The Aquatic Adventures of the Last Human is a 2D exploration game with Metroidvania elements at their bare minimum. You’ll explore varying areas that have a melancholy atmosphere, while also finding upgrades that are hidden throughout the map in both obvious, and not obvious places. You play as, as the title might suggest, the last human. On a distant-future return to earth, you crash and find yourself in a sunken society where only wildlife is left to roam the sea. The story is told through holo-tapes that you’ll discover as you explore the map in your submarine, and each one gives you a little piece of what happened, and how things got to the state they’re in.

Positives

+ Aquatic Adventures of the Last Human has an excellent atmosphere, where you can get absolutely lost in the tranquility of it all. The 2D sprite art is very, very pretty.

+ No matter how calm the game may make you feel, the other main draw here are the bosses. You won’t find much out to get you while casually exploring, but there are a handful of major enemies that shift the calm nature of the game right over to frantic. Most of them are well designed and provide a challenge you wouldn’t expect upon first glace. Thankfully the upgrade system and hidden weapons do a good job at helping you overcome whatever challenge may be getting the better of you. There’s also a boss rush mode!

+ I’m a sucker for good soundtracks, and Aquatic Adventures nails it… for the most part. Each area of the map has its own designated sound, and I’d say most of them are spot on. I found myself bouncing my head along, and looking forward to each track as it popped up.

Negatives

Not having a full map is a bit frustrating when it comes to remembering where you’ve been and what you couldn’t quite access. Being on the smaller/shorter side (roughly 5-6 hours), you’ll eventually find the path you were searching for, but not being able to see the places you’ve missed is something that could have easily been avoided with a full, proper map.

While I personally don’t find this to be negative, the bosses may be a bit too tough for those looking for the calming experience the game otherwise tricks you with.

Conclusion

The Aquatic Adventures of the Last Human is a great game with an excellent atmosphere. With phenomenal 2D pixel-art and an equally good soundtrack, there isn’t a whole lot to not like. The shift between tranquility and frantic pressure regarding the boss fights was a huge plus for me, but may be a bit daunting for some players. Not having a full, proper map to help with exploring is a hindrance, but the exploring itself is fun enough to not detract too much from the experience. I’d highly recommend The Aquatic Adventures of the Last Human for anyone who is even a minor fan of the Metroidvania genre. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Score – 7.5/10

*Reviewer spent roughly 10 hours completing the game, and making significant progress in hardcore mode. Also took a few runs at boss rush mode. Most of the game was played on a TV, as handheld mode didn’t offer a better experience aside from it being a bit better graphically.

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Written by Shawn Ryan

I've been gaming for almost 30 years, with a vast array of knowledge (and Gamerscore) under my belt. I play everything, and tend to find the good even in bad games. There will never be a game better than The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

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