LightFish is a highly addictive arcade game, where the user controls a small fish who lives in the abyssal deeps of the ocean... surrounded by deadly creatures.
User reviews: Very Positive (73 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 19, 2011
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LightFish is a highly addictive arcade game, where the user controls a small fish who lives in the abyssal deeps of the ocean... surrounded by deadly creatures. His objective is to destroy all the monsters who inhabit those dangerous zones by drawing lines onto unexplored territory. However, any enemy who manages to touch the Lightfish will kill him instantly!

LightFish is a classic concept evolved into something new and exciting, with unique features and an original soundtrack. Immerse yourself in a colourful world full of beautiful yet deadly sea creatures and progress through the numerous levels the game offers!

Key Features:

  • Classic gameplay evolved and enhanced
  • 2 different game modes
  • Original soundtrack
  • Unique graphic style adapted to gameplay
  • Score challenges that encourage replayability
  • 10 enemy types and 45 unique levels

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    • OS:Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c Compatible Card
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB HD space
    • Sound: Standard audio
    • Processor:2 GHz Dual Core or higher
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
trash
Posted: September 26
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0.1 hrs on record
Very puzzle oriented. Frustrating, needs you to think ahead in a way that irritates a body.
Maybe if I wasn't already frustrated I'd like it more. But it's irritating when a starfish moves faster than a real fish. >.<

Great for puzzley folks, I suppose, bad for impatient folks.
Posted: October 23
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0.2 hrs on record
Looks interesting but it's not exactly clear which controllers work with this game. And there also appears to be no support for standard keyboard and mouse play. Seems really intended for use with a controller only. Store page does not specify this. Buyer beware...

(Note: Acquired via a bundle)
Posted: October 23
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Blubb! Blubb! Blubb! These sounds will follow you into your dreams after you've played Lightfish too much time ...
I was looking forward to a Qix clone which is placed in the deep sea ocean environment. This game is in arcade style and graphics and music fits together perfectly. They're unique and I liked the soundtrack composed by James Dean.

But this Blubb sound making me dumb. I'm not sure if it causes the occurring game crashes. Another gap are the imprecise controls. It can happen easily that during linemaking you missed the way back to your start point or you accidently touch the lava. Really annoying are the partly unfair game mechanics like a crab that spawns directly at your position. Enemies are stuck between lava and blocks and flipper uncontrollable until they release. Or big creatures pass somehow through narrow passages ...

So it was strange that the time trial mode was quite easier to me than the adventure mode.
Time trial mode means clearing the map quickly and don't take care of points. But it was also random if there spawns the helpful playtime extender or something other useless powerup .

The adventure mode turns out unnatural hard in some levels (especially if you want to make it with 3 stars). Normally you try to raise your multiplicator by trapping enemies in small boxes without using too much percentage of the game surface. If your multiplicator has become max you can clear the map to the end and get a huge bonus. In the hardest level "Ladder" (Lvl 4.8) there are somehow other rules. It seemed that it must be done in fast time to get the 3 stars finish.

Alltogether the game makes fun, but the bugs going sometimes on nerves. I cannot explain myself how people can beat this game in less than 3 hours ...
Posted: July 21
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Lightfish is a game that seems to be loosely based on the classic volfied.

Gameplay revolves around cutting the screen which sounds and is simple in essence.

It's easy to learn hard to master with the achievements being well suited and providing a challenge for replay value.

I personally burned through this quite quickly but did enjoy the experience. It's not a game that's going to last you a long time but it is fun and entertaining.
Posted: May 6
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
It's a competent Qix clone with aesthetically pleasing presentation. It has native controller support. It's cheap. It's on Steam. There is nothing to object to here.
Posted: July 5
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun this game is! I got it in a bundle not expecting to ever play it(wasn't what I bought the bundle for), but wow! Its a lot of fun! Gameplay is similiar to Fortix, except with sea creatures. I'd play through it again.7/10
Posted: August 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
The game is too short but cheap and good :D
The gameplay is same as Fortix, personally i preffer fortix 1,2 cause of soundtrack and sprites

-Pro
The sound effects are good
The concept is pretty awesome
Cheap

-Cons
The desing of menu was kinda awful.
The game is too easy. 100% should be like 2-3 hours.
Posted: July 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Simple, short game. It's kind of a simple version of Fortix 1&2, witch are better games. But its good for killing time.
Posted: May 10
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
These devs know how to make fun.
Posted: June 16
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4.6 hrs on record
Lightfish copies in the style of classic arcade game as you try to slice and contain an area of enemies.

This is very much an arcade game clone, and you may well have played something like it before. You control an entity and try to move it around the map, slicing it up and "locking off" certain areas. Lock enough off to complete the level.

The gameplay progression in this game is good. The enemies become progressively harder, and this is aided by certain environment "blocks". There are 5 'worlds' of 9 'levels' each, so it does not take an extremely long time to complete the game but these are available in both timed and score-oriented modes. One issue however is that navigating the map can at times be imprecise. E.g. It can be difficult to know just how far away you need to be from lava to avoid being harmed by it.

