More Reviews
REVIEWS Fallout Shelter Review
Bethesda's strategic vault simulator is fun and nostalgic, but will the publisher get fallout for the micro-transaction advantage?

Batman: Arkham Knight Review
Rocksteady concludes its Batman trilogy with Scarecrow, the mysterious Arkham Knight, and a whole lot of Batmobile.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Faf Preview
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight has a long name, but don't make fun of it. It can kick your ass.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
Release date: Out Now

Lost Dimension
Release date: 07/28/15


LATEST FEATURES Buy, Try, Die: July 2015 Release List
Rocket League, Godzilla, God of War III Remastered: What will you Buy, what will you Try, and what needs to Die!

8 Things FFXIV: Heavensward Does Better than World of Warcraft
Sometimes elders can learn a thing or two from young blood.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP oblivion437     In all the talk of graphical downgrades no one seems much preoccupied with 'why?'.  Why build something and then proceed to tear it down, piece by piece, in the hope that ever more diminished expectations about the final product won't be severe enough to...

DAILY MANIFESTO

Mobile Review: Fish Out of Water (iOS)

Posted on Tuesday, April 23 @ 13:02:00 Eastern by

Title: Fish Out of Water 
Developer: Halfbrick Studios
Version: 1.0
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
Related Games:   Fish Out Of Water
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.


comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution