Fishao

Good
  • Unique game idea that blends social MMO features with a fishing hunt to acquire all 400 fish
  • Character customisation and friendly community encourage socialisation
Bad
  • Only a dozen game areas that make it significantly smaller than similar MMO virtual social worlds
  • Energy limits restrict your ability to play for longer game sessions
7.5

Fishao (Fish Always Online) combines the joys of fishing, tournaments and virtual worlds into one place which creates a unique and enjoyable game experience for browser based gamers. Even if you don’t like fishing specifically you’ll find Fishao to be lots of fun given the socially minded community and collect them all long term goal that gives you a constant objective to strive for. Designed as an Adobe Flash based game in order to play Fishao following the retirement of Adobe Flash from modern browsers interested players will need to utilise plugins or alternative browsers to access the game experience.

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Joining thousands of other players from across the world players will attempt to try and catch over 400 fish in 10 different areas with their own diverse themes. Each area of Fishao is brilliantly presented for a game of its era and also serves as a hub for you to gather with other players to make friendships or locate that next big fish. When you’re not busy pulling in your next big catch though you’ll be able to make friends with your fellow fishers and hang out in the socially focused areas instead.

While the core content revolves around fishing Fishao quickly becomes about more than just catching all the fish breeds that you can although this stays as an undertone of the game throughout that you can fall back in while you wait for your friends to come online. In addition to fishing players can customise their character outfits, breed fish together, decorate a home and much more that ensure you have an abundance of activities available at any time.

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This feature list gives the game a Habbo Hotel type feel that crosses with Pokémon thanks to the collecting fish portion of the game that encourages you to try and catch them all to fill up your Fishdex for bragging rights. In order to complete your Fishdex you’ll need to experiment with different rods, baits and locations though so it isn’t as simple as just throwing your line out into any body of water around the place.

The fish tournaments in particular add a lot of friendly competition to the game and start often enough that it’s never difficult to enter against other players. With a mixture of luck and skill at play when fishing you really get a sense of achievement if you can place top in these competitions while also getting handsomely rewarded for it as well.

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Outside of these tournaments players can also find handsome game rewards from various mini-games and quests which helps keep customisable clothing and better rods always in reach. Once again being able to show these off to others in the community is your primary driver as you show off your fashion style and fishing skills at the same time. If you want a social orientated game that also has some fun gameplay to fall back on for a side activity this cutely designed 2D MMO world is sure to deliver.

Summary:

  • Blends virtual world of social interactions with fishing mini game achievements.
  • Customise your character with clothes and your own house to your tastes.
  • Collect different rods and bait on your journey to completing your Fishdex from 400 different fish species split across 10 game areas.
  • Enter in tournaments, complete mini games and conquer quests as you become the best social fisher in the game world.
  • A large and friendly community of players with a great base of core gameplay content to experience.

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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