See those cute, adorable graphics? Try opening up the game and listen to that darling, innocent background music. Isn't it all so charming? Well, don't be fooled! That dastardly, darling, little fish will win over your heart with her cozy stitching and and her muted orange color, but look at that blank stare. This isn't just a happy-go-lucky little game. No, this is a game to test your physics skills with no mercy. A heartless, cold, unforgiving test. Or perhaps it really is just a charming game with actual tricky puzzles to figure out, with a few levels that just really kicked my tail fin.... Tricky Fish, where the goal is to help this supposedly sweet little fish jump out of the water to collect all the pearls (and stars) it can, while avoiding spikes and those infamous saw blades. But Tricky Fish has some aces up her fins, and with the help of springs, bubbles, and you, she can gather all the pearls she needs for whatever reason her fishy little heart desires.
All jokes aside, Tricky Fish is actually pretty... well, tricky. What this game is missing is letting you see what your last 'shot' was, like most physics game will do. Instead you just have to guess on how much angle and how much power went into the last shot. It's not that easy but the muted background can give you some assistance if you remember that your last shot was in accordance to the buildings or different colors of the sun. Even with that this game is a lot about trial and error. You and that replay button are going to be good friends. There is something good to say about a game that won't hand you the solution on a silver platter though. It really is more of a game of skill when it's not directing or hinting at what your every move should be. In some levels the stars will give you a slight hint at where to launch your fish, others are there to be more of a challenge to collect. Most cutesy games focus on being cute, Tricky Fish is cute and focuses on making sure you have to work for the next level. Perhaps those who are veterans of projectile and other physics games like Ragdoll Cannon won't find this overly challenging, but it's not going to be a casual swim through the pond. Just a tip, that fish has more power in its jumps than you think ;).