Fish Tycoon Review

I love this Mac game. Fish Tycoon is like an adult Tamogotchi the children’s game developed by Bandai in the 1990s. I killed mine several times over when I was a kid. You have to take care of your aquarium or your fish will die also. The sim play is done in real time. You can leave the game for a day, and the play has progressed to a new level without you. Fish Tycoon is a very different type of play. The fish move and look real, and it will teach you what kind of fish you have in your tank, but the game is so laid back you can go about your own life and the fish will swim in your tank. There is a story to this play, but I didn’t get into it much. The goal is to breed your fish and find 7 magic fish.

Don’t spend your initial $300.00 on fun items like plants, snails (although they will clean your tank), diver, shells, etc. You definitely need the money later on when the fish get sick from some deadly fungus or something called ick and need meds to get well again. The only other way to earn money is to sell your fish. Don’t have enough fish to sell? Well then you have to breed them or buy eggs to hatch in order to put them on sale at the fish store. Also don’t forget to feed your fish every now and then, and keep your tank clean by buying a snail initially and later a pump when you have enough money.

The only complaint I have with Fish Tycoon is the Fish Store.  You have to click on the sell fish button and go to the shop and watch the people go in and out of the store.  You kind of figure out what they are saying by the bubble above their heads. They are not the best conversationalists however so it’s not too fun. The only good thing is when the cash register goes off to let you know you have a sale.  I would like it if you could leave the store and still make money, but that didn’t happen so maybe in the next go-around of this Mac game, they’ll do it.

This is a great game to teach kids responsible pet care, and to give you pleasure in developing a well-stocked and balanced fish environment. Your entire family will enjoy caring for the fish without the mess of the real thing, and all the calming effects of a real aquarium. Fish Tycoon is great for relaxing. I recommend this game if you are anxious or on edge and need to take a meditative break from the crazy world.