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FETCH Review by CasualGameGuides.com

Dog lovers can’t help but fall madly in love with Fetch, the latest game from the development team that brought us the popular Drawn games. Fetch is a heartwarming story of a young boy desperately searching for his beloved dog, Bear, who has been kidnapped by the corrupt Embark Corporation. Can you find and rescue Bear and all the other missing dogs this evil empire has stolen? Find out in this one-of-a-kind adventure game for your iPad.

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Digital Trends Review: FETCH mixes a Pixar-like story with classic point-and-click adventuring

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Let’s face it: Mobile games aren’t exactly known for being narrative driven. Are you really all that concerned with what makes the birds in Angry Birds so angry? Are you invested in their plight, or do you just want to launch them at some poorly constructed buildings? Probably the latter, right? And that’s fine. Generally when you’re playing a game on your phone or tablet, it’s because you don’t have the time or attention that you would while sitting down in front of the TV or computer to play. You’re less immersed in a story and more distracted by an action. Mobile games are supposed to be time killers, but Big Fish Games wants to break that mold. It has a story to tell in Fetch, and it’s a story you will not want to miss playing through.

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Big Fish Games spared no expense when developing Fetch and it immediately shows. The visuals are not only stunningly gorgeous but are also stylized in such a way that makes it stand out from any other experience you’ve ever had on your iPad. Past games have shown us the graphical power of mobile devices, but few have ever created something so eye-catching. It’s color palette is so perfectly presented that every frame looks like it’s been hand-painted.

Equally as impressive in Fetch is the emphasis on story. You play as a young boy – also clearly the target demographic of this game, except gender neutral - who has been segregated from his beloved dog. The four-legged friend has fallen into the possession of malicious corporate robots and you must retrieve him, a task that will require you to take course on a pretty epic adventure. The story seems like it was picked up from a Pixar script that was never made because the morality is a little too straight forward. Good and evil can’t be drawn too much clearer than a boy and his dog versus heartless hunks of metal that work for a slimy megacorp. But that doesn’t make it any less worth telling.

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And tell a story, Fetch does. Though it’s billed as an action-adventure game, it might be best to approach Fetch as more of a point-and-click adventure with action interludes. After your dog is captured by a robot in a fire hydrant disguise, you take to the sewer to start your quest. From that point on, almost everything on screen becomes interactive. You can click on just about any part of the screen and have something occur, though it often doesn’t actually drive the story forward. Regardless, the animations are fun and pretty slick, never bogging down the game. They’re often an entertaining extra.

Of course, sometimes the sheer amount of interaction works against Fetch. There are moments that you are required to move to an object before interacting while others you can access at will. The lines on this are never really clearly drawn, which can make for the occasional confusion in figuring out what you’re supposed to do.

Throughout the majority of the game you’ll be trying to find arcade cabinets, which is where the action comes in. The games present different challenges to you and they play a lot like flash games you might have encountered during various bouts with boredom on the Internet. Never too difficult than a very basic puzzle, the arcade games break up the adventure aspects well enough, but they aren’t overly memorable. They exist just to spit out an item that you need to continue advancing the story. But that’s what we’re here for anyway.

Unless you’re an absolute completionist, Fetch will probably be a fairly short experience, no longer than, say, a kids movie. Really, that’s what the game is. It’s an interactive kid’s movie that you can hand off to a young’n and know it won’t frustrate them but will keep them more than occupied for an extended stretch of time. A full play through, especially for someone who has played a fair share of flash games and adventure titles, probably won’t top the ninety minute mark or so. Regardless of length, the storytelling and amazing artistry that are on display in Fetch makes it an experience well worth having. It’s not the best game you’ll ever play, but it might be the most memorable game you’ll encounter on the iPad.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/fetch-great-ios-game-big-fish-games/#ixzz2QGoAqydN

“A family game with tons to explore” ~CNET Review

The good: Fetch is a fun touch-screen adventure with colorful graphics, an incredibly touchable interactive world, and is filled with small challenges and mini-games to keep you interested.

The bad: Some of the touch zones require precise taps, resulting in mild frustration as you circle back to the same spot to try it again.

The bottom line: Fetch is an entertaining adventure for both kids and adults alike, with colorful cartoon-like graphics, an extremely touchable interface full of little items to interact with, and challenging puzzles to solve as you explore a fantastical world.

Fetch for iOS is a touch adventure game that plays like an animated movie, letting you explore a strange world as a young boy in search of his lost dog.

Made for children, but fun for adults, too, Fetch combines a great-looking artistic style, rich sounds, and mysterious environments with tons of touch-screen interaction as you set off on your adventure. The story revolves around the disappearance of a little boy’s dog named Bear and the lengths he must go through to get him back. Quickly, he finds out that dogs are being stolen around the world, and he sets out to find out who is behind the dognappings.

