The world of aquaponics is continuously growing - in more ways than what’s implied by our pun. Interest and passion for urban farming has increased in areas where traditional agriculture has been next to impossible. Paired with the growing trend of eating locally grown produce, aquaponics has exploded worldwide. What better way to learn how to be successful in actual sustainable urban farming than with virtual practice?
A new video game, Aquaponics Life, is in the works by the popular gaming platform, Steam. Aquaponics Life will give people the opportunity to simulate a virtual aquaponics system before actually giving it a go in reality. According to the game’s web page:
“The human population will always surge up and this will threaten the world foods reserves. Earth cities turn crowded everyday and lots of people need to be fed, but the food farms (are) growing tight on space… Aquaponics Life lets you start and grow your aquaponics business and become the best urban farmer in the city. Grow your food and establish the endless food resources to feed all kinds of customers. Control your farm to gain profit as much as you can while managing the complexity of the aquaponics system to keep it producing.”
While not all of the game’s features have been formally announced in an effort to “prevent spoilers” and entice users to purchase the game once it is released, some of the highlights of the new game include the ability to grow different varieties of plant and fish, and find the optimal settings to grow the best quality products. In the game, you can maximize your system output by setting plant positions, maintaining the biological controls, and monitoring system nitrite, ammonia, nitrate, temperature, pH, and more. Hone your business skills by recruiting worker robots, administering your brand and setting prices. The game aims to deliver as real of an experience as possible to potential aquaponics business owners.
Aquaponics Life is already getting quite the buzz within the gaming community, and has been featured on sites like Hardcore Gamer. Although Aquaponics Life does not have a set release date at this time, it's highly anticipated and expected to launch soon for Windows.