Fish Tycoon Review

Developer: LDW Software Publisher: LDW Software
Release Date: April 27, 2004 Also On: None

The last week or so I’ve been pretty busy tending to my plants and feeding my fish. Plant Tycoon and Fish Tycoon are LDW Software’s newest releases, and I found one to be infinitely enjoyable. I fell in love with Plant Tycoon the second I started playing, but I just didn’t get the feeling with Fish Tycoon and couldn’t get into it. I’m not saying it isn’t a good game, it just doesn’t measure up to the near perfection that I found Plant Tycoon to be.

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The object of the game is to make money raising and selling your fish and to raise the 7 magic fish of Isola, which, conveniently give you special abilities. The gameplay feels similar to Plant Tycoon yet very different at the same time. You start the game with a batch of eggs and a little money to spend on upgrades to your tank or extra eggs. The game starts you off tank 1, basically your home screen, so you’ll spend most of your time here. From the home screen you can view your fish’s health, move your fish to the sell tank or jump to the supply shop.

The supply shop sells everything from fish food, new tanks, and medicine for your sick fish. One of the main problems with the game was that I found the medicine was hard to use. I would put it on my fish and nearly every time, it wouldn’t work. I had to restart my game several times because I wasted all of my money on medicine that didn’t increase the health of my fish.

After fish are raised they can be sold in the sell tank. The game gives you a ‘best guess’ of what the fish will sell for, but this can be raised or lowered depending on how your fish are selling. You can also buy upgrades to your tank to attract more visitors to your aquarium so the fish sell faster and at a higher price.

The graphics in the game are almost as good as Plant Tycoon. There are literally hundreds of combinations of fish that can be bred and created. The tank backgrounds are also very nice (there is a nice screensaver mode included) and it’s kind of fun to see your fish swim around in them. And while there aren’t many sounds in the game, they don’t take anything away from the game experience.

While I didn’t come close to loving this game, I did find some parts of it enjoyable. If you enjoyed Plant Tycoon and were left craving more, try Fish Tycoon. If you’re into micro-management sim-type games then surely at least give the demo a chance, otherwise, just play Plant Tycoon.

Graphics: 8.5
Sound: 4.5
Gameplay: 7
Creativity: 9
Replay Value/Game Length: 7
Final: 7.2
Written by Chris Review Guide

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