Halfbrick Studios, the same developers that brought you Jetpack Joyride and Fruit Ninja, released another game this week called Fish Out of Water. The game takes the simple lake-side pastime of skipping rocks and applies that to the side-scrolling formula. What you get is something that’s much more addicting that it has any right to be.
The addictive nature of the game is similar to skipping rocks in real life; you always want more, longer skips. You keep trying and trying, looking for that perfect rock, altering your throw and technique. Fish Out of Water is much more complex, but that core idea is there. Fling your fish from left to right, skipping them as many times as you can, and get your score.
Each fish at your disposal—six in all—has its own personality; some fly farther while others bounce higher. To get a score averaged out by five crabs, you’ll need to throw your fish far with lots of skips. Easy enough. But it’s actually tough to master, and sucks you in no matter if you’re getting 1.6 out of 10 or 7.0 and above. The game is simple, just like Halfbrick’s previous efforts, but there are layers of depth. You soon discover your own way to play and find out quirks to look out for, learn as you go.
A nice little touch Halfbrick added is the ever-changing weather, which is different every hour you play. The sea could be calm today, but tomorrow it could be choppy and nearly impossible to play through. Not so impossible that you don’t want to try, though. Luckily, the game allows players to level up and unlock bonus powers as objectives are completed, so you’re always getting that little bit farther each time.
The game itself is a much more complex game compared to Jetpack Joyride or Fruit Ninja, and it’s certainly not like simply skipping rocks down by the lake. But that’s doesn’t make it any less engrossing as a whole, something you try and try just to beat your last score. You can even compete with friends through a daily league score. The game is available now for $0.99 on iOS.