Freddi Fish

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Freddi Fish
Freddi Fish & Luther.gif
Freddi Fish and Luther, as they appear in Freddi Fish and the Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse
Genres Adventure, Edutainment
Developer(s) Humongous Entertainment
Publisher(s) Humongous Entertainment
Creator(s) Ron Gilbert, Larry Kay, Tami Caryl Borowick
Platforms Windows, Macintosh, iOS, Android, Linux
First release Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
1994
Latest release Freddi Fish's Fun House
2013

Freddi Fish is a series of children's adventure games from Humongous Entertainment. The series began in 1994. Freddi Fish is an anthropomorphic yellow fish who takes on detective investigations throughout the series. Her best friend, a green fish named Luther, goes with her on all her adventures. The voices of Freddi Fish and Luther were performed by Annette Toutonghi[1] and Mike McAuliffe at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington.[2] The series sold more than 2.5 million copies and won over 75 awards of excellence.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Freddi and Luther move from one screen to another by clicking where the cursor turns into a chunky arrow. When the cursor is just a small cursor outline then there is nothing clickable, but when the small cursor outline fills in, something happens when clicking the mouse. Like all Humongous Entertainment games, clicking on an object in the environment prompts an animation which is sometimes funny but irrelevant to the plot of the game. However, when a person or certain objects are clicked, something will happen like the person talking or Freddi Fish picking up the object. Collected objects appear on the bottom of the screen in their own individual bubbles. Freddi Fish puts objects away by sweeping them behind her back, often resulting in hilarious scenes when putting away large objects. Overall, Freddi Fish Junior Adventures are mainly about helping solve others' problems which are tied into a constantly progressing storyline.

In all the Freddi Fish games except the second game (Haunted Schoolhouse), the game has some area to solve one last challenge, that is only accessible when accomplishing the "initial" objective—the objective given near the start of the game. Once this area is reached, the player is locked in there and from the third game (Stolen Conch Shell) onwards, any leftover stuff is taken away.

The third and fourth games end with a mystery to find out who was the thief. In the third game, they give one or two clues that point to the personality of one person; in the fourth game, a clue in the Hogfishes' room points to an object the person had been using.

Games[edit]

Adventure games[edit]

Other games[edit]

"Junior Arcade" puzzle games
Game Releases Developer, Publisher Notes
Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness
  • Windows, Macintosh: November 19, 1996
  • iOS: September 2, 2013
  • Android: April 1, 2014[4]
  • Linux: April 17, 2014[5]
Freddi Fish and Luther's Water Worries
  • Windows, Macintosh: November 27, 1996
  • Linux: May 1, 2014[6]
Freddi Fish Jellyfish Jamboree
  • Handheld LCD: 1999[7]
Humongous Entertainment
Activity Programs
Game Releases Developer, Publisher Notes
Freddi Fish's One-Stop Fun Shop
  • Windows, Macintosh: April 5, 2000[8]
Humongous Entertainment, Infogrames Gained Award of Excellence from Review Corner[9]
Freddi Fish And Friends: ABC Under The Sea
  • Nintendo DS: October 5, 2010.[10]
1st Playable Productions
Freddi Fish's Fun House
  • iOS, Android: July 17, 2013.[11]
Nimbus Games

Availability[edit]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Freddi Fish - A 4-year-old yellow fish with orange fins and blue eyes. She volunteers to investigate any mystery or crime that has recently affected her friends. She often counters the crooks she catches with morals of wrongdoings, and has a desire to be a police officer when she reaches adulthood. She was voiced by Annette Toutonghi.
  • Luther - A green fish with beige fins and black eyes. He is Freddi's best friend and sidekick. He is 4 years old like Freddi, and is very faithful to his friends and family. He was voiced by Mike McAucliffe.

Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds (1994)[edit]

  • Boss & Spongehead - Two thieving blue sharks who steal kelp seeds that feed the whole town specially for the Squidfather. As their names reflect, Boss is the shark that does the planning, and Spongehead is the shark that follows the instructions with some outcomes going wrong. They also do a major role in the second game.
  • Eddie - A mean, green electric eel, who stands in other fishes' way and has a big appetite. Plays the same role in the second game.
  • Grandma Grouper - A purple grouper and Freddi's grandmother who grows the kelp seeds. Also makes a small appearance in the fifth game.
  • Ray - An aqua-coloured Manta Ray with a fancy for collecting pretty items of value. Plays the same role in the second game.
  • Sam - Pelican and close friend to Freddi and Luther.
  • Squidfather - A pink giant squid, who groans and mumbles when he talks. He is constantly grumpy and spends a lot of time stroking his pet white catfish. In his angriest moments he expels ink. He is based on Vito Corleone from The Godfather and Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the James Bond movies.
  • Tucker Turtle - A green sea turtle and a good friend to Freddi and Luther. Plays a more important role in the second game.

