September 19, 2005

Something Fishy

Game front cover
4 out of 5 stars

It couldn't be much simpler, but Fishy is a great five minute time waster; you start off with a tiny fish and your only job is to grow your fish by eating other fish which are smaller than you, while avoiding fish which are bigger than you. Every time you eat a fish, you grow a bit bigger and thus can take on bigger fish next.

The only controls are the arrow keys to move your fish around, so there's zero learning curve, and it has the added virtue (or vice, depending on your temperament) that it's tremendously unforgiving; no matter how long you spend growing your fish, touch one fish that's bigger than you and you're right back to the start. This has the side-effect of encouraging daring play early on, when your fish is tiny and you don't have much to lose, and conservative play later, when you've already spent three minutes getting your fish this far, and you don't want to to squander your efforts to date.

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  1. Cute little fishies!

    19 Sep 2005, 14:50

  2. Want something fishy with a lot more play-time look at this web game (very manic when you have a tankful of fish and an alien coming to shoot them):


    …they have also brought out a new game (where you eat your way to the top of the food chain), but that is still only available as a download at present


    (they don't tend to estimate when a web version becomes available, it just appears one day).

    19 Sep 2005, 18:06

  3. John Dale

    Ah, but I don't have time for a lot more play-time! I need games I can play for five minutes and then walk away from.

    20 Sep 2005, 13:39

  4. I've got a version of that on my mobile! Much fun!

    21 Sep 2005, 09:16

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