Two additions to the Zen Games series were announced today by growing UK games publisher, Mercury Games as part of their partnership with Japanese publisher Ertain BV. The games, â€œAquarium by DSâ€ and â€œFantasy Aquarium by DSâ€ both for the Nintendo DS are simulation games that allow the player to keep fish in a tank.
Just like keeping fish in real life, the fish need to be fed and have their tanks cleaned. â€œAquarium by DSâ€ allows the player to keep the usual types of fish that one would find in a fish tank including Clown Fish, Angelfish, Neon Tetra and Guppy.
While â€œFantasy Aquarium by DSâ€ allows the player to keep fish which could never be kept as pets in a tank such as Blue whales, dolphins, Seals and sharks.
There are five tanks of differing sizes to choose from, which can then be customised with different backgrounds, plants and accessories such as rocks and bridges.
There are more than 30 varieties of fish to choose from in both â€œAquarium by DSâ€ and â€œFantasy Aquarium by DSâ€ and more can be unlocked though good fish care. The player can also name their pet fish. Fish can also be swapped via WiFi with the playerâ€™s friends.
If the player doesnâ€™t switch their DS on for a few days or if the environment is wrong and the fish are not cared for they die and disappear from the tank. And if the wrong combination of fish are added the consequences can be lethal; for example if the player puts a killer whale in the same tank as a penguin, the Killer whale will eat it.
Leo Zullo, President, Mercury Games said: â€œAquarium by DS and Fantasy Aquarium by DS will provide players with the relaxation of having pet fish without the hassle. The game can be played by people of all ages.â€
Aquarium by DS and Fantasy Aquarium by DS are due for release in December 2007. The SRP will be Â£19.99/ â‚¬24.99.
â€¢ Create your own personalised fish tank
â€¢ Two versions available – Aquarium by DS and Fantasy Aquarium by DS
â€¢ Pick from more than 30 fishes to populate your tank
â€¢ Swap your fish with your friends using the DS Wi-Fi feature – allowing your fish to play in your friends aquarium
â€¢ Decorate the backdrops and features of your tank
â€¢ Unlock extra fish and props to use in the game
â€¢ Control all aspects of your aquarium, size, water temp and salinity to create the perfect environment for your fishes
â€¢ Care for your fish, make sure they are fed and that the tank is clean