Sunday, August 11, 2013

Fish Island SEA by NHN Part 2

Here's Part 2 of Fish Island. In Part 1, the game play and general view were covered, and let's move on to the other game play elements, namely gold / 'dollar' and equipment.

Earning gold coins in Fish Island is important, because the essentials like fish line and baits must be bought with gold coins and 'dollars'. While the Fish Island game started off by giving players the basic bait and basic fishing line, these cannot be used for the higher level fishes, i.e. the fishes players caught will need better baits. The fishes are also harder to catch, i.e. higher chance of losing 'hearts' and thus the better fishing lines will be needed.

Fish Island Rod & Float
Other than the baits & lines, the other essential equipment are the rods & floats. Rods and floats might be obtained thru random 'box' & 'bags' that can be caught while fishing. Of course, players can also buy them in the shop. That again requires gold coins and 'dollars'. 

One way to earn coins is thru aquariums. Once the players transfer the fishes caught (in the keepnet) to the aquariums, the fishes will starts to earn coins for the players. Another way to earn coins (and sometimes 'dollars') is by visiting your fellow players under the Friends tab. Each visit will earn a player 500 coins (or sometimes 1 'dollar') each day. Players can easily add other players under the recommended list, or search for your real friends via their names / player codes.

Fish Island Friends List
Of course, friends can also give other friends gifts (limited number each day). These gifts include 'coupons' that can be used in Lucky Draws, i.e. gacha like games, and random drops could be obtained this way. Without coupons, the coins would be used instead. See the importance of coins?

Fish Island Lucky Draw
After a while, fishing can be boring. So NHN included tournaments and events into Fish Island, where rewards will be given for X number / largest / quantity of particular fish caught. The tournament cost a nominal sum to enter, and the events are free. The events are announced when players first start the game.

Other features that made the game interesting include the 'Premium Fishing Spots', e.g. Australia, Vietname, where rarer fishes can be caught. Entrance into these premium spots cost something, and there are time limits for the entry. Thus before the players go to such spots, it is better to plan ahead in order to maximise the returns, e.g. get better fishing lines and better baits.

Fish Island Vietnam
That sot of cover a large part of the game. there are of course many other features, including the Fishypedia, Achievements, Rankings etc. Feel free to explore them!

One last note - do you know that by tapping the game character twice at the fishing scene (i.e. before you hit the bottom right button), the character will turn around and do a simple dance? Heh try it!

Overall Fish Island is an interesting game, and the features (including events and such) extended the game play significantly. The only drawback is the slow leveling and that means a lot of grinding is needed for Fish Island. 

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fish Island SEA by NHN Part 1

Fish Island is now available (from 18 July) in both the iOS app store as well as Google Play Store! This was one of the more popular Korean games, and now it it is brought to South East Asia by NHN Singapore.

Fish Island is a mix of RPG and 'whack a mole' concept, where the character progress in level (to open up new fishing area) by 'whacking' i.e. fishing fishes. Players can choose either a male or female character, and there will be accessories (e.g clothings with bonus stats) to decorate the characters.  

Fish Island start screen
There are many locations (Sparkling Shore, Ragged Rock Island) to fish from, but each location has a level restriction, i.e. the characters need to be of certain minimal level to unlock the place. Of course, each new location will have many new exciting fishes to whack that pose increasing challenges for the players.

Fish Island locations map
Gameplay is easy. Press the round button at the bottom right of the screen and a 'waving' bar will appear. Hit the button a second time to cast the line. If the player time it correctly, the bar will end up in the green area, that confers a bonus chance to grab bigger fishes.

To get the fishes, press the button again when the fish icon floats above one of the lighted / white circles. It is considered a hit if the fish is about 70% or more within the lighted / white circles. The fishes have hit points (similar to enemies in a RPG game) and every time there is a correct hit, the fishes' hitpoints will drop. The amount of hitpoints drop is dependent on the gear of the characters. Better gears confer a better attack stats, and higher chance of a critical hit, where more damages are done. Once the fishes hitpoints drop to zero, i.e. the green bar at the top of the screen depletes, the fishes will be caught.

The challenges increase with higher level fishes, who can move faster, or pause at certain point, or do a quick U-turn. U-turn by the fishes can be detected with an exclamation mark, i.e. once a "!" appears above the fish, it will move by a further circle before it u-turn.

Fishes are classified by a few stats. Stars denote how 'rare' are the fishes, and the alphabet (i.e. A, B, C) indicates the size of the fishes. Big fishes can have "S" or "SS" which are better than the ABC. Bigger fishes give better rewards, i.e. more gold generated when player put the fishes in their aquariums. More about Gold and Aquariums later in Part 2.

Fish Island - Smallscale Blackfish
Each successful fishing attempt will confer experience points to the characters, and the rarer fishes will give more experience. Once the characters level up in Fish Island, the characters can move on to other spots. ! interesting feature of Fish Island is that it highlights the 'best' fisherman for each particular fish, i.e. the player who managed to grab the biggest fish for each fish type. The player's name will be displayed along with the fishes. If the player is the best fishermen for the 'king' of each area, other players will be constantly reminded about it when players switch between locations to fish (pic - see the player name below the black Killer Whale)!

More about Fish Island in Part 2 (coming up)!

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