Fishtropolis in Review – Throw it back and reel in another one.

Fishtropolis is a word game. You log in to the game (you can have five game slots in total, so if others in your household want to play, they can have their own account) and you’re then presented with a grid of letters, above which is a fish tank. The tank contains the fish corresponding to the particular level you’re on. They swim around as you match words – and that’s about it.

Finding the first couple of words is easy – each level is named after a fish, and the letters used to name the fish are the ones in your grid. For example, the first fish is a white carp. Straight off, you have the words ‘white’ and ‘carp.’ You must then work your way through finding more and more words with a minimum of four letters. Once you’ve earned enough points for a star, the next level is unlocked. This continues for fifteen fish. I admit, I didn’t get that far. I got bored after four.

Naturally, the game is easier when you’re early on in the game, so you’ll be banging out words, left right and centre. Each one is defined for you too – so if you’ve typed in something just because you think it might be a word – you’ll learn what it actually means, too! If you get stuck, though, you can use hints to help you along. Granted, the hints are pretty rubbish, so don’t get your hopes up. If you’re determined to finish the game, you’ll be needing oodles of patience and a decent dictionary.

I’m sorry to say there isn’t much more I can report on this game. You create words, and once you’ve got enough, you’ll unlock the next level. There’s nothing exciting about finding in excess of 2,500 words in Fishtropolis. You’re not racing against the clock, you can’t compete against anyone else – unless they’re logged in as another user on your device – which obviously means you’ll have to play at different times, and the whole experience is just dull. It might pass a few minutes while you’re waiting for an appointment or a bus, but you won’t want to clear time out of your busy schedule to play it.

It just feels like no real enthusiasm has gone into the development of this title. Nothing exciting happens when you unlock new words and levels – no fan fare, no change of scenery, nothing. It’s just… bland. The graphics are disappointing, too, so there’s no saving grace here at all. Now I’m a wordsmith, and I usually enjoy word games – but Fishtropolis just does not do it for me at all. Save your hard-earned cash.


App Summary
Title: Fishtropolis Developer: NimbleBit
Reviewed Ver: 1.4.1 Min OS Req: 2.2.1
Price: $1.99 App Size: 1.4.1 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)
  • Easy to pick up and play
  • Passes the time
  • Dull graphics and sound
  • Uninspiring gameplay
  • No compulsion to keep playing
  • No comparison/competition via Facebook/Twitter/similar


This review of  Fishtropolis was brought to you by TouchMyApps Contributor Lucy Felthouse. You can find her on Twitter here

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