Apr 18, 2013
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'Fish Out Of Water' is an insanely addictive game from the team behind 'Jetpack Joyride'
Skipping rocks doesn’t seem particularly fun or exciting — it’s an activity better suited for sad-movie montages than a game you can’t put down. But as the Halfbrick developers behind Jetpack Joyride and Fruit Ninja searched for a worthy follow-up to two of the most popular mobile games ever, skipping rocks proved much more addictive than anyone thought.
Fish Out of Water, available today for iOS, began as a dead-simple game in which you flicked your finger left-to-right to skip a rock across the water. “I ended up playing that version for, like, 20 hours,” Halfbrick CMO Phil Larsen said, “and all you’d do is skip that one stone and then you’d get your score out of 10.” Eventually satisfied that the core mechanic was as addicting as Fruit Ninja’s slice or Jetpack Joyride’s fly-and-shoot, Halfbrick’s developers and designers set about creating a world around it that’s much more complex than skipping rocks. 

'Fish Out Of Water' is an insanely addictive game from the team behind 'Jetpack Joyride'

Skipping rocks doesn’t seem particularly fun or exciting — it’s an activity better suited for sad-movie montages than a game you can’t put down. But as the Halfbrick developers behind Jetpack Joyride and Fruit Ninja searched for a worthy follow-up to two of the most popular mobile games ever, skipping rocks proved much more addictive than anyone thought.

Fish Out of Water, available today for iOS, began as a dead-simple game in which you flicked your finger left-to-right to skip a rock across the water. “I ended up playing that version for, like, 20 hours,” Halfbrick CMO Phil Larsen said, “and all you’d do is skip that one stone and then you’d get your score out of 10.” Eventually satisfied that the core mechanic was as addicting as Fruit Ninja’s slice or Jetpack Joyride’s fly-and-shoot, Halfbrick’s developers and designers set about creating a world around it that’s much more complex than skipping rocks. 

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