Looking for a simplistic game in a visually stimulating pond? Interested? Read On….
Koi is a game that doesn’t really have much story to it. You play as a Koi Carp and swim around trying to find other smaller fish and take them to lily flowers in order to open up the next part of the game. You may come across a toad every now and then, but this doesn’t really add to the story. From what I could gather there was some strange things going on with bigger dark fish downstream, but the story never really unfolded. You travel from to different areas with slightly different puzzles as you progress downstream.
I think the game was aiming for a kind of relaxing vibe. The music is very chilled and relaxed, and the graphics are minimalistic. As mentioned before, the game is part exploration (looking for fish) and part puzzle. Every now and again you will be presented with a memory puzzle. These are usually quite simple, and gave me the feeling that the game is aimed at the younger audience. You are unable to die in the game, and when hit by an enemy, you are only stunned for a couple of seconds. This makes the game very easy as most of the time it is a case of searching the small areas for your fishy friends.
Koi is a simple game that will act as a distraction for a couple of hours. The younger audience may enjoy it more than the typical adult gamer. I don’t think there is enough content or difficulty to keep players amused for a long time, or to come back for a second play through.