Fishdom: Deep Dive Review

Fishdom: Deep Dive Review

Mar 10, 2016

Fishdom: Deep Dive (from Playrix Games) is a bit deceptive.

Right from the get-go.

It comes out the gate masquerading as a cute little aquarium sim. The graphics underscore this, with gorgeous animations and friendly-faced, self-aware sea animals. It looks great, sounds well and almost works in and of itself for folks who are solely into virtual environments.fish3

But Fishdom has a trick up it’s sleeve, and it’s a gimmick that should appeal to folks who may not be satisfied with barebones aquariums: one can garner game coin to acquire more fish and better equipment, but it takes the conquering of the games match-3 gameplay to make one’s personal sea world rock.

It’s about bragging rights, and matching prowess is the in-game currency.

Now we’re talking…

The looks on the main play side are just as glossy as the pet maintenance side, with several pieces laid out on a grid, just as one would expect. The pieces themselves reflect an aquatic environment, showing up as pearls, shells, starfish and the like. Thee core idea is to dissolve pieces by creating sets of three or more, and this is accomplished by swapping adjacent pieces. Matches can be bade up and down, but not diagonally, and once made and dissolved, they are replaced by random pieces that drop from the top of the grid, in a fairly “logical” manner.

The game is leveled, and one is expected to finish the tasks required within a set number of moves; the key is that the tasks start to get more complex, including things like dissolving materials, or picking up embedded gold, working around columns, or dealing with chained pieces and more. There are achievements to be garnered too.

In the end, success yields gold coins. Which brings us back to the aquarium. As noted earlier, one can use these gains to make the sea house spiffier. Real money can be used, but is not mandatorily needed.

It all come together nicely, actually; a game with two interconnected facets.

Yes, Fishdom is sneaky. Delightfully so.

Fishdom: Deep Dive Review Rundown

8
Graphics/Sound - Enjoyably crafted, expansive looks and sounds.
8
Controls - Gestures to control matching.
9
Gameplay - Match-3 aquarium sim combo.
8.5
Replay Value - Highly addictive
8.5
Overall - A multifaceted game that brings several elements to bear.

Download: App available at the Google Play Store »

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  • Gibson

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    underwater world of match-3 fun!

    Engage in challenging and fun match-3 gameplay with unique twists as you
    decorate tanks to create cozy homes for your lovely fish. Feed them,
    play with them, and watch them interact with each other. Hey, your
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    Features:
    * Unique gameplay: swap and match, design and decorate, play with and
    take care of fish—all in one place!
    * Hundreds of challenging and fun match-3 levels
    * Explore an exciting aquatic world with amusing 3D fish, each of which
    has its own personality, that you’ll be excited to meet!
    * Fish tanks you can liven up with breath-taking underwater decor
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    Please note! Fishdom is free to play, though some in-game items can also
    be purchased for real money. If you don’t want to use this option,
    simply turn it off in your device’s Restrictions menu.

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