Fishy Rush, an endless swimmer for Windows Phone 8

Fishy Rush is a casual game for Windows Phone 8 that takes the endless runner genre under water. With Fishy Rush, you swim your goldfish for as far as you can, collecting coins along the way.

The game is not all fun in the sun with plenty of dangers and shark attacks to avoid. You can collect coins and pearls to use in the game's store to buy upgrades and there are plenty of power-ups to help you survive the dangers of the deep blue sea. Fishy Rush isn’t a terrible game for your Windows Phone but some may find it falling a tad short of the mark.

Game Layout

Fishy Rush takes on the simplistic approach to the game’s main menu with options to jump into the game and access the game’s settings. Settings include music/sound effects on or off, viewing the about screen, selecting your language and visiting the game’s Facebook Page.

Prior to jumping into game play, you will have the option to spend the gold coins and pearls you collect during game play on various boosts and upgrades.

Game Play

Game play is straightforward, guide your goldfish through the water for as far as you can, collecting as many coins, pearls and power-ups along the way.

The fish’s forward motion is automatic and you control the depth of his swim. Tap and hold the screen to raise the fish towards the surface and release your hold to have the fish dive to the bottom.

Dangers range from spiny puffer fish to electric eels to shark attacks. Fishy Rush is nice enough to warn you of shark attacks with a flashing exclamation point that will appear at the level the shark will enter the screen.

Across the bottom of the game screen, you will find your distance score, gold coins collected and your life count. To give the game a little bit of a challenge, Fishy Rush also has a series of quests such as traveling across the bottom for a set distance or swimming close to two sharks. Meet the challenge of the quest and you get bonus coins.

Power-ups available include a magnet that will attract the gold coins to your fish, extra lives and point multipliers.

As with most endless runner type games, with Fishy Rush the further you swim the faster the game pace becomes. All of which adds to the challenge of the game.

Overall Impression

I cannot say that Fishy Rush is a bad game but I also cannot say it is a must have game either. Graphics are nice and game play challenging enough to keep things interesting.

Fishy Rush is a game that is fun to play for short bits of time but does not have that addictive quality to it. Maybe it is that the endless runner style has been done so much, it is hard to find an angle to create a draw to keep you coming back for more. I just couldn’t help but think the game was missing something.

There is a trial version available for Fishy Rush with the full version of the game currently running $.99. The game is available for Windows Phone 8 devices (including low-memory devices) and you can find Fishy Rush here in the Windows Phone Store.

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George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.