We love fish. Ok, so they don’t do much, but give them a pinch of food a day and they’re happy as pigs in mud. Which is why we were so intrigued by Tapfish. All the enjoyment of owning and breeding fish with none of the expense and, if you forget to feed them for a day or so, they’ll live.
You begin Tapfish with brand new tank and a few coins to start buying some fish. Buy yourself something basic like a green snapper and you have six hours to wait until your fish becomes an adult and is ready to sell. Essentially, you’ll need to breed a lot of fish to amass a decent amount of coins to buy new, more exotic fish.
There’s another way to progress and that’s to spend real world money on ‘fishbucks’ which can be used to purchase new fish. We take a dim view of that sort of behaviour here at Life of Android, but as the developers say, this is the only way they make money from a free game, so we’ll let it slide.
You’ll need to take care of your fish by feeding them when they’re hungry and cleaning their tank, and if you’re prepared to spend a bit of cash, you can buy decorations for the tank and make the place a little more hospitable for your scaley pals. Breeding fish is entertaining, since you can basically mate random fish together and create your own individual species.
You can also visit other people’s tanks to see how they’re doing and earn points for cleaning their tanks and feeding their fish for them. It is the neighbourly thing to do after all.
Tapfish requires some time before you can begin to progress – again unless you’re prepared to pay some money for fishbucks to speed things up – so it’s not something you’re going to be successful at without a few hours worth of effort. If you’ve got the time to spare, though, it can be a very rewarding game.
The Bottom Line
Version reviewed 1.111
Requires Android 2.0 or higher