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Video GameClawfish Review
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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 8 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Clawfish is a puzzle game with a strong focus on relaxation rather than skill or difficulty. Similar to an arcade claw machine, you try and catch fish from various fish tanks, collecting all the different types, before putting the fish back into the ocean. Its calming soundtrack and simple aesthetic make this a good game to wind down with.

Play starts with you arriving at Clawfish Station, where there are 31 different fish to collect from a variety of claw machines scattered about. You operate the claw machines using your keyboard. The aim is to line up the claw with the fish below and then press a button to descend the claw and catch them. Each machine offers a slightly different challenge, such as reduced visibility or smaller fish, but all remain relatively easy.

It's a simple game that offers a novel way to relax and switch off from the outside world for an hour or so.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/06/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: David Czar (@DavidCzar_)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 1 hour to complete. With a strong focus here on relaxation rather than gameplay, catching all the fish is a relatively simple matter that will only take a short while, but with plenty of atmosphere and attractive visuals, you may stay around for longer.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

3+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. With simple visuals and calming atmosphere, it's a little like playing a board book. Even very young children will be able to handle the straightforward fish-catching mechanics, although moving around the world may need a little help at first.

CostsCosts

Clawfish usually costs £2.09.
 

Clawfish

Steam Store PC £2.09
Steam Store Mac £2.09
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Clawfish Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
Although there are no difficulty settings, as the game is more focused on creating a relaxing experience than on difficulty, there are minimal reaction-based challenges.

There is occasional dialogue in the game which is presented as speech bubbles, and you can choose to read all of the signs and advertisements scattered about (although these have no impact on the gameplay and are there only for extra detail). The text is often rather small and cannot be adjusted, but is high contrast.

In some of the tanks, the fish blend in with the water (this is intentional to slightly increase the challenge of the section). Other than this, the game is very bright and colourful and everything is easily distinguishable.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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