From Sega Retro
|System(s): Large attraction|
|Developer: Sega AM5, Digital Universe|
|Genre: Simulation, Shoot-em-up|
|Number of players: 1-8|
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Aqua Nova (アクアノーバ) is a medium-sized attraction designed by Sega for its amusement theme park venues. Players don stereoscopic 3D glasses and sit in moving, tilting seats to watch a six minute long interactive CGI ridefilm on a large movie screen. The ride simulates a futuristic submarine voyage to an undersea colony, which is suddenly attacked by a sea monster. Aqua Nova's eight seats each feature a control panel allowing players to "shoot" the monster and change the ending of the film.
Set in the future, Aqua Nova begins as a leisurely submarine tour of an experimental city located deep beneath the seas of a distant planet. A comical robotic sea turtle, "Ada," serves as the riders' tour guide and narrator. The calm atmosphere is broken when a monstrous giant squid suddenly appears and begins destroying the city, sending the players' submarine tumbling through collapsing tunnels and scaffolding. When the giant squid appears, players are encouraged to use the control panel mounted in front of their seats to shoot at the beast. Depending on how well the players accomplish this, Aqua Nova presents one of sixteen possible ending scenes, ranging from the complete destruction of the city to an explosive defeat of the squid.
In 1995, Sega AM5 contracted Los Angeles animation studio Digital Universe to create the CGI film for Aqua Nova. Director Art Durinski led a six person team of modelers and animators to complete the project.
Aqua Nova made its first appearance at Fukuoka Joypolis upon the venue's opening in April 1996, and was installed at numerous amusement theme parks and entertainment centres opened by Sega into the mid 2000s. With the exception of Tokyo Joypolis, where its version has since been replaced by newer attractions, all venues have closed permanently.
- Main article: Aqua Nova/Magazine articles.
Aqua Nova exterior at Sega World Sydney.
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