1UP writes: "When I was 12 years old, I almost drowned. I realize that might seem like an odd way to start a videogame review, but with title like Hydrophobia, my past near-death experiences with water seem particularly relevant. The sensation of drowning, which you've hopefully never encountered, is difficult to explain. That feeling of desperation, the seeming time bomb that is the liquid around you -- Hydrophobia evokes these emotions well. It's just unfortunate that this feeling of aqua-inspired anxiety is the only original idea in an otherwise average game".