Freddi Fish 2[edit]

  • Barnacle Bob - An orange octopus who specializes in selling pulleys. By his own admission, he cannot help but speak in sentences that rhyme with each other.
  • Captain Schnitzel - A blue flounder who wears a captain's hat and a brown sweater. He is an expert in knots.
  • Casey - A magenta fish shaped like Luther with the same colored fins. In the fifth game he analyzes a sample of "sea cheese" found in Coral Cove Park with his microscope.
  • Mr. Triplefin - A blue an aqua fish with green fins. He is a retired janitor who lives in a secluded shack and plays a guitar.
  • Mrs. Croaker - A purple fish who wears a magenta dress. She teaches the young guppies at school.[26]

Freddi Fish 3[edit]

  • Claw - An orange lobster who has the same personality as Eddie and even owns a "bully's club". He was voiced by Craig English.
  • Gill Barker - A turquoise-colored shark who acts as a traveling salesman and a carnival ringmaster. Also is one possible suspect in the fourth game. He was voiced by Stephan Weyte.
  • Horst Fedders - A purple seahorse and a tourist. He was voiced by Ken Boynton.
  • Magenta - A monkey who loves bananas. She was voiced by Lyn McManus.
  • Nadine - A pink narwhal who always takes care of her tooth. She was voiced by Lisa Wick.
  • Old Soggy - Blenny's pet dogfish that resembles a basset hound.
  • Pierre - A pompous yellow needlefish with a French accent and a tailor. He is known to brag about his mending. He was voiced by Ken Boynton.
  • Rosy Pearl - A blue squid who acts as a host of a talent show. She was voiced by Lauren Tewes.
  • Uncle Blenny - Luther's uncle and the "Grand Exalted Keeper of the Conch". He was once blamed for stealing the conch. He was voiced by Craig English.[27]

Freddi Fish 4[edit]

  • Cousin Calico Catfish - Freddi's cousin, a yellow catfish with light blue hair and hogfish rancher. She was voiced by Kate Fleming.
  • E Tippet - A red hermit crab who makes his home in his own mailbox. He was voiced by Andromeda Dunker.
  • Eight Finger Phil - A blue octopus with a green bowler hat. He serves as the piano player of the Sodaloon. He was voiced by Ken Boynton.
  • Fluke - A blue sperm whale who has a cabaret hall inside her mouth and something stuck between her teeth. She was voiced by Kate Fleming.
  • Goby and Moray - Two hogfish rustlers. Goby is beige and skinny, while Moray is dark brown and fat. Moray's job is to feed the hogfish (the hogfish hate his cooking), and Goby's job is to guard the hideout. Moray's shown to be smarter than Goby. Goby was voiced by William Dufrees, and Moray was voiced by Mike Shapiro.
  • Gruntle - One of Calico's prized hogfish. She was voiced by Sharon Collar.
  • Hammerhead and Sawfish - Two sharks who do carpentry and frequently drink coffee. Hammerhead was voiced by Gene Cordova and Sawfish was voiced by Dex Manley.
  • Hungry Shark - A pink shark, who wears a green hat with a yellow ribbon and has only two visible teeth and very good at chewing through stuff.
  • Nelson Torso - A blue and strong fish wearing cadet blue overalls with a front pocket and constructing glasses and has a son named Half Nelson. He specialises in making belt buckles. He was voiced by Gene Cordova.
  • Puffer - A Mint Green puffer fish who tends to inflate when anyone comes near. He was voiced by Sharon Collar.
  • Sahara Slim - A reddish brown, elderly fish who once went through the Sahara Desert. He was voiced by Scott Burns.
  • Saltwater Stella - A purple fish who is the owner of the Sodaloon. She was voiced by Kymberli Colbourne.
  • Shady Shark - A green loan shark who has a debt to collect from Gill Barker. He was voiced by Ken Boynton.
  • Sheriff Shrimp - A turquoise shrimp who's the sheriff of Briny Gulch. He was voiced by Mike Madeoy.
  • Squids - A trio of blue, orange and purple ink spitting squids who reside at the entrance to the Sodaloon. The purple squid is named Orchid, the orange one is named Apricot (Ape for short), and the blue one is named Periwinkle (Perry for short). Orchid was voiced by Kymberli Colbourne, Apricot/Ape was voiced by William Dufrees, and Periwinkle/Perry was voiced by Andromeda Dunker.
  • U - An orange sea snail. U's real name is Uriah Jedadiah Eruipides Algernon Fortesque Forsythe (he forgets the rest). He was voiced by Chris Wicklund.[28]

