631081_4NimbleBit has quite a fan following on our forums, and tonight Fishtropolis [App Store] joins their existing lineup of fun and simple iPhone games. Fishtropolis is a sequel of sorts to Textropolis [App Store] which shares all the same mechanics and gameplay elements with a whole new set of words to find within the names of 15 different types of fish.

Textropolis was well-recieved in our review, and Fishtropolis is more of the same. Starting with the letters that make up "white carp" you search for words with four or more characters. As you find more words you earn stars and attract more fish and other aquatic life to your game until the screen is almost completely full when you've found most of the words. The first star you earn unlocks the next level, "blue platy," where you start the whole process over.

When you find a word, the definition scrolls across the screen and if you find yourself stuck you can shake your phone to sacrifice five of the fish you've earned finding words to get a hint. The thing most people liked about Textropolis originally was that there were no time limits of any kind, and you can take as long as you want instead of trying to beat a clock, and Fishtropolis works the same way.

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At the end of the day, Fishtropolis is little more than a reskin of Textropolis with new words to find. If you were among the many people who enjoyed the original game in the series, you will also have a lot of fun with this one. However, if you're looking for something new, there isn't much to be found in Fishtropolis aside from a different graphical theme and a new catalog of words.

App Store Link: Fishtropolis, $1.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • thewiirocks

    Textroplis had a strangely addicting quality to it. Rearranging letters into as many words as possible really doesn't sound like fun. Yet I can't count how many hours I spent working out new words for the same few letters, only to realize that I had missed a large number of words. And even then, there was usually another cache of words only a brainstorm away!

    One thing I hope got fixed in Fishtropolis is the quality of the dictionary. The Textroplis dictionary seemed random at times as to whether or not it considered a word a proper name (and thus excluded) or a generic enough term to include. Some exceptions were just plain baffling as were some of the inclusions. I swear, typing in random letters often yielded valid Jewish words. (I wasn't clear if they were Hebrew or Yiddish.) Absolutely bizarre.

  • thewiirocks

    Textroplis had a strangely addicting quality to it. Rearranging letters into as many words as possible really doesn't sound like fun. Yet I can't count how many hours I spent working out new words for the same few letters, only to realize that I had missed a large number of words. And even then, there was usually another cache of words only a brainstorm away!

    One thing I hope got fixed in Fishtropolis is the quality of the dictionary. The Textroplis dictionary seemed random at times as to whether or not it considered a word a proper name (and thus excluded) or a generic enough term to include. Some exceptions were just plain baffling as were some of the inclusions. I swear, typing in random letters often yielded valid Jewish words. (I wasn't clear if they were Hebrew or Yiddish.) Absolutely bizarre.

  • http://klicktock.com Matthew

    This was a "must buy" for me. I ended up picking up Textropolis for free, yet it's one of my most played games. I always felt guilty - so this is my chance to make amends :)
    The reason I keep coming back to it - over the other word games - is that it you had to spell words with 4 letters or greater. Helped to weed out all the stupid/bizarre three letter words. :)

  • http://klicktock.com Matthew

    This was a "must buy" for me. I ended up picking up Textropolis for free, yet it's one of my most played games. I always felt guilty - so this is my chance to make amends :)
    The reason I keep coming back to it - over the other word games - is that it you had to spell words with 4 letters or greater. Helped to weed out all the stupid/bizarre three letter words. :)

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