Mobile Review: Fish Out of Water (iOS)
Posted on Tuesday, April 23 @ 13:02:00 PST by Daniel Bischoff
Title: Fish Out of Water
Developer: Halfbrick Studios
Date of Release: April 18th, 2013
iTunes Link - $0.99
At first I thought Fish Out of Water was another auto-runner from Halfbrick Studios, the Australian developer behind Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride. Instead, the latest gives you control of six fish with different attributes which quickly turns into a skill-based practice in flicking. A single run of three fish-throws takes less than a minute, meaning it's far too easy to pick up and play at the drop of a pin.
Playing over the past few days, I started to identify with certain fish. I had favorites and a few I thought were garbage (Rocket for sure), but overall I was destroying the leaderboards. Learning how to throw each fish perfectly took no time at all, and I was maximizing my well-rounded scores in clear conditions. The weather system in the game means stormy waters make skips unpredictable, a deftly added layer of depth on Halfbrick's part.
I did buy an extra dollar of crystals in-app to see how far my money would take me in the standings. I had mostly been using crystals conservatively as leveling up happens frequently, but not to the point where you're pockets are lined with the valuable powerups. Still, I figured I'd live a little and planned to use three crystal fish to really impress the judges.
Experimenting with my early level spoils, I knew I wanted to use powerups to score a perfect 10 with one judge, add 100m of distance onto one of my throws, and another for added boost. Halfbrick knows how to reward the player, but FOoW (Foo-wuh) doesn't follow Barry Steakfries to coin-addicts anonymous. Repeatedly trying for a high score and having to learn how to properly flick each fish is its own reward, and I was ready to blow the crab judges' puny little minds.
Of course that's when I started my throws and realized you can only use one crystal per run of fish. Dammit Halfbrick, why'd you have to keep things so fair and not encourage pay-to-win tactics? I guess that's a good thing. I really like Fish Out of Water and I give Hard to Please Harwood a 3 out of 10 for being such a jerk.
Fish Out of Water! Beginner's Guide, Tips, and Cheats
Fish Out of Water! Fish Types FAQ
Fish Out of Water! Judges FAQ
Fish Out of Water! How to Level Up And Earn Crystals Fast
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