Fishdom Spooky Splash more splashy than spooky

Spoiler alert! Fishdom Spooky Splash promotes itself as a matching objects game for Halloween. You could call it that in the same way you could call Rudolph a Halloween reindeer if you stuck a pumpkin on his nose. If you like match three games, this is as good as any, although it’s fairly pricey. Three stars.

I originally intended to limit Halloween reviews to the zombie games I’ll cover next week, but then I stumbled across a Playrix game promoting itself as a Halloween game. The name, Fishdom Spooky Splash, sounded suspiciously like a game I already own called Fishdom.

It looked like I could download the Halloween shell for free as a front end to the Fishdom game I already owned. Surprisingly, the full version (which was offered at 30 percent off for $5) is an entirely new game that’s exactly like Fishdom.1 Except that some of the tiles and fish tank decorations are Halloween decorations.

Fishdom Spooky Splash has one spooky fish—a skeleton. He’s kind of cute, but he’s more icky than spooky if you ask me.

Fishdom Spooky Splash even has a Halloween fish. He’s a skeleton. He’s also the only Halloween fish, which is something of a disappointment, because a fish skeleton doesn’t really say Halloween to me so much as it says, “Take out the garbage.” They could have had a pumpkin fish, or a fish with those dangling antenna eyeballs (only the eyeballs could be pumpkins), or a translucent Caspar-like ghost fish, or a bat fish. But, no, just one skeleton fish and a tank full of ordinary fish.

If you played match-three games you know that game play doesn’t vary much from one to the next. Some make you match four or five tiles, some require them to be in a line and others simply to be touching. As you climb through the puzzles, tiles become double, triple and even quadruple locked. Pieces that you need to collect become more difficult to match. And, as with most of the genre, you only have a little time to finish.

Fishdom Spooky Splash differs from others in the reward system. As you play through the levels you earn money to buy fish and upgrade different fish tanks. Differs from other games, that is, except Fishdom. The puzzles seem identical as does the reward system. The only difference is that items don’t remind you of Halloween.

The object of Fishdom Spooky Splash is to upgrade your tank and fill it with exotic fish. The decorations and maintenance devices reflect Halloween themes and motifs.

It makes me wonder if we won’t see Fishdom North Pole edition before Christmas. Or Fishdom Turkey Shoot in a couple of weeks.

Once you pimp out your tank you get to start again with more difficult puzzles to buy better fish and gear. When your tank earns a gold medal you can buy a new one and start over again (assuming you still have the energy to play).

The only other homage to Halloween is the tile faces. Most of them are fish related, but a few sport Jack o’ Lanterns and witch’s hats. Just enough to remind you it’s Halloween.

The only difference between the puzzles in Fishdowm and Fishdom Spooky Splash is the Halloween decorations on the tile.

If you like holiday themed games, don’t already own Fishdom and like to match tiles as well, then Fishdom Spooky Splash is a pretty good deal. Provided that you don’t mind coughing up five to eight dollars. But if you already own Fishdom, and you aren’t dying for Halloween decorations, you might as well play that instead.

Jenny Manytoes rates Fishdom Spooky Splash

Jenny Manytoes would take a nap next to Fishdom Spooky Splash. Quite frankly, if it were cheaper I’d rate it as a purr. I don’t regret downloading it, and I will probably play it. But Playrix makes better match-three games for the same price, including the original Fishdom, and there are a lot of cheaper games that are just as good.I

1I fully expected to click the purchase button and get one of those dialogues that said, “you already purchased this app.” Sadly, I got charged.back

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat

  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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