Mighty Fin Review
- Charming designs and catchy tunes; upbeat while still conveying hazards clearly.
- One-finger gameplay; easy to pick up while still providing a lot of finesse.
- Clever level designs; bubbles regularly lead players automatically past better routes.
- Endless mode lacks depth; only a handful of segments randomly interposed without increasing difficulty.
If you're looking to feed your insatiable need to bust high-scores, check out the fun and easy to pick up challenge that is Mighty Fin.
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Cute main character? Check. Single-touch gameplay? Check. High-score focus with collectable items? Check. Gorgeous visuals and catchy tunes? Check. Mighty Fin by Launching Pad Games may tick all the boxes when it comes to feeling like Tiny Wings, but to discount it on this basis would be a crime - Mighty Fin sinks its teeth in early and helping the cute little fish on his world-wide holiday is sure to give you a smile.
Instead of riding hills and flinging yourself upwards with the momentum you've gained, Mighty Fin challenges you to use your buoyancy to give height to your jumps while seeking out trails of bubbles to add to your 'chain'. Touching the screen will weigh down Fin, allowing him to pop up faster and subsequently jump higher, hopefully avoiding shipwrecks and junk-laiden icebergs in the process. There's a lot of finesse in mastering the controls and the levels take advantage of this as the trails of bubbles lead you up and over or under hazards while also tricking you in to taking less 'optimal' routes.
There's only eight levels, with each one unlocking an endless variant once its completed, though ultimately you're only getting four levels with a repeated 'harder' version later in the game. With that said, the tricks, traps and enemies change in each instance and the last level in particular is very good at leading players by the nose and without exploration you might miss the 'hidden' paths available to you.
Your main incentive beyond simply finishing the game is to collect a variety of outfits that change the appearance of Fin, with some being collectable within the levels themselves, while others are awarded for getting 'gold' scores on the main levels. Mighty Fin's only let down is the weaker endless mode that's supported by 'randomized' levels comprising of a handful of repeated sections. It does make for a bit of a challenge, but it can get tiresome unless you're a die-hard high-score hunter.
Regardless of how long you keep playing it, Mighty Fin makes for a great distraction even if you only return to it now and then. A great addition to anyone's arcade collection.
DescriptionFin needs a vacation. He’s signed up for Shady Sal's suspiciously cheap — and possibly deadly — Round the World Tour. Hey, money's tight when you're a working fish.
Mighty Fin is an addictive arcade game that's easy to pick up, hard to master... and impossible to put down. The controls are simple: touch the screen to dive and let go to soar through the air. Duck and dodge to defy death, and leap through bubbles for a high score.
Enjoy THREE unique individual adventures all in one game, each with its own style, artwork and gameplay. Leap over lighthouses, swim under icebergs, and try not to get eaten by hungry sharks in the Original Adventure. Then in Fin’s Extended Vacation, dodge pirate cannonballs, ride futuristic hovercars, sail over ninja shuriken and evade gigantic sponge cakes in a soda stream sea. And now, go crashing through Santa's Workshop, pilot a jetboat and uncover the mysteries of a surreal Tim Burton-inspired haunted holiday in the all-new Seasonal Spectacular.
★ Guide Fin through golden isles, arctic ice caves, vicious storms, pirate strongholds, ninja fortresses and into the future
★ 19 replayable levels that are never the same twice
★ Beautiful Retina Display artwork with 11 completely different art and music themes
★ Collect over 80 souvenir costumes, disguises and vehicles, from sombreros to bunny ears to rockets to submarines
★ Compete for gold medals and high scores in three different modes, including the ultra-challenging Survival mode
★ Reviews ★
Slide to Play 4/4: “This update absolutely kicks Mighty Fin up to the highest level of casual gaming awesomeness. It now fits comfortably in the league of iPhone classics like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. It's about as enjoyable, cute, and addictive as they come. In other words, Mighty Fin has become a Must Have.”
touchArcade 4/5: “The new levels are super cool … Ninjaville looks like something right out of Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa. It's glorious.”
App Battleground 4.5/5: “Mighty Fin is one of those games you can’t help but love”
GamePro 4/5: “Get this game. I'm serious. Do it now.”
What's New in Version 2.1.2Hi everyone! This week we're celebrating the release of our new game 'Monster Flip' with six new themed costumes.
Just head left in the costume shop to play as a gaping Glurp, curious Jittering, hyperactive Hypapop, terrified Fleen, sleepy Snuzzle, or even as the magnificently rectangular Doctor Kuboid himself!
Also in this release: support for iOS 5.1, and a bug-fix so that the game runs properly on the new iPad.