Classroom Aquatic Kickstarter Off To A Swimmingly Good Start

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Originally born as an entry for the Virtual Reality Jam 2013, Classroom Aquatic, a game currently being developed by Sunken Places, has swum on to bigger and better things with their brand-spanking new Kickstarter, which is off to a roaring start. Already making waves with their unusual genre descriptors, such as “cheat-’em-up” and “stealth trivia,” Classroom Aquatic certainly seems like they’re breaching new ground with what otherwise looks like an amusing, enjoyable play. Utilizing some of the exciting new technology available to game developers by making the Oculus Rift headset essential to play, this game will definitely be one to keep your eye on, especially while your other eye is wandering to the answers the dolphin next to you is scribbling down.

As you take on the role of the main character, an exchange student currently attending this ridiculously well-decorated dolphin school, you begin to realise that the game is basically every student’s worst nightmare. We’ve all been there and experienced it: turning up to a class where there’s a surprise test, and you couldn’t be further from prepared. Your heart is thumping in your chest as your mind runs a million miles a minute to try and figure a way out of the situation. Crib notes? Emergency toilet run? Nope. Just check out the answers from the dude next to you, old-school style.

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Using the Oculus Rift, you must surreptitiously check out the answers of the dolphins around you to pass the test, and by surreptitiously, we mean that you’ve gotta be shifty as hell. You can glance sideways or create distractions, like throwing things at your fellow students so that their dolphin cries echo through the classroom and momentarily distract that teacher that’s been giving you the hawkeye the entire time. If you avoid detection three times and tick all the right boxes, you’ve won the game (and beat the system)!

Classroom Aquatic says that it will bring several things to the table to engage players, such as an immersive underwater environment that lets you experience what life would really be like as an exchange student in a dolphin school, hours of creative play where you can experiment on how innovate a sneak you can become and even multiple game modes. The campaign mode is to span a whole semester at school, while the game itself will include multiple classrooms and teachers, leaving you with a load of content to play through and enjoy.

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Personally, I have to say I absolutely love the idea of Classroom Aquatic and can’t wait to see how it pans out. The way that the game is both taking new, upcoming technology under its wing and thinking outside the genre box at the same time is paving the way to a fantastic game, the likes of which will never have been seen before. The art direction seems crisp and humorous from the trailers, with the environments displayed in the Kickstarter video already sleek, engaging and uncluttered.

You can check out Classroom Aquatic’s Kickstarter page here.

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