Freddi Fish 5[edit]

  • Al B. Core - A large Maya Blue fish, who owns a stand for exchanging trading cards. He was voiced by Ken Boynton.
  • Clyde - An absent minded barber who gives fish makeovers. He was voiced by Craig English.
  • Dadfish - A grouchy pink fish with red fins who lives with his baby daughter and doesn't like anyone touching his house roof. He was voiced by Rick May.
  • Donna - A beautiful pink fish and one of the citizens with a blonde crest and blue eyes and wears a working hat. She is a mechanic who repairs the Claw Machine. Her love interest is Laren. She was voiced by Kelly Wright.
  • Earl - A smart turtle and one of the citizens who has an excellent skill in map reading. His love interest is Kipper. He was voiced by Craig English.
  • Gillian Barker - Gil Barker's twin sister. She was voiced by Ken Boynton.
  • Kipper - A large and sweet pink fish and one of the citizens who wears a magenta dress with a beige collar and is the owner of the taffy shop. Her love interest is Earl. She was voiced by Kymberli Colbourne.
  • Kit - A wimpy blue octopus with orange hair and one of the citizens who works as a craftsman. His love interest is Marge the Sarge. He was voiced by Dennis Bateman.
  • Laren - A shy turquoise farmer fish and one of the citizens with emerald green fins and a tail who wears a patched shirt and an orange and blue hat and tries to make his own jug band. His love interest is Donna, and he speaks with a Wild Western accent. He was voiced by Ken Boynton.
  • Marge the Sarge - A pink fish and Kit's love interest with overgrown red hair and wears green military uniform. She's a military strategist who trains tetras and is one of the citizens. Her love interest is Kit. She was voiced by Bobbi Kotula.
  • Marty Sardini - An evil, selfish, and greedy green fish who developed Coral Cove Park. He secretly drove Xamfear out of the park and stole his deed so he could prevent his reputation from being ruined. He also lied to the citizens about Xamfear being an evil sea monster terrorizing the park and manipulated them to rise up against Xamfear. He was voiced by Rick May.
  • Mayor Marlin - A blue marlin and mayor of the ocean. He was voiced by Dennis Bateman.
  • Nick - A purple fish who owns a shop full of cool stuff. He was voiced by Mark Lund.
  • Officer Beverly - A yellow fish with red fins and wears a police hat. She guards the entrance to Coral Cove Park. She was voiced by Bobbi Kotula.
  • Rollo - A Clownfish who sounds gloomy and sells stuff. He was voiced by Ken Boynton.
  • Xamfear Duncan Dogberry Valentine - A giant pink sea monster with beige spots and fins who lives in Coral Cove Park. He was voiced by Jock Blaney.[29]

Books[edit]

Various Children's books about Freddi Fish have been published by Lyrick Publishing, including story books, colouring books and activity books.[30]

Title Date Writer Publisher Illustrator
Freddi Fish: Color and Activity Book[31] 2000 Guy Davis Lyrick Publishing Art Mawhinney
Freddi Fish the Big Froople Match[32] July 2000 Dave Grossman Lyrick Publishing R. Alvord
Freddi Fish: The Missing Letters Mystery[33] August 2000 Dave Grossman, N. S. Greenfield Lyrick Publishing Jay B. Johnson
Freddie Fish a Whale of a Tale![34] January 2001 Scott Nickel Lyrick Publishing Jay B. Johnson
Freddi Fish What's Different?[35] January 2001 Nancy Parent Lyrick Publishing Cary Rillo
Freddi Fish and the Pirate's Treasure[36] July 15, 2001 Guy Davis Lyrick Publishing Becky Winslow

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