Thunderbolt writes: "Hydrophobia is the perfect example of a game where development is focused almost entirely on its central mechanic. In Hydrophobia’s case, this mechanic is water. Developers ‘Dark Energy’ have created a hugely impressive engine where water appears lifelike and magnificent. It’s unfortunate, then, that the rest of the game has been neglected. From terrible combat to confusing and awkward design issues, Hydrophobia is rarely entertaining and often frustrating."