Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. This is really a gem of a game that, while short, is a steal at a release price of $30. Like a good bourbon, it goes down smooth but is over all too quickly, but this isn’t a reason to marginalize it.
  2. 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 - gold [7 July 2004]
  3. Never before has a game simulated playing the life of a fish so well, and it’s done in such a loveable and cartoonish way that both younger and mature gamers will love it all the same.
  4. Playing Finny the Fish & the Seven Waters was about as close as I come to relaxed reverie with a controller in my hand these days, and I'm glad that Natsume took a risk (and will likely take a loss) by bringing such a refreshingly quirky niche game to break up the monotony of infinite WWII recreations, look-alike FPSs, and customizable racing games currently boring the hell out of me.
  5. Its camera system and length certainly hold it back from getting a better score, but the gameplay itself is a lot of fun.
  6. It's an inventive process, really taking steps where a game development hasn't before as you control a fish making his way through the Seven Waters.
  7. There’s a vibrancy that ensures progress is a pleasure and backtracking is seldom a chore – in fact, the game is often at its best when you’re free from the demands of unlocking the next section and simply revelling in your buoyant weightlessness. [Nov 2004, p.110]
  8. Finny's tone and relative simplicity make it clear that it was designed for the younger end of the lunchbox spectrum, but vague mission structure and some unusually punishing elements work against the rest of the design.
  9. 53
    If a kid wants to play as a fish, then Finny is up their alley and hopefully they'll give up before the annoying gameplay gets to them.
  10. While its cuteness, simple goals, and short running time seem perfect for the little tykes, its complex controls, difficult jumping puzzles, and rough camera turned off our six-year old test subject after 20 minutes. [Apr 2005, p.78]
  11. If you've got a really, really, young tyke it might provide a few hours of fun but the novelty will be short lived for all involved.
  12. Finny isn't my favorite title out there, but it is fresh. It's probably best a game for younger players. There's no real violence other than food chain stuff, and the story line is pretty gentle -- even when you're finding new ways to sleep with the fishes.
  13. Goes right off the deep end with its length - the entire game can be completed in one six-hour sitting. [Apr 2005, p.102]

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