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El-Fish (DOS)

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Written by  :  Andrew Grasmeder (205)
Written on  :  Jul 27, 2000
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Pretty fish, boring, but pretty fish

The Good

This game truly was a graphical marvel in it's day, and it still looks pretty incredible. The fish really do perform very life like, and swim realistically. It's fun to create aquariums with diving men and bubbling treasure chests. The math and programming that make this program work is pretty amazing. It is a really neat idea.

The Bad

There is not much to do here. It really isn't a game. It's not a design flaw, if you accept the program for what it is, a fish simulater, you will enjoy it much more. Another problem is some of the tools that they give you to import your own graphics, have many limitations and are clumsy to use. The last problem is that if you have a old machine (486) it take a bit to render a fish. If you don't have a math co-processor it will take a few hours.

The Bottom Line

Picture a truly beautiful fish tank simulator, that you can mate, mutate and catch fish for. You can decorate the tank, feed the fish, and develop background music. It's like a really nice screensaver, except you can't use it as one.