Help underwater detective Freddi Fish and her finny friend Luther solve the case. Explore underwater caves, deep canyons and colorful reefs, and discover fascinating places like King Crab's Castle and A Sunken Ship Out of Time, in an effort to save the reef.
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Release Date: Oct 28, 1994

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Contains the following Freddi Fish games:
Freddi Fish 1: The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds (1994)
Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse (1996)
Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness (1996)
Freddi Fish and Luther's Water Worries (1996)
Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell (1998)
Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch (1999)
Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove (2001)

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“The puzzles are difficult without being frustrating, and there are plenty of fun animations to watch and hot spots to click along the way.”
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About This Game

Grandma Grouper's kelp seeds are missing and without them all of the sea creatures will go hungry!

Help underwater detective Freddi Fish and her finny friend Luther solve the case. Explore underwater caves, deep canyons and colorful reefs, and discover fascinating places like King Crab's Castle and A Sunken Ship Out of Time, in an effort to save the reef. Children use logical thinking and reasoning skills as they gather information and then use what they have learned to solve the mysteries of the sea!

Game Features:

  • Help Freddi Fish and Luther find the missing seeds in 40 different places!
  • Fun discoveries await children as they explore the ocean bed with Freddi -- you never know what they'll find!
  • Kids have a great time exploring more than 500 secret click points -- a new surprise every time they play!

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System Requirements

Windows
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Leopard 10.7 or newer
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card or onboard graphics compatible with OpenGL
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% CoreAudio compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
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Very Positive (161 reviews)
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kaela932
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Really the only negative thing is that I can't save it. But I usually beat less than a hour so it's not a big deal. But anyways, this is a childhood favorite of mine.
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BeRzErKeR
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
Freddi Fish!!! I loved this game as a child. It is still a solid game for the kids and nostalgic adults. The only negative of this game is you can't skip movement scenes.
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[NGFS] коммунист
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
my life has been changed for the worst because two greedy fish decide they want to monopolise the kelp industry
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Sinclair Firo
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
This unda-wata adventier is the most clam smackin' thing you've never played yet! If you've never bought a groupon with gramma grouper, then you haven't lived!
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Kirby™
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
Super-Duper-Dooka-Booka-Poly-Gizmo/10
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CrazyC
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
A fun little game that my 4 year old nephew and I had a good time with. Its short but he had no problem getting through it so its a winner in my book.
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Saltdust Crusader
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
A classic point-and-click game. Kind of short though.
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Jibber
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
Freddi Fish and The Case of The Missing Kelp Seeds Review

The Story

Freddi Fish, an intrepid and inquisitive young fish, pays a visit to her grandma's house. While there, she learns that her grandma's kelp seeds have been stolen! Freddi sets out with her best friend Luther to find the culprits and restore the seeds to their rightful owner.

The Gameplay

FFaTCotMKS is a point and click game designed for younger children. The resulting gameplay is simplistic but intuitive. Puzzles tend to fall into the use this to do this category, which is fine. I completed the game in about 40 minutes, but I expect it to take a bit longer if you choose to explore the areas more thoroughly. I liked it, though it may not be enjoyable for everyone. It is very easy, after all.

The Characters

Freddi is a very brave and conscientious role model for children. She pays proper respect to her elders and does her best to set things right. I found it very difficult to be interested in Luther, however. He barely helps beyond asking meaningless questions and is seemingly only after the kelp seeds for his own benefit (despite being reprimanded by Freddi several times). However, his antics make him an interesting foil to Freddi and her grounded disposition. Still, he felt unnecessary and I personally didn't like having him around.

The side characters give the game an atmospheric quality that I enjoyed as a child and continue to enjoy as an adult. Their colorful personalities are memorable beyond the confines of their limited time on screen. Interactions with them are simple and genuine, and an enjoyable aspect of the experience. I chuckled a few times at the villains' dialogue, especially.

The Setting

FFaTCotMKS takes place underwater. It appears to be the ocean, but it could be a sea or some other large body of water, as it is never explicitly stated.