The controls change depending on which part of the game you are playing. In the world of Fetch, you simply touch a place on the screen to move to that location. But there are also photos, posters, and signs you can touch to get a close-up and find out another clue that will move you along in the game. Some of the puzzles are fairly challenging, requiring several separate tasks that have you moving about the world, collecting items, pulling switches, and more. But just about everything is touchable, and it’s fun to see what each thing will do when you tap it.

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Integral to the adventure are Fetch’s many mini-games. Scattered throughout the world are playable arcade-like games that often pertain to the storyline of the game. In one game you need to fend off attacking pirates to get a chest full of gold. You can then use that gold to buy quest items that push you further into the story. The mini-games are mostly pretty simple, but I like the way each of them ties in to the overall story.

Part of what makes this game so charming is the audio. Creepy wind sounds and music accompany you on your journey, and all the sounds including the little boy’s grunts as he climbs a rope to the splashes of fish jumping from the water are all very well done.

The one small annoyance I found with the game was in some of the touch interactions. In some cases you’ll be touching one thing, but the game will read it as a nearby activation zone, forcing you to go back and try again. It didn’t happen that often in my testing, but it’s good to know beforehand.

Overall, Fetch is an entertaining adventure for both kids and adults alike, with colorful cartoon-like graphics, an extremely touchable interface full of little items to interact with, and challenging puzzles as you explore the world. If you want to check out a slow-paced, but well-made adventure game, Fetch is a great option.

Read the article, and review the game!, on CNET.com

MAC Life – Fetch Review

Poised to carve out its spot as one of the most adorable and enchanting point-and-click puzzle adventures of the year, Fetch spins a lighthearted storybook tale of a boy and his search to recover his best pal, a peppy dog named Bear. This charming, science fiction-tinged adventure packs plenty of pooches, perils, and puzzles to pursue, and its kid-friendly vibe makes it a good pick for a game to play with the family.

Fetch’s young protagonist initially sets out into a gloomy, futuristic world to explore, and overcomes obstacles as he searches for his furry friend who’s been dognapped by robots. It’s a laid-back quest that takes some interesting turns through an island infested by robot pirates and, oddly enough, Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. Each beautifully-crafted setting is full of interactive elements to poke at, from bubbles of ooze to pop to bird feathers to ruffle, along with caged animals to release. While not every interactive object you fiddle with has a purpose, Fetch’s delightful puzzles are intuitive and inventive. They’re not particularly challenging, but that doesn’t wreck their creative fun.

Collectible hunts and mini-games pop up at frequent intervals, which offer amusing asides that loosely tie into puzzles and your overall progression from one area to the next. Battling pirate ship bombardments, feeding rainbow-spewing sharks, and blasting alien asteroids are among other gaming diversions sprinkled amidst the adventure. They’re varied and entertaining to be sure, though don’t expect a lot of depth in each arcade-like activity.

Playing Fetch often feels like you’re delving through a colorful storybook, and its locations and thoughtful characters bring the world to life with lots of opportunity for interaction. It’s a touching adventure that resonates well with players of all ages, though it’s particularly attuned to dog lovers and younger gamers.

The bottom line. It doesn’t take a long time to play through Fetch from start to finish, but this whimsical, kid-friendly puzzle journey is brimming with style and charm.

Read: http://www.maclife.com/article/reviews/fetch_review

FierceMobileContent.com – Fetch #1 for March 2013

‘Fetch’ – Best new Android, iOS apps of March 2013

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Developed over the course of an entire year at a cost of more than $1 million, Fetch elevates the storytelling possibilities of the mobile gaming medium: Smart, funny and heartfelt, it’s the iPad equivalent of a Pixar animated feature and packs a comparable emotional wallop.

Fetch recounts the adventures of Milo, a young boy whose beloved dog Bear is captured by an automated fire hydrant. To rescue his furry friend, Milo must vanquish aliens, battle giant alligators and pilot his own rocket ship, a tale that unfolds across a series of puzzles and mini-games inspired by arcade favorites of days gone by; each new challenge expands and enriches the underlying narrative, and while Milo’s desperate search for Bear proves deeply affecting, credit Big Fish for avoiding cheap sentimentality.

Fetch’s richly drawn characters and larger-than-life storyline may evoke the spirit and sensibilities of classic animated films and children’s picture books, but its technological innovations would be unthinkable in any medium other than mobile. Virtually every item in the game is interactive and responds directly to the user’s touch–for example, tapping bubble wrap will make it pop. It’s an approach that essentially demands players proceed slowly and methodically, exploring each and every facet of Milo’s world, and the more time you spend with Fetch, the more impressive its achievements become–it’s an instant classic, a boy-loves-dog tale that rejuvenates and reinvents the trope in one fell swoop.

