Clawfish (2021) is a puzzle game with a strong focus on relaxation rather than skill or difficulty. Similar to an arcade claw machine, you try and catch fish from various fish tanks, collecting all the different types, before putting the fish back into the ocean. Its calming soundtrack and simple aesthetic make this a good game to wind down with. Play starts with you arriving at Clawfish Station, where there are 31 different fish to collect from a variety of claw machines scattered about. You operate the claw machines using your keyboard. The aim is to line up the claw with the fish below and then press a button to descend the claw and catch them. Each machine offers a slightly different challenge, such as reduced visibility or smaller fish, but all remain relatively easy.
It's a simple game that offers a novel way to relax and switch off from the outside world for an hour or so. Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Clawfish 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 days ago.
This is an Action and Puzzle game with Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.
Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 1 hour to complete. With a strong focus here on relaxation rather than gameplay, catching all the fish is a relatively simple matter that will only take a short while, but with plenty of atmosphere and attractive visuals, you may stay around for longer.
3+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. With simple visuals and calming atmosphere, it's a little like playing a board book. Even very young children will be able to handle the straightforward fish-catching mechanics, although moving around the world may need a little help at first.
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