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Fish (DOS)

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Description

Inter-Dimensional Espionage. Inter-Dimensional... because you can "warp" into the body of a living thing in this or any other dimension. Espionage... because there are good guys and bad. And you're a good one... with years under your belt and a multitude of successful missions behind your dark glasses. The payoff? You get a vacation, and the ultimate vacation in this business is to become a goldfish.

Yes, a goldfish. Hey, it's cushy. You swim a little, eat a little, live in a castle. (So what if it's plastic.) Just as you were getting into the vacation mode (umbrella drink and all), the tide turns. The most dangerous group of inter-dimensional anarchists surface - the Seven Deadly Fins. This septic septet will stop at nothing to destroy all forms of life as we know it. And wouldn't you know it, you are drafted to stop them!

Screenshots

Fish DOS This one goes to 11! (text mode)
Fish DOS The Fins are up to no good again... (text mode)
Fish DOS If in doubt, delegate (text mode)
Fish DOS The espionage starts upside down (EGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "Fish!: One Nibble and You're Hooked." -- UK tag-lined title
  • "Fish: An Extraordinary Tale in Illustrated Interactive Fiction" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Fish!" -- UK title

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DOS version the real thing? 13 vileyn0id_8088 (9547)
Feb 04, 2014

Trivia

Sales

Fish! didn't sell particularly well - not exactly due to the game's quality, but because of management troubles at Telecomsoft at that time (and it's label Rainbird on which Magnetic Scrolls published their games). Those troubles finally led to a sale of the publisher to Microprose UK. But during those final Telecomsoft months, no proper distribution was done according to Anita Sinclair, especially badly affecting Fish!, and Magnetic Scrolls suffered some losses as a result.

Technology

All Magnetic Scrolls games (pre-Wonderland) are actually made up of a 68K CPU emulator and 68k data file.

Their first game, The Pawn, was written for a Sinclair QL. Rather than re-write the game, they just wrote an interpreter (much like Infocoms famous Z-Machine) for each architecture (C64, Amiga, PC, Sinclair, etc).

Awards

  • Computer and Video Games
    • Issue 06/1989 - Winner Golden Joystick Award 1989 for Best 16-Bit Adventure Game (reader's vote)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1989 - Best Text Adventure in 1988

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Belboz (6553) added Fish (DOS) on Dec 06, 2000
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