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Fetch (Developed by Big Fish Games)
Available for: iPad
Price: $4.99

Read more: ‘Fetch’ – Best new Android, iOS apps of March 2013 – FierceMobileContent

Kotaku – FETCH Review

Fetch Could Have Been an Animated Feature. Instead It’s an Utterly Charming iPad Game.

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.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Fetch

Fetch 4Every week, it seems like Apple has found the most innovative, unique, and interesting game ever. Then, the new Editor’s Choice spotlight comes out and it outshines the previous one. Last week, Apple gave us an amazing photo editing app. Repix is more than just a digital filter app. You can add effects to designated areas with stylus drawing controls.

This week, Apple spotlights a game like no other. What seems more like an animated feature than a video game, Fetch is an adventure that will draw you deep into its story while entertaining you with lighthearted humor, innovative gameplay, and detailed graphics.

Players control a spunky boy who is on a mission to save his dognapped best friend from the clutches of the evil Embark Industries. Along the way, rescue pups, collect dog tags, and reveal the truth behind Embark’s diabolical pet theft.

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As you move between scenes, you’ll be able to tap various objects in the background to see what will help you get to the next phase. There may be an obvious goal in one scene. For example, you may need to lower the water level in the sewer system. But, there are additional tasks you may not even realize you need to deal with until three scenes later, like rescuing a giant alligator.

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The game incorporates puzzle challenges like figuring out what level the water should be in order to raise a platform so you can grab a key that you need to unlock a cage. It also includes some fun arcade games that will help you advance in the game.

For example, one of the arcade games requires players to toss bombs at approaching pirate ships in order to earn coins that must be used later in the game to purchase items to help the boy get to the next scene.

The graphics of the game’s movement is on an epic level. For example, when the boy needs to drop down from a hanging rope, he will actually look down before making the jump.

Fetch 1The game comes with a high price tag. For some games, five dollars is really pushing the limits, but Fetch makes the premium price seem like a serious bargain. If you are a fan of casual adventure games with simple puzzle games, you’ll really fall for Fetch.

For its innovative gameplay, exciting graphics, and clever story, it is easy to see why Apple chose Fetch as this week’s App Store Editor’s Choice.

Arcade Sushi – Fetch Review

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Every once in a while I get to review a game that totally catches me off-guard. I usually try to keep expectations low so that I can properly gauge a game’s merits as objectively as I can. But with that said, I’m afraid I’m also guilty of knee-jerk judgments based on a game’s title and the handful of screenshots that the App Store offers for preview purposes. Most of the time, these snap judgments are right on the money. In Fetch’s case? Well … I was ass-backwards wrong.

Sure, I thought the art from the preview screenshots looked cool, but I was expecting nothing more than a title filled with mini-games that would be fun distractions. I was expecting mediocre fare at a fairly premium price of $4.99. Instead, what I found was an immensely satisfying title with all of the heart of a Pixar film and the interactivity of an old-school adventure game from the days of Sierra.

At it’s heart, Fetch is the story of a boy searching for his missing dog. Strange forces are afoot in this world, which results in our tiny hero’s dog, Lucky, being dognapped by some nefarious robots. What ensues is an adventure across parts unknown to retrieve a boy’s best friend.

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The artwork in this game is gorgeous. The environments are so detailed and lush that even the sewers look like a mysterious world that’s meant to be explored. Peppered throughout each screen are points of interactivity that help broaden the experience and let players know more about both the story and the world around them. All you have to do is tap around on the different objects to have the boy use them or pick them up.

See a skull on the floor? Tap on it and then watch it chatter around and flap its jaw. See some bubbles rising out of the muck in the sewers? Pop those bad boys and be rewarded with that gratifying onomatopoeic sound. There’s plenty to touch and you’re welcome to explore, especially since a lot of puzzles need to be solved by interacting with the environment.

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Thankfully, the puzzles aren’t very taxing and never slow down the story or get you stuck. In fact, you can solve them so quickly that you’ll wonder if you somehow skipped a step or two. To break up the tedium of solving environmental riddles back to back, some puzzles require you to play arcade games in order to earn some sort of resource (coins and other prizes), so that you can keep making progress through the game.

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The collection of arcade mini-games is a representation of some of the best that casual gaming has to offer and can be pretty damn fun in their own right. In fact, you might like them so much that you’ll want to play them over and over. It should delight you to know that you’ll have access to each unlocked mini-game from the game’s pause menu, so you can take quick arcade breaks while you’re waiting to solve a puzzle, as often as you like.