I liked the variety inherent in the different environments. The world is well populated and immersive, and there are a TON of things to click on in every screen of the game. Colorful little creatures bounce around, a starfish teaches you basic math, pearls shine and an opera fish performs a solo. It's worth exploring every inch just to see what crazy thing will happen next! These fun little events are synonymous with Humongous Entertainment's early point and click offerings, and they help bring the world to life.

The Graphics

The game has a very charming, almost handdrawn look to it (forgive me if the art actually IS handdrawn, I'm not very proficient at spotting the difference). The graphics are endearing and vibrant while simultaneously giving off the look of a cartoon. It's fun to look at and even runs in widescreen!

Character designs themselves aren't incredibly impressive, but their personalities more than make up for any obvious deficiencies.

The Sound

The music is serviceable and ambient, but not very memorable. The sound effects, on the other hand, are abuzz with life. You'll recognize many reused sound effects if you've played any other Humongous Entertainment games, and I guarantee they'll put a smile on your face.

The Verdict

I wholeheartedly recommend Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds. It's chock-full of educational and humorous content for younger minds. It looks and feels like an interactive animated television show, it has a strong identity and an altruistic endgame, but, most of all, it does exactly what it sets out to do: provide a meaningful experience. I think it's definitely worth a buy, though I'd recommend purchasing a reduced price. 7 dollars might be too much to some people for the amount of content you're provided.

I give Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds 9.5 out of 10 purple sea urchins.
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Clover
( 23.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
Exactly how I remember it. Great for little kids or a trip down memory lane.
It's extremely interactive and easy enough for a 3-year old to play.

Almost Everything is click-able, funny and the graphics won't make your eyes burn.
(Like I remember from my old monitor back in the 90's)

Playing it through to the end will take an adult roughly 10 minutes.
But for a child it's never-ending fun. The game does not save, so you start fresh each time.
Which seems awful, but it's perfect for little kids.
Aside from the great memory skills, there's easy math and problem solving.

My little ones love this and I enjoy watching them play it.
Besides, there's a Big Bonus: The Background Sounds are NOT annoying!)

(Well, unless your child spam-clicks something... Which MAY happen on occasion.. Ugh...)
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Superking
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15
When all of fish kind is threatened with starvation, two unlikely heros will arise. Super sleuth Freddi Fish and her best friend Luther. Dive in to a vast open world filled with dark sea caves, reefs of all colors, canyons that stretch to the bottom of the lowest abyss, castles, sunken pirate ships and much more. Help Freddi and Luther gather clues to find Grandma Grouper's kelp seed treasure before it's too late. The lives of these precious fish, are in your fins.
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Klabautermann
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 3
Aced a math test thanks to this game. 10/10
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5persondude (Overwatch Beta)
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1
Nostalgic erection intenstifies

Also, play with ScummVM, as it fixes issues with running older Scum Engine games on modern computers
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Jay
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2015
What can I say about the Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds? This game was released 22 years ago and I'm glad to be seeing it on Steam competing with several other AAA titles. When I was a boy, I very much enjoyed this game. It taught me a multitude of things. Such as friendship, bargoning, and not trusting strangers.

WARNING SPOILERS: When Freddi and Luther made a compromise with the villianous Boss and Spongehead, I couldn't help but shed a few tears. The idea of sharing Grandma Grouper's kelp seeds was truly a ballsy move by Luther. Squidfather was fond of the idea thus saving Luther's tail. Everybody in the sea can now have kelp seeds; making all the sea creatures happy :')

