FISHAO (Fish Always Online) is a real-time multiplayer game which is playable in a browser. It is not a simple point and click puzzle game, but a true cute looking open world fishing MMO. It's a social game that will be available both on Facebook and at FISHAO.com.
Players can customize their own character, meet new friends, compete in online tournaments, complete achievements and catch many fish (more then 150) to complete their Fishdex.
"A strangely cute 2D open world MMO which combines gameplay elements of Pokémon and Animal Crossing". (MMOBomb.com, January 10, 2013).
The real-time multiplayer aspects are being utilized in a variety of ways. Players walk around in real-time through each zone with more than 150 players per area. They can chat with each other, add each other as friends, and play minigames where co-operation is necessary.
In each area NPC's can be seen walking around. They tell funny stories, give you tips or even quests. "Players can talk to NPC's and some of these NPC's can give you access to restricted subareas or give you a daily quest to catch a certain amount of a specific fish", says Joppe Houpt (CEO).
The idea came from the Creative Director of the company, Daimy Stroeve: "Maybe the serious part of fishing is not suitable for everyone, but at least the surprise factor of fishing can be fun for everyone", he goes on to explain, "We have a well-thought out algorithm, some fish can only be caught at a specific time or month. For example a certain type of fish may only be catchable in July, at night. The social factor is in addition to the actual fishing part, which is the biggest asset of the game."
- Real-time multiplayer, play with 150 friends at the same time
- Chat, meet new friends and play minigames with co-operation
- Playable in your browser on FISHAO.com and Facebook
- Customize your own character
- Compete in online tournaments
- Complete your Fishdex
- Play daily quests
- Day and night system
- Weather system
FISHAO will head into closed beta within a month and the open beta starts this summer on http://www.fishao.com and on Facebook.
Screenshots of FISHAO:
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