Fish Tank (video game)

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Fish Tank
Developer(s) iFun4all
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
WiiWare
Genre(s) Puzzle video game
Mode(s) Single-player

Fish Tank is combination of popular Match 3 genre with arcade puzzle games. It’s an arcade-style matching game from iFun4all. However, instead of matching gems or blocks, you are matching colors of fish. It's kind of combining traditional match-three gameplay with reflex-based mechanics.[1]

Key features of the game include: -24 levels -3 difficulty settings -survival game mode -9 types of bonuses to earn -challenging difficulty curve balanced for both casuals and hardcore Match 3 fans

Gameplay[edit]

Different colors of fish swim from the left-hand side of the screen to a 5×8 grid on the right-hand side of the screen.[2] The player controls their up and down movement and guides them into rows. Unlike most of these games, the matched groups do not automatically vanish upon reaching the minimum number in a row. Having to do it manually introduces strategy as to when player should cash in matched fish. The bigger the group, the more points it is worth, and the player also gets more points for cashing in more than one group at a time. Also complicating matters is a large number of power-ups. These drift along like the fish.[3]

There are two modes of play (arcade mode and challenge mode), each with three different difficulty settings, easy, medium, and hard. Play is somewhat like a survival mode: choose the desired difficulty level, and try to get as many points as possible without dying.[4] The second mode is composed of 24 different levels, each one harder than the last, with a specific amount of points that need to be acquired in order to complete them. One is more suited for casual players, while the other offers a level of depth that more experienced gamers can appreciate.[5]

In both cases, the player keeps playing until a certain amount of fish is killed, but arcade mode has no goals (other than a high score), while challenge mode does—generally to reach a given score with certain factors. For instance, no power-ups, or the fish moving very slowly or quickly. Or not even allowing a single fish to die. There are 24 different challenges, and in each one player can win a different medal, depending on the final score.[6]

Music and graphics[edit]

The sound effects are minimal, it's a kind of calming background music. Sound effects include some popping sounds, whooshing water, and the like. This is a puzzle game, so there is really only one environment in the game, and that is the sea. There are around eight or so different fish. Fish eliminated from a tornado and fish eaten by a shark disappear.

Reception[edit]

  • Gaming XP: 8.1/10
  • PSP Minis: 6.5/10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Yoon. "Fish Tank is a fish matching psp mini". Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  2. ^ Eric G. "Review Fish Tank". Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  3. ^ JeremyR. "Fish Tank Review". Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  4. ^ Julie. "Fish Tank". Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  5. ^ Matt H. "Review". Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  6. ^ JeremyR. "Fish Tank Review". Retrieved 2010-10-22. 

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