Although I’m a landlubber, I’m aware that any type of toxic spill in the ocean is catastrophic for sea life and the environment as a whole. So what will a single fish do if we don’t clean up a toxic spill that plagues the ocean in EcoFish? The lil’ fish will clean it up of course!
Representing the same game mechanics as Qix, EcoFish has you take control of a little fish and maneuver him bit by bit through the entire screen in order to “clean up” a portion of the ocean. You’ll need to repeat swimming though the middle of the screen, cleaning up the ocean while avoiding the dangers of other sea critters that want nothing more than to eat you. In fact if they even swim into your path (which is shown by a dotted line) you will lose a life!
Creating a swim path becomes more challenging the further you progress with the amount of enemies and hazards in each level. Unfortunately the biggest obstacles to overcome are the iffy controls. This all stems from one small issue that makes swimming in a straight line an almost impossible task. Most of my attempted straight lines zig-zaged. Depending on the timing, that unwanted zigzag may kill you. A little frustrating.
While the controls for EcoFish can be frustrating, it has a lot more positives making it a good game that’s worth your time. The levels are fully fleshed and introduce interesting new enemies and obstacles obstacles (I.E. ice and lava) that require new tactics.
If the lengthy Campaign Mode isn’t enough for you, EcoFish pushes the re-playability factor by including unlockables that allow you to personalize your own adorable fish with a monocle or other amusing and cute choices. Then there’s two other un-lockable modes. Attempting Time Trial Mode requires you to clean up the ocean within a time limit. Or perhaps you might like the little extra spin on collecting coins in Treasure Hunt Mode. The addition of these two modes (especially Treasure Hunt) along with the vast fish customization greatly enhances EcoFish’s experience.
The Bottom Line: 7.5
EcoFish is a cute challenging and addicting game that would be great if not for the iffy controls.