Way back when I was in university, I used to download games and share them with my fellow uni-mates. Well, I don’t see any harm resurrecting that practice and recommending games to anyone who happens to read this. We are, afterall, bored workers. And what cheers bored workers more than games that suck the time out of our wasted lives?
The game of the week is… drumroll… blargh. What’s the point? Its already stated there in the title. So yeah, I present to you, Insaniquarium. The game can be played online for free at the Pop Cap site or downloaded (Deluxe version) and played offline. A colleague of mine brought the installer to the office on his thumbdrive along with the crack for the game. I figured, what the heck. I’ll just play it for a while. As it turns out, the crack was ONLY for Windows XP and I could only play it for an hour. Well, I made the effort to look for the crack for Windows 2000 so that I could get a little more juice out of the game and managed to find it.
Here’s what you need to do to play a little longer. Refer to Game of the Week for the recommended installer and crack.
- Download the recommended installer and crack
- Install Insaniquarium
- Unzip the crack archive you downloaded
- Copy “Insaniquarium Deluxe.exe” to the folder where you installed the game
- Copy “partner.xml” and “partner.xml.sig” to the profile folder in your install directory
- Run the game and click away
What you get for the trouble? A nice game of click the mouse. Basically, you maintain this uber cool aquarium and you try and populate it with fishies (guppies to be precise). You feed the fish and they grow and they drop coins that you pick up for more money to buy more fishies. The aquarium gets attacked occasionally by aliens and you fend them off by zapping them with you BFG (big freaking [lasere]gun). Every level you pass in the campaign mode earns you a new pet which will help you in your daily aquarium chores. Later stages throw in different dynamics (e.g. different alien types and different fishes and aquarium cuties).
In campaign mode, you get 4 aquariums, 5 level each which gives you 20 levels of guppy feeding frenzy through which you can gain control of 20 pets. Every completed aquarium rewards you with a bonus round where you try to collect as many shells as possible. 4 bonus pets can be purchased with shells that you earn during gameplay. A total of… 8 (i think) alien types plus one big arse ugly boss mother alien brain. Each aquarium you complete in campaign mode opens up the time-trial for that aquarium, where you work agains the clock to earn as much money as possible within a set period. Completing the campaign mode (read: kill the freaking big boss) unlocks the challenge mode where you play to win against increasing odds (e.g. items get more expensive over time and alien attacks get more frequent and in bigger numbers… got hit by 10 freaking aliens once!). Also once you complete the normal campaign mode, it turns into a bonus campaign mode where you get a bonus round after every level. Other features include a virtual aquarium and screen saver.
Word of warning to the wise: This is one addictive game! It has my office in a death grip. Every other hour, you hear frantic clicking. If you’re not careful, it may cost you your job! Uh huh uh huh! You heard me right. So proceed at your own risk. Save us from this insanity!
The author does not condone piracy. If you find that you enjoy the game after playing it for a bit, do purchase the license. Good work should be given its due.
- Insaniquarium: Loading Screen -
- Insaniquarium: Main Game Menu -
- Insaniquarium: Feed The Fishies! -
- Insaniquarium: Zap ‘em Aliens -
- Insaniquarium: Aquarium Pets -
- Insaniquarium: Screen Saver Setup -