The Mightiest Fin on iTunes

In the ‘80s, games such as “Pac-Man,” “Frogger” and “Gauntlet” were able to attract huge audiences and entrench themselves in video game history thanks to simple, yet addictive gameplay.

While “Mighty Fin” isn’t in the same league as those aforementioned titles, as it’s less a trendsetter and more of a product making the most out of what works for a touch screen game, it’s ultimately a treat rarely found on a growing market of mobile games that fail to deliver the goods.

With colorful graphics, easy, fun controls and at times, challenging difficulty, “Mighty Fin” has enough polish to satisfy both hardcore gamers and casual ones on the iPad and iPod Touch.

Overall, it’s the kind of game that will make you tell your friends, “Come over here, you have to try this.” A perfect example of gaming precision through simplicity, “Mighty Fin” is able to hide its weaknesses in a way that many classic retro games do. As a result, it’s a must-own title on the iPad and a perfect escape while on the train, bus or anywhere you’d rather not be.

Using your finger, you are able to control your character’s depth in the water to reach coins and avoid obstacles. By holding your finger on the screen, the fish will remain underwater, while releasing it will have him jump. If this sounds overtly simple, it’s because, well, it is. However, after a few rounds of gameplay, you’ll learn how to control your fish in a way where you can get hard to reach coins in the air and on the ocean floor and eventually get that crazy high score you want.

But make no mistake, there’s a bit more to “Mighty Fin” than high scores. With a nice amount of unlockables, which are new costumes for your character, it’s a fun swim through each randomly generated level to find each new attire. While many of the early levels are easy, the later ones are much more difficult and can even be particularly long. With these changes in gameplay, “Might Fin” avoids being too repetitive and is able to satisfy.

The only true drawback of the title is the music, which is rather bland. The same thing goes for the sound effects, which, in the end, don’t add anything new to the bright graphics, which even at 2X magnification on the iPad, are still adorable. Had the sound been up to par, “Mighty Fin” might be considered one of the most well-rounded touch screen games currently available on iTunes.

But even in spite of this fault, “Mighty Fin” is still a wet and wild romp that indeed lives up to its name.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of ReviewFix.com and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late Examiner.com. He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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