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Continuing through the game is like watching a film. Actually, the game takes a little over an hour to complete, so it’s on par with most movies’ running times. And like I said, it’s got all of the charm of a Pixar flick, which is augmented since you can take the time to really take in the beautiful environments and the artistry that went into crafting them.

You’ll always want to hurry up and solve an area’s challenges just to get to the next screen and see how beautifully-animated it is and discover what kind of quirky characters inhabit it. A personal favorite character of mine is a bored Pirate Boy who has set up a stand in the middle of an island and sells items while looking supremely bored. He also throws swords around to remind himself that he got his own sword stuck in a rock located across a river of piranhas. Fun, right? Oh, and there’s a bird that eats coconuts until he’s so fat that he can be loaded into a catapult.

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But eventually, all of the fun and wonder has to end, and end it does. You’ll hardly believe that you’ve completed the game once the denouement plays on your iPad, but there it is. So if there is one big criticism I have about this game, it’s that it ends too abruptly and you’re left wanting more.

You can play the game again to see how much you can score and compare yourself with the global leader board, but you’ll have to search through every nook and cranny of Fetch and have lightning-quick reflexes during some of the skill challenges for that. Still, it’s a pretty cool incentive to play again. And of course, you can play the arcade games to your heart’s content.

Sure, it may be a tad pricey at $4.99, but it’s worth every single penny. If you’re looking to have a light-hearted adventure experience filled with all sorts of wonderful art and a touching story, then Fetch is for you. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a dog to find — again.

App Store Link: Fetch for iPad | By Big Fish Games | Price: $4.99 | Version: 1.0.0 | 766 MB | Rating 4+

9.5 out of 10 arcade sushi rating

Slide to Play – Fetch Review – Fetch the Game

Fetch is a delightful game from Big Fish with a foot in each of two worlds: One is the adventure genre, where you have to solve environmental puzzles in order to progress, and the other is the world of animated e-books, where parents and their kids can follow a story together on the iPad. Since Fetch features a dog, we can also say that it gets its paws into the arcade/action genre, plus the genre of family-friendly movies typically released by Pixar and Disney.

Living in these four worlds at the same time is a remarkable task. Fetch manages to be highly entertaining and interactive for players of all ages, but we think it will be especially meaningful to parents and their young kids. There are a handful of logic puzzles that require you to think, and some twitchy action sequences that require you to move quickly, but most of the time you’ll feel swept away by the game’s characters, storyline, and presentation.

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At the beginning of Fetch, you play as a young boy who takes his dog on a walk in the grungy, robot-filled future. The bond between the dog and the boy seems to be the only good thing left in a Blade Runner-style city of lit-up advertisements and mechanical servants. It isn’t long before the boy’s dog is stolen by an overly-defensive automated fire hydrant, and the boy has to follow his dog through sewers, a pirate cove, and even Seattle’s real-life MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) in an attempt to rescue his dog.

It turns out Operation Fetch is in effect, and the CEO of the robot-manufacturing company is looking to reclaim his lost youth by finding a dog that resembles his old, long-lost pooch. While there’s a slight element of danger, mainly Fetch feels like a lighthearted adventure, though the boy’s desperation will likely tug on your heartstrings as well.

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One of the reasons Fetch works so well as a game, and not, say, as an e-book or animated short, is because of the level of interaction found on each screen. From the beginning, you can touch and interact with most of the background elements– poking skulls in the sewers to make their teeth chatter, or bothering the birds on pirate island. You can even pop the bubble wrap that comes with your first arcade prize, and you’ll get a special achievement if you pop it all.

Puzzle-wise, Fetch starts to lose its steam in the second half. The first half features a brilliantly layered series of puzzles to navigate the sewers, and then another quality scene follows in the land of the pirate robots. After that, there’s an extensive shooting gallery set in a future version of Seattle’s real MOHAI, and then a quick sprint to the ending.

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You can replay any of Fetch’s minigames as you unlock them, but we didn’t think they were much of a highlight. They mostly serve to add variety and provide essential quest items. What will stick with you long after finishing Fetch are not the arcade games, but the overall story and atmosphere, which are very cinematic.

It took us 90 minutes to play through Fetch entirely (without collecting every hidden dog collar or secret achievement), but like a good movie, we think the experience will make a lasting impression. Despite its brevity, Fetch is an incredibly moving piece of interactive entertainment. It’s currently on display at Seattle’s MOHAI as an example of art in gaming, and by publishing it on the App Store, Big Fish Games is doing their part to bring art to the masses.

Read: http://www.slidetoplay.com/review/fetch-review/