About The Game
Set off to conquer the vast ocean with Evofish! Evolve from prey to predator in the immensity of the seas, and progress to the top of the food chain!
Survive against an increasingly dangerous host of enemies and evolve one of the four heroes by eating the weaker fish. Become the most fearsome predator in this hostile environment, and enjoy hours of gameplay as you work your way up to be the master of the ocean. In Party mode, compete against or collaborate with two to five players in three thrilling multiplayer modes!
Being a little fish in a big pond (or the sea) can be a dangerous thing.
Thanks to evolution that can sometimes become a thing of the past in real life sharks were once very small snacks for some beasts of the sea, a few million years later many rule the seas with very few threats (Other than man)
Evofish takes this concept and speeds it up a bit,
Unfortunately you never get to play as a small shark (even though it is a fish)
You'll start level one as a small fish in the sea and the battle for survival begins.
You either eat and evolve or be eaten.
If you can get the fish all the way to level 12 you’ll unlock a new fish to lay with (4 in total)
Each of the 4 fish have different stats that may vary your playing style slightly but really significantly so.
I personally like the 3rd fish the most because I seem to get my best scores with it and always make level 12.
For single players the offerings are normal mode eat a set number of smaller fish (they light up green) to evolve and advance to next level, don’t get bitten by the bigger fish (red) or you’ll lose some of your much needed health.
And Survival this plays in a similar fashion but this time when you eat the fish it doesn't fill up your evolution bar, they each give you more time added to your timer.
Run out of time and it’s game over get bitten by a bigger fish and rather than lose life they’ll take some of your time away.
The bigger the fish you eat the more time you'll get.
In both games you can earn shells by completing missions and spend them in the store on various power ups these are available to view on the game pad (or the pause screen if you're playing off tv)
Any power up of your choice can be added to both the ZL & ZR buttons (strongly recommended you add the health regeneration to one)
Staying away from fish bigger than you is always advisable.
For Multiplayer the game features party mode which while often seems over looked on miiverse can offer some fun game play options for local groups of players.
1 vs 4 – The 1 (game pad player) has to eat the smaller fish to extend his time and evolve the other players (up to 4) are tasked with stopping the fish wit the big ambition of evolution as each time they take a bite out of him he’ll lose more time.
If the gamepad player does evolve then all the other players’ fish will be vulnerable to attack and they themselves will need to evolve in order to become the hunters once more.
Last Fish Standing (my personal favourite of the multi player games) it’s every fish for itself as you battle it out for fish supremacy every time you take a hit from the red fish you’ll lose some time if you lose it all your out!
In King of the Swarm – The gamepad player is given control of all the red fish and is tasked with the elimination of the other players, all of whom are battling it out to eat as many of the green fish as they can.
The split screen multi player works as well.
I much prefer the game pad but if you've 4 Wii motes you can have some 5 player fun.
Fun for up to 5 players.
Could provide a genuine challenge to get all fish to level 12 on both normal & survival mode.
High score chasers have plenty of scope for improving scores.
Bright and colourful visuals.
The final evolution, but what's that big devil fish?
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
If you play alone with little likelihood of multi player you might find it repetitive fairly quickly.
It’s not a short burst game getting to level 12 and going for the big scores takes up a lot of time.
As much as I like reaching level 12 it still bugs me I can't go on further up the food chain!
The option to make a quick save at the end of a level might have been nice it can go for quite a long time my record on the infinite level 12 was just over an hour (on just that level) with a quick save feature that could delete as soon as you loaded it (to avoid high score cheating) so you could at least take a break would be nice.
The single player game while having 2 different modes is essentially almost the same game and won’t be varied enough for some players.
I still haven’t made it to level 12 with any of the 4 fish in survival mode (got to 11 a few times) so for me it does provide a tougher challenge even if it’s not quite a completely new one.
The same criticism by some will be laid against the fish types the stats admittedly don't massively change the game play or style though they certainly make some difference as the 3rd fish always gets me to level 12 the others rarely do.
Perhaps a few more fish with slightly more varied stats would have been nice as would some different backgrounds for latter levels.
These however are largely minor gripes if you're so determined to knock the game for those reasons you probably wouldn't have never liked it much in the first place.
It’s a shame it doesn’t have an online leader board or an additional miiverse community for high score posting / uploading high score tables integrated into miiverse would be an interesting thing and help many games though this isn’t something Moving player could just do without some will and desire from Nintendo.
A review copy of the game was purchased by Video Game Legacy and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.