A pretend fish inside a pretend fish tank that you have to pretend to feed and care about
by on April 9, 2010
iQuarium is a virtual aquarium for your phone. It is purest gimmickry, obviously, but at the same time it is also strangely beguiling, particularly if you have never been responsible enough to look after a pet or to keep a fish you won from a dodgy fairground stall alive for more than a day.
You will need to feed your fish regularly and play with it to accrue point in the ‘game’ otherwise it will die. Well, we say ‘die’ because of course you could always just restart again with another new pretend fish. But that’s not really the point here. This is essentially like Nintendogs, but with fish. And on an Apple smartphone instead of a Nintendo toy game machine.
You will start off with a very basic fish bowl, a goldfish, and some fish food and you earn one point for every 10 minutes you keep your fish alive. You can tap on the screen to scare the little fella too, which really does make you believe the thing is alive. As you progress you can add gravel, plants and more.
iQuarium also comes with Open Feint, so you can share your virtual fish-rearing statistics with others. It is slow and weird and seemingly pointless. And we love it.
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