I can honestly say that I've never reviewed anything like Kind of Fishy. I have to give it a Top Pick review for its uniqueness and complete randomness. It is a simple app where fish swim by in a beautiful underwater scene. The catch? Each fish is completely made of driftwood.Fun Educational Apps TOP PICKS
Artist Aleksander Nordaas has created a beautiful underwater world in Kind of Fishy. The app is incredibly simple, and honestly serves no true purpose other than to calm and entertain. There is no menu or activity. Just a stunning image of an underwater world. Drift wood fish swim by, in and out of the supports for a dock. Soothing music plays in the background and bubbles float skyward.
There is a component of interaction to the app. Tapping on each of the over one hundred fish elicits a sound or comment. Users can leave the fish alone and simply enjoy the music and view, or tap on the fish for a laugh at the nearly 180 comments or sound effects.
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This app is simply beautiful. The water and dock are incredibly detailed. The artist even created depth for the single screen. Clear, sharp images appear in the front, with blurry, indistinct fish swimming toward the back. Each beautiful, unchanged piece of driftwood so closely resembles a fish, that it is uncanny. The artist has managed to find these floating pieces of nature and see the resemblance to fish so clearly, that the viewer could easily forget that the fish are made of wood. The way the wood moves through the water and the animation of these inanimate objects is wonderful. While it might seem a stretch to call this one educational, I just couldn't pass up its beauty.
Overall, Kind of Fishy is a gorgeous app that earned a Top Pick from me for its beauty and uniqueness. I find myself turning this on at random points and just playing with it. I commend the artist for turning something so common as driftwood into something so different and exceptional.
Kind of Fishy is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal
At the time of this review there are no in-app purchases, ads, or external links within the app.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She admits to having her own driftwood collection and has spent hours staring at this app. She is passionate about technology in schools and you can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.