Fish Tycoon Review


Fish Tycoon is not your typical tycoon game. You're not building a financial fish empire from scratch, managing inventory, or designing a store. Fish Breeder would have been a more appropriate title for this game, as your goal is to discover seven magical breeds of fish that once inhabited the mysterious island of Isola. This is a pretty unusual premise for a game and after spending some time with the game you'll know why.

Most of your time spent with the game will be time spent doing nothing. You start with a couple of fish tanks and some fish eggs, and you must wait for the eggs to hatch and the fish to reach maturity before you can do much else. This introduces you to your main interaction with the game which involves waiting for fish to slowly mature as you stare at your virtual aquarium in much the same way a cat would sit on a shelf and stare into a real one. It's apparent that the designers knew that this aspect of the game is what could at best be described as a snorefest because the game will continue to mature your fish between sessions with the game. If you're serious about getting into a fish breeding game, then you're going to have to be happy with playing it in small chunks and returning to it from time to time to check on your fish or doing your best impression of a cat watching a fish bowl.

There's a bit more to the game than watching grass, er, fish grow, but it won't take up much of your down time. You'll periodically need to drag some food into the tank with your stylus and apply drops of medicine when a fish gets sick. You'll also need to worry about financing your fish experiments and to do so you'll need to sell off some of your fish. This is done by dragging a fish from your main tank and dragging it into the sale tank, at which point a calculator will pop up and ask you to set the selling price. You can accept the game's suggested selling price or set it to a different price by using the game's counterintuitive confusing calculator. Once a fish is for sale you move to the store screen which manages to be even less exciting than watching your fish tank. You can't do anything from the store screen except scroll around and look at your sparsely stocked shop. A constant stream of poorly animated people walk past your door and occasionally one will enter your store at random. Once in your store the customers just mosey around at random until you eventually see that one decided to buy a fish.

Your earnings from fish sales have only one real purpose and that is to fund your trips to the supply store. The supply store has extra aquarium equipment which gives various bonuses to your fish such as better health or longer life. There are also various drugs and elixirs that can be used to cause mutations and force nature along a path that will lead to a magical fish. Or you can buy some exotic eggs and see what hatches in your tank. The price of things in the store will add to the long time it takes for you to get anywhere in the game as you'll see price tags over $1,000 while you're selling fish for $8 each. You'll eventually breed more exotic fish that will bring in higher prices, but you've really got to have a lot of patience to reach that point.

If all of this hasn't scared you off yet, then you must be a fish lover really fascinated with the concept behind this game. That's OK, you'll probably finding yourself liking it as long as you know what you're getting yourself into and you don't mind playing your games five minutes at a time and over the course of several months.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 50%. You've really got to be a diehard fish lover to enjoy this game otherwise it will bore you to tears.