenito, Vince (December 17, 2013). "Aquapazza [Aquaplus Dream Match] Review". IGN. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ "AquaPazza: AquaPlus Dream Match review". Play UK. No. 239. January 2014. p. 72. Retrieved July 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Hale, Bradly (November 19, 2013). "Review: AquaPazza [Aquaplus Dream Match]". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 

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