Hey, that’s my fish!

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Players:
2-4
Multiplayer:Yes, pass'n'play only
AI:Yes, different levels of difficulty
Universal App:Yes (there is a single app which works on both iPhone and iPad in HD)
Purchase for iPhone:Use link below to purchase universal app
Purchase for iPad:
Hey, That's My Fish! HD
Price: $1.99
User rating:
GD Star Rating
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Hey, that's my fish!, 7.5 out of 10 based on 23 ratings


This game is one that is immediately accessible to a wide variety of people. Families will find it appealing, and becomes a way to entertain their children on long trips and other periods of boredom. The game is simple, colourful, and wonderfully entertaining.

Gameplay

The premise of the game situates you as one of a number of penguin teams of a rapidly diminishing ice floe. It is a hexagonal game where each hex contains a number of fish from one to three. The premise of the game is to move your penguins across the ice flow collecting fish, while watching the hexes of ice collapse in your wake.

You start by placing (in order of turn), your penguins on one of the ’empty’ ice hexes. During your turn, you can move your penguin in any direct up to any number of hexes in that direction. The ice hex they were on disappears beneath the waves and you score points for every fish that was on that hex. Effectively, there is an interesting strategy at play here as you attempt to cut off your opponents and corral them into a corner, or reducing their available moves. By isolating penguins you limit their moves, and expedite their exit from the game.

When your penguins run out of moves, their ice hex is upset by a hungry orca and they decend into the water below. The penguin team with the most fish is the winner. So aside from this euphemistic disney death of your penguins by hungry hungry orca, it is something fun for the whole family. At the end of the game, when all players have run out of moves the game is scored. Your score equals the number of fish you have collected (tiles of one fish give one point, tiles of two fish give two points, etc…).

Implementation

It took me all of twenty seconds to get how this game works. While it doesn’t have an actual tutorial it does have one or two key prompts, as well as a pictoral explanation. While a tutorial is the ideal delivery of introducing a game, something that gives a clear visual explanation can suffice. Especially when talking about a game with such a small scope as this.

The graphics are wonderfully comic, and the sound immersive. The animation of the penguins are downright cheerful, even when they get eaten by an orca. Truth be told, I vascillate between glee and sadness with each comical death and I don’t know whether this is the impact the developers intended. Still it does make my victory feel rather phyrric when I see all those unfortunate penguin deaths.

One of the features that I found particularly enjoyable was the unlockable content. At first I was expecting an in-app purchase when I saw them, but discovered to my delight that the unlockable content became unlocked by certain victory conditions. It gives you some variety across a reasonably basic game.

Verdict

7/10: It is not a game with a huge amount of depth, but there is a reasonable amount of strategy that can be employed. I think its high accessibility to different people will make it a favourite amongst the audience here, and it gives to me the impression of a good complete game.



  • I really love this game and the app, and I think they did a great job with it.

    The strength of H!TMF is that it’s actually a fairly complex pure strategy game wrapped up in a cutesy theme, making it accessible for casual gamers but meaty enough for “grown ups”.

    The only thing I wish this app offered was a non-3D seen-from-above option so that you could leave the iPad flat on the table rather than passing it around.

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