I rated this game 10 Grandma Grouper's kelp seeds out of 10 .
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Canyou_don't13
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 27, 2015
Solid game, and a great story. Only problem was it was way too short, and the math part was really hard. Would recommend-- 10/10.
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Fb||aboboyle74
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 26, 2015
Easily the best game ever created!
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SpaceCatx
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 24, 2015
Oh how nostalgic it was to play this! I was maybe about 8 when I played Freddi Fish last time! Didn't take me long to complete it cuz I still remembered everything. 10/10 for childhood feels!
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emasterslake
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2015
Freddi Fish was another Humongous Game franchise that I was familiar with, but didn't ever played it as a kid. Anyways before Spongebob & Finding Nemo exsisted, kids in the 90's only had this or Disney's Little Mermaid for undersea entertainment. Freddi Fish is a kind hearted fish who does good deeds to win the trust and respect of others. One day his grandmother's kelp seeds went missing and it is up to Freddi and his friend Luther to solve the mystery of the missing kelp seeds by going on an adventure. This was Humongous Entertainment's first game to use traditional 2-D animation for the gameplay and FMV sequences rather than the pixelated texture used in their older games. With a cast of colorful characters, interative background, and great voice acting from Annette Toutonghi(Penelope from the Sly Cooper games and Spinkle from Pajama Sam 3). Freddi Fish will be an instant favorite for kids and adults alike.
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countdownical
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 22, 2015
This was my childhood favorite and I was so happy to find it here on Steam! This is a great, although short game. It's perfect if you got a child of your own and want them to experience the same feeling for game as you did as a kid, or just keep them busy for a while, haha. It got a lovely story with math problems, puzzles and I remember thinking it was kinda tricky! I asked my parents a few times, haha. But it's a beautiful game and I think it really should be in your inventory!
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nesman64
( 27.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 22, 2015
My 4yo loves Freddi. It's a pretty simple point-and-click adventure. The settings are a bit difficult to manage. (You have to remember that Alt+Enter is the fullscreen shortcut that everybody knew in the 90s.)
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Otis Wilson
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 21, 2015
Hello childhood. I got this game from a kellogs... or was it some other cereal box. It's a fun little game but I think you need the memories to fully enjoy it at later age, however, any kid should be able to enjoy this.
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Freddi Fish and The Case of The Missing Kelp Seeds Review

The Story

Freddi Fish, an intrepid and inquisitive young fish, pays a visit to her grandma's house. While there, she learns that her grandma's kelp seeds have been stolen! Freddi sets out with her best friend Luther to find the culprits and restore the seeds to their rightful owner.

The Gameplay

FFaTCotMKS is a point and click game designed for younger children. The resulting gameplay is simplistic but intuitive. Puzzles tend to fall into the use this to do this category, which is fine. I completed the game in about 40 minutes, but I expect it to take a bit longer if you choose to explore the areas more thoroughly. I liked it, though it may not be enjoyable for everyone. It is very easy, after all.

The Characters

Freddi is a very brave and conscientious role model for children. She pays proper respect to her elders and does her best to set things right. I found it very difficult to be interested in Luther, however. He barely helps beyond asking meaningless questions and is seemingly only after the kelp seeds for his own benefit (despite being reprimanded by Freddi several times). However, his antics make him an interesting foil to Freddi and her grounded disposition. Still, he felt unnecessary and I personally didn't like having him around.

The side characters give the game an atmospheric quality that I enjoyed as a child and continue to enjoy as an adult. Their colorful personalities are memorable beyond the confines of their limited time on screen. Interactions with them are simple and genuine, and an enjoyable aspect of the experience. I chuckled a few times at the villains' dialogue, especially.

The Setting

FFaTCotMKS takes place underwater. It appears to be the ocean, but it could be a sea or some other large body of water, as it is never explicitly stated.

I liked the variety inherent in the different environments. The world is well populated and immersive, and there are a TON of things to click on in every screen of the game. Colorful little creatures bounce around, a starfish teaches you basic math, pearls shine and an opera fish performs a solo. It's worth exploring every inch just to see what crazy thing will happen next! These fun little events are synonymous with Humongous Entertainment's early point and click offerings, and they help bring the world to life.

The Graphics

The game has a very charming, almost handdrawn look to it (forgive me if the art actually IS handdrawn, I'm not very proficient at spotting the difference). The graphics are endearing and vibrant while simultaneously giving off the look of a cartoon. It's fun to look at and even runs in widescreen!

Character designs themselves aren't incredibly impressive, but their personalities more than make up for any obvious deficiencies.

