AMSTERDAM, July 1, 2013 Today, the Dutch browsergame developer GamoVation B.V. has released the closed beta of their multiplayer social fishing game, FISHAO. A strangely cute 2D open world MMO, which combines gameplay elements of Pokémon and Animal Crossing.
Finally, after more than 2 years, the closed beta of FISHAO is released. Today, players can sign up with their own unique beta key and experience the colorful world of FISHAO. To obtain a beta key, GamoVation has made an online tool to claim your own unique beta key at: http://get.fishao.com. Fill in your e-mail address and you will instantly be sent your own key to sign up for free at https://www.fishao.com.
FISHAO (Fish Always Online) is a real-time multiplayer game which is playable in a browser. It is not a simple point and click puzzle game, but a true cute looking open world fishing browsergame. It’s a social game that will be available both on Facebook and at FISHAO.com.
Players can customize their own character, meet new friends, compete in online tournaments, complete achievements and catch many fish (more then 150) to complete their Fishdex.
The real-time multiplayer aspects are being utilized in a variety of ways. Players walk around in real-time through each zone with more than 100 players per area. They can chat with each other, add each other as friends, and play minigames where co-operation is necessary.
In each area NPC’s can be seen walking around. They tell funny stories, give you tips or even quests. “Players can talk to NPC’s and some of these NPC’s can give you access to restricted subareas or give you a daily quest to catch a certain amount of a specific fish”, says Joppe Houpt (CEO).
The idea came from the Creative Director of the company, Daimy Stroeve: “Maybe the serious part of fishing is not suitable for everyone, but at least the surprise factor of fishing can be fun for everyone”, he goes on to explain, “We have a well-thought out algorithm, some fish can only be caught at a specific time or month. For example a certain type of fish may only be catchable in July, at night. The social factor is in addition to the actual fishing part, which is the biggest asset of the game.”