Review I Hate Fish
Great arcade style shoot-em-up, diving fish game
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 06 May 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Funny combination of genres, good upgrades and replay value
I Hate Fish for Android is an interesting game that feels like a cross between the old arcade classic helicopter game and a top down shoot-em-up arcade game. In the game you are an underwater ship thing with a chicken-like face who dives under rocks and other sea structures. But you also shoot fish and collect coins. Every once in a while you also have to go up to get air (which is strange because you are in a little submarine/ship vehicle). You control the submarine vehicle with a button that controls your upward and downward descent: release and you go down, tap to go up). Then you also can control your acceleration with another button being tapped. The controls are simple, but since there is no way to go down sharply, you have to plan for sudden drops in descent or incoming fishes; which at times, come on quite suddenly. There are also plenty of upgrades within the game that you spend your collected coin on, and plenty of replay value as well; given the wide variety of challenges you can complete within each level like collecting all of the coins, or killing a certain number of fish.
The graphics in the game are simple but good. The detail is great in the ocean and the oceanic structures. It’s also cool because in certain areas there are ocean currents designated by arrows, which give you a fun boost throughout the water. Fish don’t look amazing, and neither do their dying animations, and for the most part everything seems a little plain, but the graphics have a nice simple polish and ease about them is satisfying. They aren’t flashy, and the main character in tutorials is funny and disgusting looking (with a huge bulge on his neck with a vein).
I Hate Fish is a fun game that feels like a mixture between genres. It has a lot of strategy and replay value, cool upgrades, and a fair payment model that never really feels aggressive during gameplay.