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I Am Fish Review – IGN

I Am Fish is definitely the weirdest sport I’ve performed this 12 months and seems to have been made by insane folks. In different phrases, I actually loved it. It’s an deliberately irritating physics-based mostly platformer and a literal fish-out-of-water story that challenges you to beat ridiculous obstacles. Escaping captivity shouldn’t be at all times as truthful or forgiving as I’d hoped and generally may be downright infuriating, however overcoming its preposterous challenges is steadily a factor of magnificence. As a glutton for punishment, I discovered I Am Fish to be a difficult, entertaining journey that had me laughing, cursing at seagulls, and infrequently sobbing uncontrollably on the carpet as I needed to restart a piece but once more.

This is a weird, over-the-high story of a quartet of fish who eat sentient bread (which you may bear in mind from I Am Bread) which awakens human-like sentience and intelligence in them. Naturally, they use this to wreak havoc on their human overlords and completely destroy whole cities, like a nihilistic retelling of Finding Nemo. It’s actually one of many weirdest premises I’ve ever beheld and it saved me laughing and shaking my head in disbelief the entire means via – round 10 hours.

Perhaps weirdest of all is how I Am Fish develops and expands upon the tales from I Am Bread and Surgeon Simulator, giving plenty of backstory and exposition to these video games in what seems to be an extremely in poor health-suggested try to ascertain the BGU (Bread Gaming Universe, clearly). And actually, I’m right here for it. The utterly absurd try to create a cohesive sequence out of a tongue-in-cheek bread sport solely provides to the charming stupidity that referred to as to me within the first place.

You ought to count on to die so much.

Like I Am Bread earlier than it, the principle impediment you face in I Am Fish is that your playable characters are simply actually darn troublesome to manage, but precision is sort of at all times required. And if you’re continuously below risk from all the things, like automobiles working over you or, oh, I don’t know – coming into contact with air for various seconds, you need to count on to die so much. As I floundered to direct a rolling fishbowl or flopped my means right into a physique of water, I by no means felt like I was utterly in command of the aquatic animals, which is equal components annoying and hysterical. If I added up all of the occasions I shouted one thing like “Oh, give me a break!” on the display and gave you the quantity you’d in all probability assume it was my least favourite sport ever, nevertheless it’s all by design. I cried tears of pleasure when I lastly made it previous a very annoying part the place seagulls have been attempting to kill me whereas I rolled round in a glass bottle, and I cracked up as I was repeatedly run over by automobiles.

I Am Fish has 4 playable fish, three of which have distinctive skills that have to be mastered to resolve puzzles. The piranha, for instance, can chunk and destroy absolutely anything in his path, whereas the flying fish can, properly, fly. The introductory ranges for every fish are complete highlights, the place your new skills are contemporary and puzzles step by step change into more difficult as you study to take advantage of your newest set of fins.

There are some actually stellar ranges, like one the place you’re swallowed by a drunk man at a membership and need to make him stagger to a rest room from inside his abdomen earlier than he barfs you up. Or if you roll your fishbowl over the rooftops of a city utilizing {the electrical} wiring like information rails. Figuring out easy methods to assume like a fish and overcome absurd obstacles is a totally worthwhile expertise, even if you’re dying a ton.

That stated, not all of the frustration thrown your means is enjoyable; some sections cross that delicate line from being entertainingly annoying to only making me need to flip it off and play one thing extra informal, like Demon’s Souls or Battletoads (1991). The bottle sections specifically simply really feel downright low-cost generally, as I discovered myself wriggling helplessly in a really unwieldy bottle whereas attempting to navigate extraordinarily exact landscapes. In one other, I discovered myself painfully inhibited by my very own AI-managed allies who eagerly adopted me wherever I went and continuously received in my means, inflicting me to die half 100 occasions or so.

Parts made me need to flip it off and play one thing extra informal, like Demon’s Souls or Battletoads (1991).

These varieties of maximum and uncalled for frustrations truly made up a not-insignificant quantity of my time with I Am Fish, sufficient for me to develop a type of love-hate relationship with it. To make issues worse, some sections go means too lengthy with no checkpoint, which compelled me to replay components repeatedly, every time extra irritating than the final. It’s unlucky that it tried so arduous to tick me off generally, as a result of when issues got here collectively I didn’t thoughts and even discover how a lot I was dying simply because the obstacles thrown at me made me snigger. But I Am Fish pushes these limits fairly frequently and laughter is changed with deep sighs and stress consuming.

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If the traditional controls are in some way not troublesome sufficient for you, there’s additionally the Bossa management fashion, which makes you flap the thumbstick round like a fish’s tail in one of the insane management schemes I’ve ever used. For masochists fascinated with a swift kick within the pants, this may be fairly entertaining, although I can’t see myself ever wanting to place myself via that type of agony for longer than a degree or two.

I Am Fish isn’t very lengthy, with solely 13 ranges that I was in a position to beat in 10 hours or so with a good quantity of goofing off, however there’s fairly a little bit of replayability to it. Levels are largely linear, however often have a number of completely different paths you should utilize to succeed in your purpose. You may chase star scores by discovering the quickest route via ranges and finishing speedruns with as few deaths as doable. Naturally, collectible items of bread present an elective problem – they’re discovered on essentially the most troublesome or out-of-the-means routes to encourage additional ache, when you’re into that form of factor. Collecting sufficient items of bread and incomes greater star scores additionally unlocks one bonus degree, which makes replaying ranges and honing your abilities a worthwhile endeavor.

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