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Sim Aquarium Free

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Confusing as they are two separate downloads"

    December 5, 2013  |   By mlrich

    Version: Sim Aquarium Free 3.5.50

    Pros

    Beautiful colors and interface but there is only 1 fish in the trial version and I am sick of trying to make this work.

    Cons

    Sim Aquarium Store has two free separate downloads:

    Sim Aquarium 3 which has an upgrade for $39.99?

    Clownfish 3D which has an upgrade for $14.95

    https://sites.fastspring.com/ss3d/instant/simaquariumpremiumup

    Needless to say I purchased the $14.95 upgrade and tried to use the key code for the Sim Aquarium 3 free download and it didin't work. I did not realize until right now that they are two separate free downloads. I have contacted Sim Aquarium several times and they have not responded. I am going to request a refund from Fast Spring.

    Summary

    Download at your own risk and beware that Sim is actually offering two different free downloads with different upgrades at different prices.

    Updated on Dec 11, 2013

    After contacting Digital Illusions Software I was told that the Sim Aquarium 3 and the Clownfish 3D are the same download. Fast Spring is only the payment center and any questions should be directed to Digital Illusions Software directly.

    To their credit DIS credited me with a refund in the amount of $14.95 immediately upon hearing that I had difficulty with the upgrade. I also learned that when you are given your key codes it is very important to include the "_" as well.

    That being said after reviewing many other aquarium screensavers I still feel that Sim Aquarium 3 is one of the best products out there and I would highly recommend it. Defintely a 5 star product.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Only an ad to purchase full version"

    June 29, 2013  |   By QueixaSamba

    Version: Sim Aquarium Free 3.4.45

    Pros

    easy to uninstall

    Cons

    Not the free screensaver it says it is. It is a crippled, barely there version with one fish and a blue background. And plenty of advertisements to buy additional fish and additional backgrounds.

    Summary

    Just be honest with me. Don't tell me it's free, then give me a piece of crap and tell me if I give you money you'll give me something worthwhile. You've already been dishonest with me. You think, in light of the dishonesty of this company and the untrustworthiness they have already displayed, and the scam they are running, I'm going to trust them with my credit card info?

    This is a free, crappy screensaver with one fish on a blue background.

    CNET should be ashamed for even having it in their free screensavers section.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It only downloads"

    January 12, 2013  |   By leonv93703

    Version: Sim Aquarium Free 3.4.41

    Pros

    it only downloads files to computer

    Cons

    doesn't open. I sent repeated error reports because it won't open says there are errors in files downloaded.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Causing Safari to crash"

    April 11, 2012  |   By bluejen1

    Version: Sim Aquarium Free 3.1.29

    Pros

    10 characters

    Cons

    Can't find file to delete. Tried AppCleaner, AppTrap, etc. A seriously awful piece of software. Even stranger, don't remember even downloading it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fantastically peaceful!"

    February 18, 2012  |   By sirhurtalot

    Version: Sim Aquarium Free 3.1.28

    Pros

    I have been a long time user of the PC version of SimAQUARIUM and have been enjoying it a lot all these years. It helps me relax and deal with all the stress from the work.

    Cons

    None. This is the most realistic aquarium simulation i have ever seen or bought.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Yet another misleading developer"

    January 23, 2012  |   By J-T-K

    Version: Sim Aquarium Free 3.1.28

    Pros

    Great realistic graphical features and sound effects, well laid out options & all that.

    Kept the wife happy....++for me :)

    and then....

    Cons

    And then ... the trial of a free edition ended (Did i just say trial of a free edition? I must be mad!)

    Wife now not happy.

    As per the Eula on install;

    "SIM AQUARIUM is "Shareware". I.e. you can use this demo version during 7 days after installation. Program will also display a "registration reminder" message on the screen. 7 days after SIM AQUARIUM installation you should either REGISTER it OR stop using it and consequently remove SIM AQUARIUM from your system (you can find out how to register on author's website: http//:www.simaquarium.com/ ).

    After REGISTRATION you will receive your personal Activation Code. Once entered in the program's registration dialog (your computer MUST be connected to the Internet during the activation process), this key will remove all "registration-reminder" messages displayed by SIM AQUARIUM, and you will gain rights to use program for an unlimited time period."

    And listed here on Cnet

    Sim Aquarium Free Edition

    Price:
    Free

    Summary

    Trial period with the nagging to buy the full version at $49.95USD is irritating at best.

    Pretty lil fella, but not worth 50 bucks especially when this edition is listed in the "free" section as a free edition.

    Bad marketing DiS, come on, up your game.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Misleading at best. Sorry. :("

    November 24, 2011  |   By karenvoss

    Version: Sim Aquarium Free 3.1.28

    Pros

    Pretty pictured fish and seemingly great options and all that. Honestly, I once went to OfficeMax and bought a $10 fishtank program that still works great so far on every OS I've installed it on, of course the # of fish and backgrounds are limited, but hey, it's a doggone screensaver already! :0

    Cons

    this is directly quoted from the EULA via MS-Notepad:
    eMAIL: ladislaw@ss3d.com
    SIM AQUARIUM is "Shareware".I.e. you can use this demo version during 7 days after installation. Program will also display a
    "registration reminder" message on the screen. 7 days after SIM AQUARIUM installation you should either REGISTER it OR stop using it and consequently remove SIM AQUARIUM from your system (you
    can find out how to register on author's website:
    http://www.simaquarium.com/).

    Summary

    I think 7 days is kinda lame for a trial period, mind you, for a program advertised as "free" ....just my thoughts of course. I stopped right there and did not bother installing past the EULA paragraph quoted above. I'm kinda glad I didn't get wrapped into 39.99 or whatever they thought they were gonna charge me for a free program.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Doesn't like my win7 machine"

    October 18, 2011  |   By elaineallinson

    Version: Sim Aquarium Free 3.1.27

    Pros

    Beautiful to look at........

    Cons

    .........if it wasn't unstable

    Summary

    Needs fixing

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Beautiful Screensaver!!"

    September 9, 2011  |   By vice350z

    Version: Sim Aquarium Free 3.1.27

    Pros

    Beautiful coral tank screen saver. Looks and runs great at 1920x1080 on my 65" Plasma using an ATI HD6870 grafx card.

    Cons

    Not really "free" but I don't care. Wish the premium was a little cheaper than $39.99 but at least you get 3 extra licenses to share and future tanks.

    Summary

    If you love coral screen savers then you gotta get this one. Sim Aquarium has come a long way since Sim Aquarium 2 in terms of 3D graphics. I love it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "As others have said, definitely not free."

    August 14, 2011  |   By CH1978

    Version: Sim Aquarium Free 3.1

    Pros

    Great if you want to purchase. No Pros if you want to use this for free.

    Cons

    If you want to use this as a screen saver, definitely not free.

    Summary

    Basically I downloaded to try out, then promptly uninstalled.

    When the screen saver pops up, there is an ad in the bottom left corner asking you to buy. Then, after about 30 seconds, the screen saver ends with an options screen saying if you want full functionality, then you have to buy. From their description, it sounds like you can use part of this for free as a screen saver, but definitely not. I would have given less than 1 star if possible.

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