the Fish & the Seven Waters has a kind of naive
charm to it. It's meant for kids but it can be played
by adults because of its simple premise and arcade-style
gameplay. Just don't expect to play it too long because
it does get boring.
may be fascinated by Finny and his friends and the
game might keep them interested long enough for you
to enjoy back-to-back episodes of Dog the Bounty Hunter.
In Finny the Fish we're given an underwater perspective
of what it's like to be a fish as we swim around,
look for things to eat, solve puzzles and avoid getting
snagged by a hook from above. There's a story to the
game and some interesting characters although the
overall effect is something like a poor imitation
of a Disney production.
the hero, is saddled with the responsibility of calming
the waters. He lives in a pond but has access to other
ponds, swamps, lakes, streams, rivers and waterfalls
which he can access by jumping or locating secret
shortcuts. Finny has limited moves and the controls
aren't very tight making the entire experience somewhat
flimsy - like a dead fish.
is one of Finny's greatest pleasures. It also keeps
him healthy. You can monitor his intake with the stomach
meter. To eat, you just approach a small, mouthwatering
seafood snack and chomp away. The bigger treats will
give you more satisfaction but they also put up a
bigger fight. I must admit that I don't eat seafood
but this game does make me hungry. Just thinking of
a fried version of Finny with tartar sauce and a plateful
of fries is enough to get my gastric juices flowing.
of fights (and food), prepare to do some battling
of your own if you manage to get hooked by one of
the anglers that is also looking for a meal. You have
to swim like crazy and try to tighten the line at
which time you will give it a quick snap and hope
to break it. I know that getting hooked is not a good
thing but it's the most excitement that you'll experience
in the game so you'll probably want to risk your life
again and again and again
of the time you'll be swimming around solving puzzles
and searching for items to fulfill your missions.
There's a lot of backtracking and these fetch quests
can get really boring fast. At least the environments
are cool. They're loaded with obstacles and characters
that are both friend and foe.
animation is good but the graphics are great. The
worlds are bright, clear and colorful. Character models
are fully realized and aside from the annoying voiceovers,
they would certainly be at home in a full length animated
movie. I think the developers missed the boat on this
one because it talks down to kids too much. I was
wondering if the developers, Natsume, are a subsidiary
of Fisher Price?
the Fish offers short bursts of entertainment best
reserved for a rental. If you've got a really, really,
young tyke it might provide a few hours of fun but
the novelty will be short lived for all involved.