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Video Game / Megaquarium

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A theme park tycoon game with an aquatic twist.
Megaquarium is a business tycoon simulation game developed and published by Twice Circled and released on Steam on September 18, 2018. In the game the player takes on the role of a business tycoon and is tasked with building aquarium parks. As a part of building and maintaining the parks, the player must keep their fish healthy, keep staff of the aquarium well paid and make sure they enjoy their job, and also make sure their guests enjoy their time at the aquarium.

This game provides examples of:

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Some of the fish featured in the game can get very colorful, just as they are in real life.
  • An Entrepreneur Is You: You are building aquarium parks and must then manage the parks including keeping fish healthy, keeping employees satisfied, and making sure park guests are entertained.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Fully Averted. Salt water fish need salt water aquariums and freshwater fish can only be in freshwater aquariums. It's also not a good idea to put two predatory species together.
  • Chain of Deals: Sometimes possible in Sandbox mode, as you may get random trade offers for animals that match up.
  • Goofy Suit: In the Architect's Collection DLC, you can inflict this on your staff by making them wear an "octopus costume". This gains prestige whenever a guest sees them, so it's best for "front-stage" staff like those who clean or talk on podiums.
  • Hard Mode Perks: A mild (and possibly unintentional) example: though harder difficulties are generally, well, harder, the increased prices for animals also include the animals you sell, thus making breeding slightly more profitable, if you choose to supplement your income that way.
  • Video Game Time: Somewhat downplayed compared to some similar tycoon games; instead of guests spending months or years in your zoo or theme park, here they may only spend days at the aquarium, however it is still present. Each "day" is subdivided into eight "opening hours", labeled from 09:00 to 17:00 (9am to 5pm); 17:00 from the previous day immediately transitions to 09:00 in the next day, while staff and guests continue on as if nothing has happened (but most things that update or reset every day, like feeding requirements, will do so then). Animals only take several days or weeks to grow, and never die of old age.