Tapping My Tapfish All Day Long
Simulated Fish Tanks Are Oddly Addicting
Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012 02:09
When my sister sat her boyfriend down for a serious talk, it wasn’t about him sneaking around or Facebook messaging other girls; instead, she had to talk to him about his Tapfish II addiction. He would spend at least an hour each night caring for his sixty simulated fish tanks. She begged him to ditch the fish and, out of love, he did.
Then he told me about Tapfish. He warned me, but I didn’t listen. And now I’m the one with the Tapfish addiction; I spend each night before bed, tapping my fake fish tanks, collecting stupid fish, and selling loads of green snappers.
Before I start to bore you with talks about breeding my clownfish with my blowfish (not a euphemism), let’s talk about what Tapfish II is. The game, created by Gameview Studios, simulates an aquarium where you can buy, sell, and breed fish. You can buy multiple fish tanks to hold said fish, but you can only do so with coins and “fish bucks.” In order to gain this “money,” you sell your fish. In order to sell your fish for more coins, you can put things in your fish tank, like plants, to make your fish happier and thus make them more valuable. Sounds silly, right? It is. But it’s also so addicting to a competitive person like myself.
So this game, where you basically just tap a screen and sell fish to no one sounds boring on paper. But in reality, it is addicting. Now I’m stuck with hundreds of fish that I can’t let die because of a weird emotional attachment. Pretending that they are alive is creepy, and I know that, but maybe I’m just one creepy iPhone owner.
Despite the fact that my sister’s boyfriend warned me about Tapfish II, I blame him for this addiction. I also can’t help but envy his sixty former tanks and wish he had just given them to me. I could’ve made them great.