I Am Fish

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a game by Bossa Studios
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 7.7/10 - 43 votes
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See also: Action Adventure Games, Simulator Games, Ragdoll Physics Games, 3D Platformer Games
I Am Fish
I Am Fish
I Am Fish

I have had a lot of fun playing around with I Am Fish which as I write this is not quite finished yet, but there is a demo out there for you guys. I would say that puzzle platformer is the best way to describe this game. It is one of those games where at first glance, it looks like it is made for kids, but this is one heck of a challenging game. I think that it is a lot of fun and that is why we are taking a closer look at what it has to offer today.

Fish Are Friends

This game is pretty damn adorable let me start by saying that. The plot of I Am Fish is that there are four fish who are best friends and are living their best fish life. There is Goldfish, Pufferfish, Piranha, and Flying Fish. They are all getting along great until they are separated and now each fish is trying to find their way back to their friends. This is a very cute and charming story that I think is great if you have kids that love to watch you play video games.

Nothing Fishy Here

I will say that the controls of the game do take a bit of getting used to and that is why I do not think that I Am Fish is a game that is ideal for really young kids. There is a learning curve here and I could easily see that leading to a bit of frustration for some children. This is a physics-based kind of game and getting to grip with this is the key to moving your fish from area to area, but each fish has their own set of abilities.

Super Fish!

The selection of fish in I Am Fish is awesome. Goldfish is the most basic, he is in a fishbowl/jar thing and he can roll around the world to get to where he needs to, I found this part of the game to have a bit of Super Monkey Ball about it. The Pufferfish can puff up and when he is puffed up, he can bounce around out of water, but the trick is jumping out of water, puffing up, and then landing in more water.

The Piranha has the most puzzle based of all the gameplay in my opinion as he can use his strong jaws to break stuff. A great example of this is when you are in the sink and the water is very shallow, you jump up, bite the tap and the water starts to fill the sink and you can then move on. It is pretty clever stuff and probably my favorite aspect of the game. The Flying Fish is kind of like the Pufferfish, except when you leap out of the water you can go much further. I found this quite tricky to get the hang of and I would regularly miss where I was trying to land.

Can I Watch You Play?

I said before that I Am Fish is the kind of game that kids will probably like to watch their parents play. It has an adorable art style and each fish has a ton of personality. The whole game world is nice and bright and there is some fantastic animation here as the fish do their thing to try and get through each level.

9

I had an absolute blast with I Am Fish. This is actually the follow up to I Am Bread and if you have played that game, you can tell this is made by the same people. The demo lets you play the Goldfish level and it is well worth checking out. For me, this is one of the surprise hits of the year so far and I hope that it finds an audience and does really well.

Pros:

  • I love how each fish is unique
  • Playing as the piranha lead to some fun puzzles
  • I love how bright and colorful the game is
  • It would be a fun game to play with a younger gamer

Cons:

  • It can be a tad frustrating in some places
  • I struggled to nail the landing with the flying fish quite a few times

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Every now and then comes a game with a concept so bizarre that it simply has to be played. I Am Fish, without a doubt, one of those games. Players will be taking control of a rogue fish circumventing its aquatic environment to explore the wider land-based world. It's not just a simple indie offering either. There are some top-tier visuals and physics behind the gameplay.

If there's anything we know about this game, given its developer's history is that it will be quite a ride. Probably a fusion of ridiculous, frustrating, hilarious, and addictive. All of these elements are wrapped up in a fishy theme, where you'll flop around this 3D platform, taking on all the obstacles a fish would never, ever face. Are you intrigued yet? I am too, or 'I Am Fish.'

It's a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Leave Your Bowl

Believe it or not, I Am Fish has a pretty strong narrative. It's hard to develop a compelling tale with a theme so bizarre as this one. However, we'll give the designers credit for making it work. You'll play as four different Fish that have escaped from a small town pet shop. As they get scattered, your objective is to reunite and enjoy your newfound freedom together.

So what challenges await in this platformer? Plenty. And they are far from straightforward. The game's beautiful and scenic visuals mask the fact that controls are intentionally tricky to make movement by itself a challenge, let alone - getting around each level's obstacles. And you know what's worse? It's physics-based - so anything can happen.

Navigating around town involves flopping, rolling, swimming - basically exploiting every avenue you have without meeting some dire fate. As frustrating as the gameplay gets, it's oddly satisfying when you manage to accomplish your tasks. Let's not forget that the difficulty is intentional - it's almost sadistic how tough I Am Fish gets.

Regardless, I Am Fish is a charming game that you can't stay mad at for too long. The general design of the game is actually quite commendable. Even though you want to throw your monitor out the window half the time. It's a lovely story paired with gorgeous visuals. Just be warned, if you've got a short fuse, you may find yourself hating on the game pretty quickly.

You've Got Other Fish to Fry.

I think an accurate description of I Am Fish would be a poetic fusion of the difficulty of Dark Souls and the controls of Surgeon Simulator. The gameplay is an emotional rollercoaster, from the downright annoying to the eureka moments. Not to mention, there are some moments of narrative that tug at the heartstrings as well.

7

So should you play I Am Fish? It's a loaded question. Perhaps if you have a tad of patience with games like Dark Souls, you'll just about manage here. However, if you have a temper when gaming, steer clear. There isn't much for you to enjoy here - it will only lead to hatred and damnation!

Pros:

  • Beautiful, convincing visuals supplementing gameplay
  • Good story considering the strange concept
  • Design intended to be frustrating but addictive

Cons:

  • The controls are difficult
  • Players may lose interest in the frustrating physics
  • Definitely not for ill-tempered players

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