Aquadelic GT: Wet Dreams

Speedboats is an ‘on and off’ interest of mine; I do not think about them all the time like I do about cars:) but whenever I see a photo or a video of a speedboat I get really excited by those long blade-like shaped boats and the humongous splashes of water behind them. It’s pure speed combined with technicality, all being wrapped up in fabulous glossy excitement!

The colors, the aggressive boat shapes, the monstrous engines roar, the taming of the unpredictable water surface, the speed, it’s all pure stimulation for the mind and soul.

Although Aquadelic GT is a brand new release (Jan. 2008), my relation with it dates back one and a half year, when Aquadelic GT was known simply as Aquadelic and was available as a free demo of a “maybe” forthcoming release! The moment I saw the first screenshots of Aquadelic, I knew I really wanted this one, even if it was crap in terms of gameplay. The graphics of the game seemed to be way too good!

One and half year has passed since then and the official Aquadelic GT website remained only as a bookmark in my Firefox. Two days ago I hopped in my local games store and there it was in a box! I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was live there in front of me! The store owner noticed my excitement about it and asked me if I’ve played the game before and if it is any good, he also told me that he only got 3 copies of it ’cause nobody knew, or asked for it… I didn’t lie to him, as I answered that I didn’t know anything about it’s gameplay but it looks like candy. Well, it tastes like candy as well!

I grabbed the copy on the spot and raced back home, forgot completely about some freelance project I had due the next day, got the Aquadelic GT out of the box, installed it and… wow! I was stuck speed floating from 7:00 in the evening till 2:00 in the night, solid! To put it real simple, the game rocks! Period! Not only it’s graphics are dreamy and a pure pleasure to watch, it’s gameplay and boat handling physics are so close to the real thing! It’s an amazing combination! Sadly enough I don’t know if Aquadelic GT will ever be the blockbuster it deserves to be, cause it lacks the marketing boost which would work miracles behind it and some fine tuning in it’s development. I mean, only a few people know about it. Although the audio-visuals and physics of the game are really top notch, it feels like there’s something missing in terms of the story presentation and the actual plot of the game. And for one the player cannot configure the control keys, so you’ll have to play with the predefined set.

The story behind Aquadelic GT is as simple as it can be. You begin with a beaten up speed boat in your hometown in Russia and you have to win races and earn cash in order to upgrade your boat, win more races and become popular. The whole career mode is divided in 7 levels which are presented as parts of countries. So if you want to travel to the next country you’ll have to win all the races of the country you are at the moment. Later countries have boat shops where you can purchase more powerful speedcrafts. The boats are divided in 3 classes C, B and A. And there are 3 countries to explore: Russia, Greece and the Carribean, each country offering two different locales as levels for racing, except from Russia which has an extra locale serving as a level for flying a floatplane and delivering supplies to flooded population! (yeap you’ve read this one right!). Apart from the float plane you are also able to ride a schooner, or a fishing boat with which you travel around the maps trying to find coins and diamonds that will enhance your income, which for tarters is good to beef up your beaten up rowing boat, but on later stages is rather a miss than a real gimmick.

Soundwise, Aquadelic GT is not bad, but could be a lot nicer, the sound of the V motors from the A class expensive boats is quite good but the rest of the fleet sounds quite bland. The soundtrack is fabulous having a selection of bands and songs you’ve probably never ever listened to before, but it does the trick really well as the music selection seems to blend with the action extremely well.

On it’s core Aquadelic GT is not a speedboat simulator, nor it can regarded as one. The game focuses more on the arcade side of the action rather than to simulate the exact physics behind these monster boats. And to be fair with t, it’s for the better. It is far satisfying to concentrate on making an exciting jump rather than to watch things like your engine revs, drive torque, temperatre and such complicated and technical aspects.

Aquadelic GT is a rough diamond and should be your definite choice for a cosy game-weekend, for one it’s graphics will have your jaw dropped and your face smiling for some time, but it definitely lacks that “something” to let it shine like a blockbuster. And that something are various little things like a decent background story, a nicer presentation, some more customising options, some more boats wouldn’t hurt either, but more races and locations is what this game needs desperately. As it stands right now, you could easily become a champion in a couple of long evening plays and once you purchase a decent boat, certain victory is almost at your hands. At the same point lies the true satisfaction of the game as the majority of the less powered boats doen’t deliver the thrills of the A class expensive boats like the “Wild Cat” and the “Swordfish”. And to be honest was greatly disappointed with the Wild Cat, since I love catamaran boats (Wild Cat is a catamaran type speed boat), but it really has some major stability issues, as it tends to flip upside down on the slightest of turns. Perhaps a level, or a race editor would be a great idea as well… At present the game seems more like a rushed release than anything.

So maybe we have to expect a wonderful game with the name Aquadelic GT II, the potential is fully there, it’s only a matter of working it out right, cause you can have a wonderful present, but it needs a nice wrapping too! Still I love Aquadelic GT nevertheless!

Aquadelic GT official website

And if you’re in the mood for the real thing here are some links worth checking out:

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2 Responses to Aquadelic GT: Wet Dreams

  1. vagpod says:

    Thank you Dr!
    Glad you visited mate 🙂

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