Countless of years in the future, to far to seemly count, the earth has been changed several times, reshaped and now you return … the last human to find a flood planet ready for exploring. This begins the Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human.
Inspired by Planet of the Apes and Super Metroid, The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human invites players to explore an underwater world thriving with sea life — unveiling the story of humanity’s last days.
YCJY Games, the developers that came up and executed the vision of The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human was founded in Gothenburg, Sweden just a few years ago by Josef Martinovsky and Christopher Andreasson. Making indie titles in a laid-back, creative environment fueled by loud music, plenty of pizza, tasty noodles and beer, YCJY believes in developing games that the founders themselves want to play. If you want to learn more about YCJY Games and the various projects that they take on, please visit http://www.whycjwhy.com.
The developers themselves tell the story of The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human in the best way. They explain a story that portrays the end of civilization as we know it. In the distant future, and they mean very very distant — and as a result of climate change and a weakening sun — humans are forced to live underwater in order to survive. The heat from the planet’s inner crust may have kept the deepest cities alive — but as resources began to dwindle in 2971, it was decided that humanity’s only chance of survival would be to send subaquatic spaceships to a nearby wormhole to look for habitable planets. However, things did not go as planned. When one of the ships (Argo9) returns hundreds of thousands of years later, it becomes clear that humans are now extinct.
What happened while the Argo9 was away is a mystery solved only through the faint memories of humanity’s last automated machines, which endured thanks to a central power line. No one is left to tell the story of mankind’s last days. Without records or witnesses, the player must uncover and find answers. It can be a lonely experience but that it what almost makes it extremely intriguing. We all at one point contemplate what life would be like if we were the only human left. Do we see ourselves in a setting like Will Smith portrayed in I Am Legend? Or we can take it back even further to movies like The Omega Man or The Quiet Earth. Any of these great movies depict a world where all or a great deal of humans are gone and we follow one (or a few) lone survivors. Watch any of these to put you in the mindset of what to expect during your journey of this game.
The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human puts players in control of the long lost spaceship/submarine hybrid, Argo9 — which traverses the ancient ruins of human civilization at its technological, melancholy-infused peak. The controls of the game are very basic and simple, especially as things get started. Your main objective is to just explore at first. You are provided with a map on the corner of the screen to give you an idea of where you can expect to go. However sometimes it isn’t clear that some areas of the map are not accessible that way, which is not a bad thing. Using the left thumb stick you can maneuver your way around each stage easily. Early on you will acquire a harpoon that allows you to trigger gates to open up or shoot projectiles as needed. Soon after finding the harpoon you will encounter your first real enemy, it is a big eye opener to just how challenging the game will be for you from here on.
This game was designed in a way that should and does challenge you to acknowledge the necessity of exploring every nook and cranny in search of hidden passages and more essential ship upgrades (such as boosters, extra armor, and weapons). Each of the ship upgrades you acquire will prove to be extremely valuable as you encounter and face off with the terrifying sea creatures and 10 intense boss fights that are a sight to behold.
Speaking of sights to behold, the entire game is breath taking. The artistry behind each of the stages is great. The developers included features of the game that change the camera angle ever so often, switching between a more zoomed in view of the ship and it’s surrounds, to a more wide large shot that depicts just how tiny your ship is in this vase empty world you are in.
While the music and settle projects a quiet and relaxing atmosphere there is a huge underline tone being set that you know you aren’t completely alone and that around any corner any means of sea creature could appear and want to challenge you. It’s the unknown factor that makes the game have such an alluring characteristic to it. It is far from a horror or thriller game, but if you really put yourself in the characters point of view and what they must be feeling, it is a rush.
After playing through the game once I am so glad it did. It was a great challenge and enjoyable experience. That one run through was certainly worth the purchase of the game. However it isn’t something I would pick up over and over again. Not one of those games. Maybe a few years down the road. There are also achievements to be gained if you are in the mood to hunt them down, that could certainly add a few hours of enjoyment for you. It it helps that the game has a modern take on the classic Metroidvania genre where players can freely explore the world at their own pace. Take it easy, don’t rush through the game as you will miss out on so much of the experience.
PRICING & AVAILABILITY
If you are ready to try out The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human runs for yourself, it is available now on Windows, Mac, and Linux through Steam and Itch.io — and the base game and deluxe edition are sold now for $9.99 and $14.99, respectively.