After six consecutive days of diving in the pristine turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea, you could say that I’m going through a little bit of withdrawal. So much so that I, someone who usually hates playing any kind of computer/iPhone game including Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies and the like, have downloaded Tap Reef 2, a mind-numbingly pointless game where 3D fish and turtles swim around in an artificial reef and wait for me to feed, pet and even breed them (hey, it’s a form of exercise).
So far, I’ve got Edwards the red snapper, Dolores the green sea turtle, Walton the jelly fish and Barr the Atlantic cod (pre-named, of course) swimming around in my reef, and for some odd reason I’ve also got an aztec pyramid in the background of my reef. I’m still waiting to earn enough sand dollars to trade in my common sea creatures for some of the more exotic breeds that I saw in Malaysia like the toothy Titan Triggerfish, you-cant-see-me Painted Frogfish or maybe the cute as a button and doe-eyed Black Blotched Porcupinefish?
The game is actually a little like a tamagotchi from the ’90s, prompting you when the fish are hungry and/or lonely, or when they’ve matured into adults for breeding. The only thing different is that when the fish die (which hopefully won’t happen to mine), you can actually resurrect them with some points or cash, but I haven’t figured that part out yet.
|Meet my fish!|
For now, Tap Reef 2, with its eerie background music and somewhat annoying underwater bubble sound effects, is (sadly) the closest thing I have to being back in the deep blue sea swimming among schools of jackfish, barracudas, sharks, bat fish, puffer fish, corals, sea turtles, etc… Oh, by the way, the app is FREE so if anyone out there is interested in or already playing it too, let me know, we can cross breed! 😉