El-Fish (630)

System: PC
Company: Electronic Arts
Year: 1993
Genre: Strategy
Theme: Life Simulation / Unique
Language: English
Licence: Commercial

El-Fish (ID: 630)

4 x 3.5" HD (1440kB)
Raw (.IMG)
SHA1 Hashes:

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Added: 2013-12-07
Edited: 2020-04-20

Comments (2) [Post comment]

Pietoro (2006-05-08):

Yah, it was very processor intensive, which was probably a major reason it didn't make it. It used to take me hours to animate a single fish, I usually set it up to run that while I slept. I actually don't even run it in DOSBox, since it runs much faster without it. ^^

It was billed as a 'software toy', not really a 'game'. It didn't give you set goals, you had to make them youself, in terms of specializing fish with traits you wanted. For instance, 'white' fish are very hard to get, its a very recessive gene. It was a goal of mine for a long time to breed a white fish, I went from a small white spot to a mostly-white fish. Took a while of selective breeding, but it was cool to see how the genes worked out.

This kind of open ended 'sandbox' design seems to have a pretty niche fanbase. And I assume many folks don't find the idea of virtual-genetics as fascinating as I do, lol.

Mr Creosote (2006-05-08):

The German magazine PC Player actually refused to give this game a rating because of too little gameplay. They commented how this must be a late Aprils Fools and that it's almost fraud selling it as a game.

It should also be noted that this game only became seriously usable years after its release. On contemporary hardware, it would take something between 15 minutes (486/50MHz - nobody had that, though) and six hours (386SX - very common machine at that time) to calculate all the necessary animations for a single fish. Which (again) led to PC Player jokingly declaring its ability to double your free time: "If you're playing El-Fish for one hour, you can do something else for 58 minutes."

Edited by Mr Creosote at 21? on May, 08th 2006