IGN writes: "It was around the time when I was frantically trying to defend an allied vessel against impossible odds that I realized Aqua just wasn't as fun as I thought it was going to be. Arriving on Xbox Live Arcade this week, this twin-stick arcade shooter puts you in control of a speedy little ship waging a war on the high seas. When I first started up Aqua, I thought it would be a fun arcade shooter, though not nearly as polished as games like Geometry Wars or the PlayStation Network hit Super Stardust HD. As it turns out, Aqua just isn't that fun at all. The game relies heavily on the worst gameplay types around (see: escort missions) and the odd difficulty spikes just don't seem to work in this very strange downloadable".