You could search the iTunes app store for days and not come close to finding a game with the charm and polish of Big FishGames' Fetch. It's an animated movie come to life, an adventure riddled with arcade action wrapped around a warm beating heart. It's the story of a boy and his dog.
While I am not a dog owner, I understand the power of a yipping ball of fluff. Even in Fetch's oddly-charming dystopian future a furry friend can grant hope and joy to a young boy, so when a robotic fire hydrant captures our young hero's pal Bear, adventure must ensue.
The story of Fetch unfolds through animated cutscenes aimed at tugging the heartstrings of the young and young-at-heart alike. Remember the time we played fetch by the tree? Wouldn't it be great if we could do that again? Oh wait, your dog has been stolen by evil corporate robots. You'd better go find him.
More than just pointing and clicking (though there is plenty of that here), Fetch offers action in the form of arcade mini-games played on actual arcade systems. The games themselves are simple casual fare, but in the context of a grand animated adventure they inject excitement into what might have been just a delightful walk with the odd button-press.
$4.99 is a pretty steep price for an iOS adventure that only lasts two hours, but there is worth in high production values and a well-developed futuristic world. I wish there was more to Fetch — it easily could have been a full-length animated feature — but what I got is good enough for now.
- Developer: Big Fish Games
- Platform: iPad
- Price: $4.99