The Sound

The music is serviceable and ambient, but not very memorable. The sound effects, on the other hand, are abuzz with life. You'll recognize many reused sound effects if you've played any other Humongous Entertainment games, and I guarantee they'll put a smile on your face.

The Verdict

I wholeheartedly recommend Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds. It's chock-full of educational and humorous content for younger minds. It looks and feels like an interactive animated television show, it has a strong identity and an altruistic endgame, but, most of all, it does exactly what it sets out to do: provide a meaningful experience. I think it's definitely worth a buy, though I'd recommend purchasing a reduced price. 7 dollars might be too much to some people for the amount of content you're provided.

I give Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds 9.5 out of 10 purple sea urchins.
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Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This unda-wata adventier is the most clam smackin' thing you've never played yet! If you've never bought a groupon with gramma grouper, then you haven't lived!
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
What can I say about the Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds? This game was released 22 years ago and I'm glad to be seeing it on Steam competing with several other AAA titles. When I was a boy, I very much enjoyed this game. It taught me a multitude of things. Such as friendship, bargoning, and not trusting strangers.

WARNING SPOILERS: When Freddi and Luther made a compromise with the villianous Boss and Spongehead, I couldn't help but shed a few tears. The idea of sharing Grandma Grouper's kelp seeds was truly a ballsy move by Luther. Squidfather was fond of the idea thus saving Luther's tail. Everybody in the sea can now have kelp seeds; making all the sea creatures happy :')

I rated this game 10 Grandma Grouper's kelp seeds out of 10 .
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
When all of fish kind is threatened with starvation, two unlikely heros will arise. Super sleuth Freddi Fish and her best friend Luther. Dive in to a vast open world filled with dark sea caves, reefs of all colors, canyons that stretch to the bottom of the lowest abyss, castles, sunken pirate ships and much more. Help Freddi and Luther gather clues to find Grandma Grouper's kelp seed treasure before it's too late. The lives of these precious fish, are in your fins.
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424 of 438 people (97%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
Hey look, my childhood is for sale on steam. Buy it.
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230 of 275 people (84%) found this review helpful
58 people found this review funny
Recommended
267.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
Sexual Euphamisms: The Game

May cause ADHD, herpes, incontinence, odd erections, tourettes syndrome, lack of sleep, loss of appetite, acne, stuttering, blurred vision, and pregnancy.

10/10 best game on Steam.
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136 of 150 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
dont trust the Ray, he sells drugs to little kids.
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114 of 121 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
Damn you nostalgia... >_<
Even though I had spend alot of monies on games this month, I had to buy this one. It brings up so many memories...
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142 of 163 people (87%) found this review helpful
96 people found this review funny
Recommended
180.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Prepare to leap out of the frying pan, and into the fiery bowels of hell's own molten magma kitchen stove in this all but candid, gritty, action thriller. Slay demons, vanquish peons, melt down physical embodiments of your own nightmares into piles of smoldering ash. Play as the gleaming jaws of justice known as Fredrick E. Fish with your glorious sidekick who owns the appearance of those peas you would always push around with your fork at the dinner table. Never again feel an empty hole within you, void of fish gutting, fin serating, slime slinging action; it is now right here at your fingertips' disposal. The only thing I could do when I launched this game was try and pick my jaw up from the floor due to the explosive impact of my kelp seeds being cast into oblivion. I can't give this game a 10/10, it would be too meager. Fish/10, would find my kelp seeds again.
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94 of 100 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
If childhood could be described with words it would be "Freddi Fish". 10/10 So much awesomness! Can't describe the feels!
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67 of 69 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
I picked this up for nostalgic purposes and I've gotta say, I still enjoyed it. It was a great kids game back in the day, and yet here I am again over a decade later finding Grandma Grooper's kelp seeds for old times' sake. If any of you parents on steam are reading this, for the love of God buy this game for your kid.
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53 of 55 people (96%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2015
One of the first games I ever played. 8 year olds play Call of Duty today, I played Freddi Fish.
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48 of 54 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
This game taught me Advanced math.

