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Hydroventure review

Water great way to finish off the year

It's rare that a WiiWare game could justifiably be a full-price Wii title but Hydroventure is one such game.

An evil force called the Influence is corrupting a magical book called the Aquapedia by dropping dark sludge and slimy enemies on its pages. Controlling a small puddle of water, you have to collect the Rainbow Drops scattered around the Aquapedia's pages. As you collect Drops the book clears up the sludge.

The graphical style is clever. Small tunnels connect the pictures (it's like a comic book), allowing you to easily travel from panel to panel. Each of the game's four chapters is a huge world consisting of multiple pages.

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It can be devilishly tricky but this is also what makes Hydroventure so enjoyable. A simple act of dropping down a ledge can lead to chaos if you don't make sure the whole puddle has dropped down before you tilt the level in another direction, since it could leave you with two smaller puddles.

Collecting the Rainbow Drops is also a treat. Whether you're collecting smaller coloured drops to fill the rainbow one, using your water to guide a rubber duck into a bath or helping firemen put out some fires, you'll be constantly impressed at the number of different tasks you'll face.

The new abilities you collect each have a sizeable impact on the way you play the game. Once you earn the 'gather' ability and are able to bring all your water together it completely changes your tactics since it makes jumping gaps a lot easier if all your water is in one big spongy ball instead of a sloshy mess.

Similar changes occur when you get the ability to heat or freeze your water. Freezing into a block of ice allows you to flick switches and break walls. As steam, you can float to previously unreachable areas and power electrical switches with lightning (after which you can simply shake the Remote to make the cloud rain, turning you back into water again).

However, when you're a block of ice the controls can get a little frustrating, especially when you're using the freeze ability to stick to walls and wall-jump.

Yet this doesn't ruin the experience. If you can spare a tenner this Christmas, get Hydroventure. It's easily one of the most creative and inventive games we've played in years on any console, let alone on a Nintendo system.

This is an edited version of a review from the January issue of Official Nintendo Magazine. For more in-depth analysis and screenshots, buy the magazine here.


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  1. geengy Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 11:59


  2. TechnoWolf Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 12:49


    Does anyone know how much this will cost?

  3. Ai64 Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 13:12

    1200 points for classic wiiware game on christmas eve? Count me in. :D

  4. Jonny64 Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 14:21


    whats the point
    anyways ill be gettin this for sure

  5. piccadillio Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 15:00

    Nothing like calling a new game classic!

    Looks a lot like PixelJunk Shooter, which can only be a good thing.

  6. BlueGhost1 Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 15:24

    Just played the demo. It's a great platforming game with a hint of Metroid in it. Need to buy a points card now...

  7. imbusydoctorwho Friday 24th Dec 2010 at 16:03

    I downloaded the demo this morning.
    It's pretty amazing ,a very good puzzle game.

  8. bazmeistergen Saturday 25th Dec 2010 at 14:15


    This and Cave Story within a month.

    Makes up for losing Super Meat Boy.

  9. The Rocker Saturday 25th Dec 2010 at 17:37

    I've got this - excellent so far, though I'm stuck on the 1st chapter. I have 3 drops but I don't know where to go to get the 4th. Can anyone help me?
    Thanks :)

  10. geengy Sunday 26th Dec 2010 at 21:53


    Does anyone know how much this will cost?


  11. thejuniorsaint Tuesday 4th Jan 2011 at 17:17

    I played the demo today. Pretty good. great review. when I get some points will be definitely buying this :D

  12. Chetters Friday 7th Jan 2011 at 14:06

    got it the other day, i like it alot but the jump controls can be reeeaaally annoying!

  13. ledreppe Saturday 8th Jan 2011 at 00:50

    Played the demo yesterday, really liked it. Will download full game sometime today.

  14. Mart2006 Thursday 13th Jan 2011 at 17:38

    Why? :shock:

    If it was 1000 Wii Points, I'd have this by now, but they have to go and put an extra 200 Points, meaning I can't afford it. :cry:

    I really enjoyed the demo, too.

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