After initially being teased and hinted at months ago, Fishville developer Zynga has finally released the Fish Arena! Players can now pit their fish against others in battle, and earn exclusive rewards along the way.
It works like this: First, players must purchase one of several fish designated as an “arena” fish. These fish have three stats: IQ, Agility, and Strength. These stats can be increased with special foods. The only way to get these foods right now is to buy them, but it is likely that more ways to earn them will be introduced over time.
Players can travel to the arena tank the same way they travel to any of their other tanks. Once there, players can click on one of their arena fish and click the “train” button to begin facing off against others. The actual fish battles themselves are automated – the player’s three fish stats are compared to their opponents stats, and the winner is determined based on these figures (with a bonus for having more Fishville neighbors).
Winning a fish battle earns a player some coins and XP, and can sometimes earn a random decoration, as well. Every battle won lowers you opposing fish’s HP. Reduce their XP to zero to perform a “Fish Knockout.” By performing more knockouts, players progress through the Fishville Arena ranks, earning more rewards along the way.
These exclusive arena decorations are for more than just looks, though. They also increase your fighting fish’s stats – the spiked coral can be used to give a fish +1 strength, for example. The final arena reward is an exclusive fish: the fabled Charcoal Lionfish.
And that’s about it! This is most certainly the biggest feature to come to Fishville in some time… maybe since the game launched. It might seem a little strange to introduce combat to something as peaceful as an aquarium, but we found the fish figting to be a fun diversion. Have you tried the arena yet? If so, what did you think? Leave a comment and let us know!
We have an extensive gallery of Fishville Arena pictures below.