Masterpiece.
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58 of 70 people (83%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
Recommended
219.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
Originally released in 1994 for PC (the source for this review) and Mac, this game has now been resurrected on the Nintendo Wii as Freddi Fish: Kelp Seed Mystery. Sadly, regardless of the platform, Freddi Fish’s first adventure features far less of the engaging entertainment that those other franchises provide.

After an opening spent swimming through the ocean and greeting all her friends, Freddi soon learns that Grandma’s kelp seeds have been stolen. Ever the willing detective, Freddi and her finny friend Luther set out on the case. The story progresses by collecting bottles containing messages left by a bumbling shark to remind him where he’s hidden the seeds. This shark, along with his more competent boss, is working for the Squidfather (complete with his pet “catfish”), and occasionally you’ll see them pop up in cutscenes becoming increasingly worried about the repercussions if they don’t find the seeds.

It’s a bit disappointing that you never get to interact with Freddi’s foes, and they only ever meet face-to-face in the closing sequence. This creates a bit of disconnection between the plot and player, and there’s a distinct lack of thrill and excitement from the sharks’ involvement. Being able to sneak into the Squidfather’s cave to search around for clues would have been a much more gripping, tangible experience, or at least seeing evidence that trouble is closing in behind them. Some apparent threats are encountered along the way, like when Freddi and Luther have to distract a fishy guard dog or delve into the darkness of the sea to retrieve a bottle from an angry bottom dweller, but there’s never any fear of death or capture. As a result, there’s no sense of urgency, and most of the time the adventure feels like more of a leisurely swim than an important hunt with potential danger close at hand.

Freddi herself is a cheery young fish, and her chirpy and enthusiastic friend Luther tags along on her adventure, both of them keen to help out others in whatever way they can. As you progress, you will come across a whole host of different sea creatures. These colourful characters are wonderfully personified, from a jolly pair of finned pirates to the bucket-helmeted British castle guard fish to a shady stingray, each suitably matched with talented voice work. You don’t really spend a whole lot of time with them, so the conversations are quite condensed, but what dialogue there is will surely bring out a smile with its innocent humour and charm. The pirate song near the end of the game may even have children singing along in unison, and there’s a theatre you can pop into to watch a whole host of different performing acts, like a group of acrobatic carps or a one-octopus band.

Using just the mouse to control the cursor, Freddi Fish operates through a simple point-and-click interface. Chunky arrows indicate when a location can be entered, and the pointer highlights over clickable objects. Clicking can result in either picking up an item to store in the inventory at the bottom of the screen, or activating a bizarre animation in the environment – a flag folding back to reveal a fish showering behind it or a plant turning into a trumpet, for example – that are sometimes funnier than the actual game itself. Such simple interface and controls make the game a breeze for even young children to pick up and play.

The underwater setting had real potential to offer up an enchanting and exciting world to explore. Disappointingly, the game doesn’t capitalise much on this, instead offering fairly weak locales that aren’t very interesting to look at. There are only a couple of memorable places, like King Crab’s big wooden castle and a sunken ship, but they only stand out in comparison to the rest, as even these are rather underwhelming. The problem is that nothing breaks from the norm to produce anything fantastical: everywhere you look there are the same types of rocks, aquatic plants and debris, which may be realistic, but not particularly fun. After a while all the places you visit just merge into one bland underwater landscape, something that you wouldn’t expect from a children’s game. It doesn’t help that the sea world is poorly laid out, and with few labelled signposts it’s easy to become lost. In a game that’s full of such bright, vivid characters, it’s a shame the setting is the complete opposite.

The presentation isn’t all drab, though, because the music is extremely mesmerising. The soundtrack makes great use of steel drums, guitars and piano, among others, and is wonderfully relaxing to listen to. It’s a perfect fit with Freddi’s slow, easygoing adventure through the sea, but when the sharks occupy the screen, the game will kick in with some Jaws-inspired music to signify where their intentions lie. The music is one of the best parts of Freddi Fish, and while you won’t quite be humming them after you’ve finished playing, the songs can certainly have you tapping your foot along the way.

