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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