Tiny Fish

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Kids navigate fish around obstacles in fun arcade game.

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Educational Value

Tiny Fish wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The game largely consists of leaning the phone or tablet from side to side, being careful to avoid obstacles. It's easy to master, and early levels are very easy, but later levels are challenging. 

Violence & Scariness

The fish can be stung by sea urchins or other fish, but it simply disappears from the screen when it dies. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tiny Fish is an arcade game where players navigate a small fish through various hazards. While the game certainly has enemies (like sea urchins and a hunter fish), there's no violence and no other objectionable content. Players can, however, share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

Players navigate a fish around sea urchins and other obstacles to complete the tasks on each level. These can range from staying alive for a set period of time to swimming through (and hovering over) checkpoints to eating a certain amount of food. To move the fish, players simply tilt their device left, right, up or down -- and aim for food or checkpoints, while swimming around obstacles. An arcade mode challenges players to stay alive as long as possible.

Is it any good?

Tiny Fish doesn't have a lot of tricks up its sleeve, but it's very good at what it does have. The game ramps up difficulty at an ideal level -- and sticks to a small group of challenges, so it's more about improving skills than learning new ones on the fly. 

The level-based game is fun, but the arcade mode (challenging players to stay alive as long as possible) is the real test of skill -- and the more fun option for adults. Kids, though, will love the easy controls and gentle difficulty curve. 

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For kids who love arcade games

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