Megaquarium Reviews

Megaquarium is ranked in the 67th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
86 / 100
Sep 12, 2018

A charming watery theme park management game where fish are friends, not food. Until they eat each other or you forget to feed them.

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Oct 18, 2019

From cute, but overly simplistic visuals to fish behavior being off and getting caught on the decorative items, it feels like what it really is: a simplified tycoon sim with a lot of heart. It can’t rival the best in the genre, but players can make a pretty awesome aquarium within its constraints, so it ultimately delivers what was promised even if it doesn’t exceed those promises.

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God is a Geek
Lyle Carr
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2019

A charming management game that's designed entirely for your convenience. Very easy to learn, with enough complexity to keep you entertained for hours.

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85 / 100
Oct 16, 2018

Megaquarium is an fantastic tycoon title with a surprising amount of depth. With far more fish, crabs, sponges, and spiny blowfish than I could have expected, it goes further than the usual “set it and forget it” model that most tycoon titles use. The team continues to hammer away at improvements, so here's hoping that they can iron out the last few UI and tasking issues to make this one truly great.

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7 / 10
Oct 17, 2019

There’s a great business management experience here; the gameplay may seem shallow at first blush, but plunge a little deeper and you’ll find plenty of depth.

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68 / 100
Sep 23, 2018

Altogether, Twice Circled has crafted a decent tycoon game that is fun and relaxing, if not a little unimaginative.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2018

As a tycoon game, Megaquarium strikes a very nice balance between having too much complexity vs. not having enough depth to remain entertaining. While micromanagement is not required, you do still have a lot of decision making to do. Fortunately, no in-depth knowledge of fish is required.

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6 / 10
Jan 21, 2020

The game tries to create its own space and it's successful at making something original and with a relaxing environment. The gameplay experience could certainly improve with the use of the Nintendo Switch touch screen and with a more intuitive interface but for an original effort, Megaquarium ticks most of the right boxes.

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8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2019

Megaquarium is a fintastic game to relax and unwind with at the end of a long day. I like to couple that with some of my favorite sushi rolls, but to each their own. Here I am, nine levels later and still having a lot of fun trying to make the best aquarium ever. Sure, nothing I design will ever rival the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest aquarium and one I have been to a few times, but that doesn't mean I'll stop trying. There's only one more level for me to tackle, and my fingers are crossed that I can finally get some dolphins to do elaborate hoop routines while whistling the US national anthem for me.

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8 / 10
Nov 18, 2019

Megaquarium is a robust management simulation game, and the only one allowing you to build your own aquarium. While PC players have been perfecting their exhibits for quite some time, the transition to consoles has been quite smooth. I thoroughly enjoy how the game operates using a controller, although without going through the tutorial, you may be a bit lost. Many advanced elements slowly creep into the experience, such as ensuring your bigger fish don't eat the smaller ones, properly decorating aquariums to keep skittish fish calm, balancing the amount of a single species to keep them happy.

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3.4 / 5.0
Oct 28, 2019

Megaquarium for the Switch is an enjoyable theme park builder suitable for entry level and experts of the genre. Those with aquarium experience will find a lot to love here. It is, however, best suited for dock mode only.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2019

Megaquarium is a solid simulation game with plenty of content. Its simple gameplay can get hectic quickly. If you're a fan of tycoon games, this is one to try.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2019

Despite some nitpicks with the visuals in the game Megaquarium is a great addition to any tycoon fan’s library. The transition to console feels natural and great thanks to an intuitive control scheme and the game will keep you busy with a huge variety of aquatic life and items to grow your aquarium with.

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GameSpew
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2019

A few niggles aside, Twice Circled should be very proud of its charming simulation game. Although its graphics are simplistic, the game speaks for itself with its entertaining gameplay. Once you get the hang of all its systems, Megaquarium is a lot of fun. If you enjoy management sims, I guarantee that you’ll lose numerous hours in designing your dream aquarium.

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Cubed3
Lilly K.
Top Critic
6 / 10
Dec 9, 2018

While Megaquarium is fun and challenging at times, it tends to become a little repetitive after a while. A few more different challenges would help, while at other points it would have been nice to see an overview panel to make it easier to organise things. The gameplay can easily get messy, which is a shame considering the idea and the colourful setup. Nevertheless, the game is enjoyable and relaxing, and a player may well find themselves playing for hours.

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GameSkinny
Top Critic
Sep 18, 2018

Megaquarium gives you the chance to run your own aquarium and figure out how to make fish the best thing since sliced bread

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8.2 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2018

We spent several very pleasant hours with Megaquarium. It is a simple and at the same time profound management system, where fish and visitors have needs that are not always easy to match. And it is here that even a limited number of structures and machinery necessary for the construction of our aquatic exhibition allows us to create a very complex aquarium appreciated by all. If you like management systems where you can have total control, even the position of the bathrooms or a tiny decorative shell, and at the same time have a light challenge in front of you but that always requires a minimum of attention, then Megaquarium is the game for you.

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Liked-a-lot
Mar 16, 2022

All in all, I’ve had a blast playing Megaquarium and the Freshwater Frenzy DLC. The DLC will be a welcome addition for those who already own the main game, bringing new types of fish for them to keep. For newcomers to the game like myself, you will find a brilliant management simulation game with an interesting subject, just don’t forget to feed the Fish!

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75 / 100
Sep 12, 2018

Megaquarium is one of those titles that will probably go unnoticed by anyone outside the management genre, and it will be really unfair. Being a deep, beautiful and different game, it deserves to be highlighted. Its failures, which exist, are minor and do not detract from the final result.

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8 / 10
Feb 14, 2020

Megaquarium is a tycoon/management game for those that like to take things slowly. There’s no running around or avoiding disasters. The most you’ll have to deal with is is some malfunctioning equipment and that’s more of an inconvenience than a stressor. Instead, this is a chill game about a chill topic that lets you get as creative as you can within its constraints and has done some admirably in its journey from PC to PS4. It won’t be for everyone – if you prefer your tycoon games with an element of danger then this one isn’t for you – but if you’re looking to kick back, look at some fish and make sure everything is ticking over while some cool tunes play in the background, this is one to put on your radar.

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