GlowFish HD for iPad Review

By on August 17, 2011

A glow-rious underwater shooter for iOS.

Good: Gorgeous to look at, innovative, fun to play
Bad: Gameplay gets a bit repetitive
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First Impressions
My reaction is

It’s tough to describe Glowfish HD as a genre. If I had to take a stab at it, I’d call it a top-down shooter but that doesn’t quite fully do it justice. This arcade-style underwater game may be confusing to describe but it’s absolutely gorgeous to behold. MumboJumbo creates a beautiful underwater world and as a result one of the most beautiful iOS games we’ve had a chance to play.

The game revolves around the titular Glowfish whose friends have all been captured and turned into bad guys. You set off in this gorgeous underwater world to free your friends and get them to safety. You control the Glowfish with the help of a circular stick on the right hand side which will move Glowfish in the direction you want.

As you swim around and explore the underwater world, you find friends who follow you, forming a centipede-like queue behind you. On the left hand side of the screen, you have three buttons. One button gives you the map – a very handy thing to have when you’re a bit lost. Another button gives you a boost, which will come in handy in later levels where you have to jet through tight spots and the last button is a toggle between shield mode and follow mode.

These two modes are you primary mode of attack. In the shield mode, the friends you have collected circle around you giving you the ability to bump into enemies in order to destroy them. The bigger your enemies are though, the more friends you need to form a more powerful shield to destroy them. In the follow mode, your friends follow you in a chain-like fashion, allowing you to run circles around larger, more powerful enemies. As you circle around your enemy in follow mode, your friends unleash projectiles on the enemy, destroying them bit by bit.

The game is full of little surprises like an instance where you see a big glowing dot on the screen and if you’re curious enough to swim over it to find out what it is, a massive fish plunges out of nowhere to try and eat you. You’ll also collect chums along the way such as a rasping Sea Horse to help you with your quest.

While the gameplay does tend to get a tad bit repetitive sometimes, there’s some amount of relief in the form of special levels where you’re doing something completely different like chasing a new glow chum in order to make him your ally.

The game’s on offer at $2.99 from the App Store and for that price, it’s a great bargain. Definitely worth downloading.


Hitesh is a tech/games journalist and Business Development Manager for the Tbreak Network.

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