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Fish Out of Water!
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fish Out of Water! is an arcade game that brings stone-skipping to mobile devices in charming fashion. Players fling fish above the surface to get them as far from the ocean shore as they can, earning points. There's no language or violence to worry about, but parents should be aware of in-app purchase opportunities. There's a multiplayer option requiring users to log in through Facebook or Google, but kids can't talk or communicate with strangers.
What's it about?
Players will attempt to \"fling\" fish (and whales and dolphins) as far as possible to beat challenges and earn high scores from a panel of crab judges, who judge you after three tries. Those scores can be posted for bragging rights. Flinging is just a matter of swiping your finger. The trick is figuring out which fish or mammal to fling at the right time to fulfill the challenge. Weather conditions, which change in real time, can affect how far your fish go (cloudy days, for instance, bring out bouncy jellyfish).
Is it any good?
Created by the same team that developed Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, FISH OUT OF WATER! is a delightfully charming arcade game that is utterly addictive. With a very basic gameplay mechanism, it's a great example of something that's easy to learn but difficult to master.
What makes it even more impressive is the way social media has been worked in, letting players set up leagues among their friends or join random ones to compete against others. Also notable is the dynamic environment, which changes with the weather every hour or two. Both take a game that would have been very good on its own and make it great.