“I love braaaiiins!” -cute zombie fish
Fishy Bits is the superlative successor to Bouncy Bits, both by Playside. It is like Flappy Bird, but easy and enjoyable enough to keep you pressing replay (without driving you to the edge of insanity and making you want to hurl your phone at the nearest human being). Not only do you have to dodge between blocks, you also have to feed your cute marine (or not. We’ll come to that later) and help it evolve into scarier versions of itself a la Pokémon. It’s Darwinian survival of the fittest as you grow from small fry to big fish to armoured, scary mega fish.
There is a huge roster of characters ranging from a Pride Sheep which acquires more colours of the rainbow as it evolves to the pug who acquires more bling and the prim penguin who becomes more gentlemanly and British in his sartorial choices. There is also a fearsome dragon which you can love nurture into hatching (sound like a Targaryen you know?)
All these characters have their own unique voices and some say very intriguing things. They can either be unlocked with the in-game currency you collect or you can buy them at prices ranging from $1-$5. The in-game currency allows you to buy Bitboxes which unlock characters with varying degrees of exclusivity: Common, Rare and EPIC.
The cutesy blocky graphics and attention to detail are a treat to the eye. The upbeat soundtrack complements the game well. The only fault with this game are the advertisements which pop up after a few replays. While it is understandable that the ads are necessary; the game wouldn’t be free otherwise, the video ads take too much time to buffer due to net speeds in India being what they are. Minor trouble aside, Fishy Bits is the perfect runner to bide your time.
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.