As this game has a very arcade feel, I would definitely recommend using a controller.

The graphic stylings in this game are extremely good. Enemies have a sort of warped look on the environment, and everything is in a consistent outlined and glowing style. Given the name of the game, the art style really does match what many semi-transparent bioluminescent sea creatures look like.

The music in this game has a very calm "aqueous" feel to it, and is definitely well composed.

Something rather annoying in this game is that the menu is hard to navigate. It will always select the highest uncompleted level, and if you have already completed the game it will simply skip to the end. Meaning that every time you want to play a previous level, you will need to re-navigate the entire menu. This is not an issue unless you are re-playing it however.

Lightfish is a good, if short game, with fairly well polished gameplay and if you like arcade-style game is definitely worth a buy.
Posted: August 31
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Qix got old and settled down ages ago but when it was in a midlife crisis at one point it went out to the bar and had skeezy drunken sex with Lumines and Lightfish was the baby.

If you really want Qix-alike gameplay on Steam, go with Fortix 2 first, but after you become the WORLD CHAMPION ON THE FORTIX 2 LEADERBOARDS this is a solid second place and I honestly only give it guff because of the extensive content the other title has by comparison. Lightfish is pretty cool.
Posted: January 30, 2012
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
A little disapointed. unfortunately some of the game mechanics are very flawed. 1st the scoring system exspects you to rush the levels and seems as if it would just reward your lucky runs. 2nd ENERMIES RESPAWN! WHY??? surely a big part of this type of game is making traps in the map to remove enemies to make the rest of the level easier to capture. Again this seems to promote a rushed approach rather than the strategic play this type of game should have. Oh and also the walls that kill you? what a silly idea. You try to get as close to them as you can to utilise the area you capture but so oftern I find myself hitting the walls and dying.
Posted: January 23
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Simply fun and challenging game.
If you have nothing to do, you should pay attention to this game for a moment. Worth your time, trust me.
Posted: March 28
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
I thought it was nice to come across this game, a nice classic style of game. It’s a great little mini game for when you are bored and aren’t looking to get into any games that big.
The graphics are pretty nice and although it isn’t that long of a game, it’s still a good time waster.
Posted: February 3, 2012
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
QIX with marine life. Never spent much time with QIX back in the day but I liked this. Simple yet vibrant and well animated. Challenging but not overwheming.
Posted: November 26, 2011
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
LightFish is a pleasant clone of Qix/Fortix-styled games, where you attempt to claim sectors of a map by drawing lines to fill in areas while enemies flit about attempting to destroy the line trailing behind your character, which in this case is a glowing fish. Claim a certain amount of territory, and you clear the map and move on to the next one.

LightFish is pretty basic - and maybe a bit shallow - but it works well enough: the controls are responsive, and the graphics and music are quite pleasant. The "Story" mode (such as it is) can be completed in a couple of hours, but maps can be replayed at any time if you want to improve your score. There's also a time trial mode which is pretty challenging, and there are 18 Steam achievements too. Both of these things add replay value to the game.

LightFish isn't as good as something like Fortix 2, but it's still a respectable casual game.
Posted: December 21, 2013
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Lightfish. It's Qix, but dressed up in fancy vector-looking graphics and set in a computerized looking acquatic environment. As such the game doesn't have the abstract power of the Qix presentation, but the mechanics are exactly the same and so you'll find the same sense of enjoyment as the venerable old arcade game. The new updates involve some different types of opponents which exhibit different behaviors (one will explode near you, another will seek you out when you draw your lines, and another just floats around getting in your way). There's also different elements that you traverse when drawing out your territory which can slow you down, block you, or kill you if you touch it which add to the variety of the task.

I like it, but it's a very slight game and not one you're likely to pick up and play a whole lot unless you just happen to be in the mood for Qix action. I thought the music was okay although it's very much Amiga old school mod music. I tend to like that sound...
Posted: June 26, 2012
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Having played similar games like PacXon in the past, I cannot fully say that this is an original. It's not as fun or different than those others. The price is fairly decent but regardless, there are free versions out there.

Obligatory score: 7/10
Posted: December 25, 2012
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Plays like Fortix. You're a fish who starts at the edge of a rectangular map and swims in straight lines to clear off sections of the map until about 75%, after which you're scored and given 1-3 stars. You increase your score by capturing (destroying) enemies and powerups within your rectangles, clearing off larger sections of the map with one move, finishing the level more quickly and by playing on hard difficulty where enemies are faster and respawn (recommended for a challenge and high scores).

While in the process of swimming from one safe point to another you leave a line behind you and are vulnerable, so If an enemy runs into your path you die. New enemies and obstacles are introduced at a fast enough rate to keep things fresh and the campaign will last 2-3 hours. In addition there's a time trial mode and online leaderboards, though I didn't see a filter for friends unfortunately. Looks nice, good music, easy achievements. Worth it on sale.
Posted: January 1, 2012
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