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aquaria

Developer: Bit Blot, United States, 2006
IGF Award: Winner of the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Nominee for Design Innovation, Excellence in Visual Art and Excellence in Audio

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Aquaria. Bit Blot, 2006

Storytelling meets games in this action oriented, 2D side-scrolling game.

As Naija, an isolated mer-creature, you must uncover your story through magical combat and exploration of the world around you.

Using a fluid mouse control system, you swim through game areas of vibrant hand-drawn 'storybook-style' graphics.

http://www.bit-blot.com/

Developer's statement
We want to create gaming experiences that are compelling, thoughtful and entertaining, with a unique and personal touch.

About the developer
Bit Blot is an independent game company composed of two people and is based in San Francisco, California. Alec Holowka is a programmer and composer who has worked on a wide range of indie game projects. Derek Yu is an illustrator and web developer who has previously released a handful of successful freeware games, including Eternal Daughter and the satirical action game I'm OK. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the indie gaming news site The Independent Gaming Source.

Currently, Bit Blot is working on Aquaria, its first commercial title. Aquaria is an underwater action adventure game for the PC that combines fantasy storytelling with innovative controls and exploratory gameplay.

Credits
Alec Holowka: Designer, Programmer, Sound
Derek Yu: Designer, Artist
Jenna Sharpe: Voice Actor

Platform developed for: Windows 98/2000/Me/XP
Development time: 8 Months