Too Similar to Fishdom3
I didn't even finish the one hour before I decided at least not at the moment to buy it. The hidden objects are nice and clear. The music bright and cheerful. The fish are chatty and do say different things to the Fishdom fish.
However I was disappointed with the decorations and the seaweeds. Some are exactly the same as in Fishdom. Not even drawn differently. . That is what has put me off buying.
However finding shells to buy special items is a nice touch and if you find three on the level it doubles up to six. There is also gold rushes where you have to find gold objects which I think was in Fishdom Odyssey and scuba diving where you have to find objects very quickly.
I played this game in the timed mode to give me a little bit of a challenge. I may buy this when I get another free credit and need a relaxing game. A nice game however for those who don't already have Fishdom3. As always try it and see.
May 13, 2013
Over-Rated? Yes, But That Doesn't Mean I Didn't Like It!
As soon as I saw the title, I knew this would be a game similar to Gardenscapes, and that?s what I got. I was pleased at the lightheartedness and simplicity of the game, but it began to bore me after a while.
One of the main reasons this game bored me was there was nothing to do except play HOS and buy stuff. I know that?s the point of Gardenscapes, but Gardenscapes upgraded the garden and you felt like this had a purpose. Here, it was a bit boring. You do get to name the fish you buy, but that?s about as fun as the aquarium got for me. In my opinion, basing the game around an aquarium was a bad idea. The fish provide a bit of funny dialogue to begin with, but you have to click on them to produce it. Buying fish and completing HOS gives you EXP, which goes towards the next level, which allows you to unlock new fish, items, etc.
The gameplay involves everything you would need to take care of an aquarium: Feeding, cleaning, upgrading, buying fish, etc. But as stated, it does get a little boring.
The HOS themselves are actually ok, a little on the easy side, but I enjoyed them. There are 3 shells to collect in each scene, as well as 12 objects to find. Some scenes were a little more challenging than others, which I appreciated. Each item you find gives you money, and at the end of each HOS, the money is totaled up as well as a level bonus and ?No Hint? bonus, which you get for not using a hint.
The graphics are very modern, and the artwork and designs are extremely well done. While original games from PlayRix saw poor graphics, the last couple have been impressive.
- As with previous PlayRix games, there are a lot of achievements, some of which have different levels.
- 2 modes of difficulty: Timer & No timer
- Rechargeable hint which is a first for this developer, and I really enjoyed.
While not the best from PlayRix, HOS lovers will love this one. There are so many HOS to play and the game is endless. Although be warned- the lack of stuff to do bored me VERY quickly, and the same may happen to you. I will recommend the trial, but I won?t be purchasing.
May 17, 2013
A build game must be beautiful
There are plenty of games where you build something by buying elements which you pay for by playing games.
Now, while Match 3 games are very soothing, hidden objects tend to be anoying. Also what you build up in the aquariums is not beautiful as you accumulate artifacts that tend to be tacky so that it ends up looking like junk. Nothing that you want to look. The talking fish are cute and fun... in the first aquarium. By the time you reach the second or third, the same dialogue gets repeated over and over, the novelty goes away, and you have to move from the junk pile of the hidden object scene to the junk pile that the aquarium has becomen.
There are better "build" games out there.
October 11, 2013