The puzzles are quite cleverly done, although they have a tendency to be quite easy, probably even for much of the younger target audience. There are times when Freddi will just outright say where the player has to go next and what they’ll have to do there. Rather than finding a suitable way to get the goal across, this method comes across as patronising rather than helpful, though fortunately it’s only done on occasion. When a solution isn’t blurted out by the protagonists, there are some fun, albeit simple, moments such as collecting shells to open a gate or feeding someone blocking a cave to be let past. Freddi usually has to help others in return for an item she needs, although some objects are discovered lying around the environment. You can also choose to engage in a math quiz hosted by a starfish, a fun learning experience for children with varying difficulty levels.

Unlike many other Humongous titles, there’s little to no replayability in Freddi Fish. Considering the game is incredibly short, clocking in at just one hour for me after exploring everything on offer, even the youngest players will be completely finished all too soon. Although the back of the box boasts a different world “every time you play”, the only thing that changes each time you begin a new game is where the bottles are, which is a trivial difference considering you can go anywhere you want at any time. On a single occasion you may encounter an extra puzzle involving a particular item that is otherwise irrelevant; a small step in a welcome direction that should have been more fully explored. During one playthrough, I even came across a bug in the bottle order that caused a whole chunk of the game to be skipped, advancing Freddi to the final location and effectively cutting out half the gameplay time in the process. It might not happen for others, but if it does it’ll certainly cause confusion and annoyance.

There’s definitely some childlike fun to be had with Freddi and Luther as they meet a whole host of colourful characters and help them in their troubles, but it’s hard to recommend The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds nearly as highly as Humongous Entertainment’s other superior offerings. Mind you


The Good: Nice variety of colourful characters; talented voice work; catchy music; charming animations.
The Bad: Extremely short; too easy at times, even for young ones; little to no replay value; bland environments and story.

Verdict: The first Freddi Fish isn’t as strong a debut as its older age counterparts, failing to fully capitalise on its underwater setting, though there’s some fun to be found by the young ones a single time through.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
good game love it 10/10
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38 of 43 people (88%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
An epic tale of how a fish and his egotistical, greedy friend (appropriately named luther) prevent starvation, take down a mob boss and return to grandma.

10/10
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39 of 46 people (85%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
Truly amazing. This game explores the deep consequences of choice.

Your grandma lost her weed, and she needs you to retrieve it so that she can continue her monopoly. On the way though, you discover that the Squid Fadda is also after the ripe recipe for drugs.

Dodge caping monsters, dastardly puzzles, and bio-chemical warfare in this truly spectacular tale.
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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2015
Freddi Fishes 10/10 right in the childhood
100% no kill run.
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
A really incredible old gem that i'm surprised people don't seem to think much about these days since quite a few grew up with it.

You play as Freddi, the dankest fish this side of the ocean, who is on her way to grab a new shipment of Sea-weed from her grandmothers famous Sea-weed farm. But it turns out that all the weed plants have been destroyed and the seeds for new ones stolen by a rival gang of sharks lead by none other than Cthulhu himself. Since your grandmother is to old to head out to the field on her own you are the only one who can retrieve them! You must venture out and save your Ocean drug cartel and defeat Cthulhu once and for all!

You're not alone on this difficult quest though as you have your sidekick crack dealer and childhood friend Martin Luther by your side.

Still, the game is wonderful and i'm surprised that this was the type of game you got included with your ceral back in the day.

Pros
-Good orchestrated soundtrack
-Challenging puzzles
-Great voice acting
-Deep story
-Well detailed and interactive environments
-Large open world enviorment (its the god-damn ocean afterall)
-Lots of action

Cons
-Fairly short.
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2015
Female fish Freddie and her friend Luther are on adventure looking for seeds, just like in real life. Very chill gameplay, a lot of activities: cinema, math lessons, clicking lessons, walking the dog, trading - basically GTAV but underwater. You can also help sea homies and get some respect in return. Music is VERY comfy.

GET IT.
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