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Mighty Fin

 

 

SCORE: 87

 

Mighty Fin 

 

I found myself intrigued by Mighty Fin when I first heard about it. So I pursued a review code for Family Friendly Gaming. Our contact was gracious enough to provide said code, and once I got it on my schedule I started to play this app. I have a confession to make. I thought Mighty Fin would be okay. From what I saw in the video I thought it would be a fun little game on the iPhone/ iPod Touch. Mighty Fin is more than just a fun little game. It has a depth that I was no expecting.

The watery effects in Mighty Fin animate nicely. I am not really a fan of the art of the fish until he is sliding across a flat ice pack. The rating mentions violence which honestly I did not see in this game. When you hit something like a rock, bird, shark, or other bad object the fish stops swimming forward and you get a screen allowing you to restart, go back to the menu, and more. I love how high the fish can fly in Mighty Fin.

Over the years Family Friendly Gaming has reviewed various watery based video games. I have heard different sounds to give that aquatic feel. Mighty Fin has sounds I do not recall hearing before. These sounds do bubble up to the surface in a fun, fresh, and friendly way. The orb collecting sounds in Mighty Fin fit the theme, and bring something to the table. I also enjoyed the music in Mighty Fin.

It is fun getting to dress up your fish in different costumes. I know that statement will have some of ya'll wanting to have me committed. But it is true. You have to try out the different costumes in Mighty Fin. They are hidden throughout various parts of the levels. Speaking of levels there are more than enough for the price of admission. At press time Mighty Fin is selling for $1.29. I feel there is some great value for that price. Especially considering the game play mechanics.

I felt like Po from Kung Fu Panda when I started playing Mighty Fin. I didn't get it at first. Then I thought about it, and tried a few things, and still didn't get it. Then I paid attention to the direction in a deep and meaningful way. Then I got it. I became one with the game. Well not literally but stay with me it works with the metaphor. Pressing on the screen makes the fish dive, and stay down. Letting go sends him flying up, and out of the water. The key to understanding Mighty Fin is to think about a sine wave. That is how this game was developed. There are some twists, and this game is not a push over.

I appreciated the challenge in Mighty Fin. The levels re-use certain aspects, and rotate them around when you have an untimely death. I learned to quickly identify patterns, and keep my fish alive. I really enjoyed my time with Mighty Fin. This game is deeper than I was expecting, and has a very unique play mechanic. Once you get it, you will marvel at the things you can do. I am curious to see what Launching Pad Games comes up with next.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 85%
Sound: 89%
Replay/Extras: 88%
Gameplay: 87%
Family Friendly Factor: 86%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Launching Pad Games
ESRB Rating: '9+' for 9+
{Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence}

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