Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Big Fish Games is a well known name for fans of any casual gaming experience, from Hidden Object searching to Match Three puzzling. While the company has delved into some casual adventure gaming, a truly original and designed specifically for mobile experience is a hugely positive thing to see. Fetch is that title and while it's not perfect, it is a fun amalgamation of exploration and simple arcade gaming.
Following the story of a boy whose dog has been kidnapped by a mysterious fire hydrant, Fetch takes players to a mysterious world where robots and huge monsters roam within. There's a plot afoot involving the kidnap of many dogs and it's down to the young boy to stop it. It's all quite reminiscent of a family adventure and its visuals are similarly delightful.
Players wander around with taps of the screen, interacting with certain items to get past obstacles. There's no Hot Spot button which will infuriate novices used to having their hand held, but fans of the genre should appreciate the slight additional challenge. At times, it can be a little uncertain as to what needs doing next but that adds to the longevity of the game. Interspersed amongst these simple puzzles are arcade games which provide items that can be used to pass the current obstacle.
These arcade games are simple but fun. One might involve tapping on alien heads quickly, while another might involve destroying enemy ships. They're far from convoluted but they break up the pure exploration quite nicely.
At times, it might feel a little confusing as to where to or what to do next, but Fetch holds the attention quite nicely. With a selection of optional things to do too, such as collect all the dog collars scattered around, plus the heartwarming story, there's enough here to keep players returning for more.