Are you ready to go cannibalistic on smaller versions of your own species? Then you may have landed in the right place. DK Games delivers a fun little spin on the fish eating game with the cutesy named Fishie Fishie for Nintendo WiiWare. The title focuses on your fish’s never-ending hunger due to a hole in his stomach that has you gobbling up other seal-life through several different modes of play including Story, Survival Mode, Skill Run, and more. You can either go it alone or swim around in multiplayer.
Fishie Fishie may initially seem like just another Fish eating game, but it has a genuine uniqueness to it thanks to utilizing only one button. By pressing either the A or Z button, you’re immediately in the game and controlling things. Your little hungry fishie is content to just swim around in circles with you pressing the A button. The speed your fishie swims is dictated by the rate you press the button. The simple goal while swimming is to gobble up all the little fishies possible to appease that unquenchable hunger thanks to the hole in your fishie’s tummy.
The Skill Run Mode is very simple and offers the closest thing to “twitch-gameplay” in Fishie Fishie. The goal is to eat ten fish in a row during the designated time limit. Each fish in the string of ten gives you five seconds to reach it. Once you’ve gobbled up the fishie that had the timer on it, another one will get a timer somewhere on the play field and then it’s the same deal after that until you’ve swallowed up ten fishies. You can get a little help from two-second booster that pops up on the play field. This mode is fun for quick action, with higher difficulties offering very challenging play thanks to faster fish and fewer bonuses.
If you’re looking for some four player fun, Survival is where it’s at. Luckily you have the ability to sub-in computer opponents if you can’t get some warm bodies to join you. Basically it’s all about who gets the most fish in each round, which takes place in randomly chosen levels from Story Mode. As each round ends, the player with the lowest total is eliminated until one fishie stands supreme.
Graphically, Fishie Fishie is bright and colorful with a nice variety of backgrounds and levels to keep things fresh. And fresh is always important when you’re dealing with fish. (That’s my bad joke for this review). The audio is nice with upbeat tunes and cute voice work thrown in when your fishie goes belly up. The little sounds eeked out by the fish you munch on may be a little weird, but it all works.
If you’ve ever played Feeding Frenzy on the Xbox 360 and wondered if it would be better with just one button, then first – you are freaking psychic! Second, this is totally your game. Things in DK Games’ Fishie Fishie are way more fun with three friends competing against one another for fish hors d'oeuvres. The simple control scheme means anyone can jump in and have fun right away. A neat twist on things too is that if you only have two Wiimotes and four friends, you can plug in your nun-chucks and get four players in that way. With a low entry price of 500 Wii Points, this one is baited to hook a lot of gamers. Nothing about this game smells fishy; so if you have some points to spare, check it out.