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Fish Tank

 

 

SCORE: 84

 

Fish Tank 

 

Quite often press contacts inform us of interesting upcoming products. Okay a little more than quite often. There are days I am drowning in information on upcoming products. No complaints though because that is the kind of problem I like to have. Fish Tank is a game I had been told about, and watched some videos on. It looked fascinating so we requested a code on the Playstation Minis. That means it plays on the Playstation 3, and Playstation Portable.

I thought I understood everything about Fish Tank from the press releases, pictures and videos. Boy was I off base. The fish swim from the left of the screen to the right. They have different colors, and matching four or more of them together (in almost any formation) puts a button on them. Press that button and they will vanish. Which opens up that area and can have other fish now form side connecting formations. The part I missed was pressing the button. So many puzzle games have the items vanish once they reach the right amount.

There are numerous bright colors used in Fish Tank. There are also some strange images like fish skeletons and trash that find their way into your stream. The fish can be moved up and down to an extent. Pressing the 'L' or 'R' button will send a fish straight into the container area at the right. The fish swim close to one another which can get confusing at times, especially at high speeds.

The watered down sounds in Fish Tank fit the theme of this aquatic title masterfully. I found the music in Fish Tank to be loud and proud. The help page got me on the right page in terms of how to play Fish Tank. I did not find any offensive sounds or language while playing Fish Tank. The special effect sounds for when fish go away was okay, but it could have been as over the top as the rest of the game.

My biggest confusion with Fish Tank is having to press the buttons. In some ways this makes perfect sense. In others it felt like a mild disconnect with the style of watching what was coming from the left. I adapted to it while I played. With that said it felt clumsy to do it at times to me. I also was not happy how I was limited in moving fish up and down. At times I could not make the lowest or highest row because something else was coming down the pike in that same row. I think if Fish Tank had let me cycle from top to bottom that issue would have been corrected.

The main lesson in Fish Tank is matching colors. This game is also a slight twist on the Tetris/Bejeweled concepts. In some ways Fish Tank actually merges the two. I would like to see sequels to Fish Tank in the future. I believe this is a decent game that could have used a little more polish. It was a pleasure for me to get to play and review Fish Tank on the PS3/PSP.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 80%
Sound: 88%
Replay/Extras: 84%
Gameplay: 82%
Family Friendly Factor: 85%
System: Playstation 3/PSP/Wii/iPhone
Publisher: iFun4All
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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