Fish are friends
Freddi Fish has starred in a number of excellent edutainment titles over the years, from the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds
to the Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch
. This fifth entry in the franchise lives up to the high standards laid down by its predecessors so if you have youngsters in the house who need some game-related learning, this is an excellent choice. The story here finds our heroine investigating a local cove, which the mayor wants to open as a tourist attraction but which seems to be inhabited by a sea monster. The gameplay is similar to earlier installments and is basically a sort of junior version of classic adventures like Monkey Island which has been simplified to meet its target market. You'll explore a series of colorful underwater environments while collecting items to solve the various puzzles which bar your progress and interacting with the many unusual characters who live in this fantastic world. For the most part, this is a solid piece of entertainment that is perfect for young gamers on a wet Sunday afternoon. It's perhaps not the most difficult game in the world, even for the intended audience, but this isn't a great problem as what's on offer is simply a lot of fun. The story is engaging and should keep most players happy throughout its running time while the gameplay itself is also very compelling. There are some illogicalities to be found but that's generally nitpicking and the bright, colorful visuals bring a lot of charm to what is essentially a nice piece of edutainment.