This colorful and engaging game requires strategy and a keen
eye. In Fishdom H20 you help a young marine biologist populate
aquariums with compatible fish, water plants, and equipment to
create successful habitats for your aquatic life. To do this you
need to buy fish, plants, and whatnot with money that you make by
diving for treasures hidden undersea.
Fishdom H20 kept me and my 8-year-old daughter happily engaged
for a full 60 minutes, and there were howls of protest when the
demo ended. Despite her tearful and desperate pleas, however, I’m
not willing to pay the $20 license fee. On my test laptop–which
just barely meets the minimum system requirements–installing the
program took almost an hour, and the game gobbled up an inordinate
share of system resources. Even after I shut it down, my laptop ran
slowly until I uninstalled the program and rebooted. As we played
the game, the cut scenes were animated poorly and did not run
smoothly; game play was fairly smooth, however.
If you have a relatively new computer with a fast processor and
a generous amount of RAM, you might have a better experience
running Fishdom H20. The game is certainly enjoyable and terrific
for children, requiring critical thinking skills, basic math,
budgeting, and problem solving. I suggest trying out the demo on
your system before plunking down the license fee.