Video Game / Freddi Fish

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Freddi Fish is a series of point-and-click children's games originally made by Humongous Entertainment, which was later bought by Atari. The series spans five Adventure Games and four Gaiden Games.

Freddi Fish is a yellow fish, who investigates problems with the help of her friend Luther, a small green fish. Problems that Freddi and Luther face usually involve a villain (often a Card-Carrying Villain) scaring the local fish through some sort of trick.

The Adventure Games, in order, are:
  • Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds (also known as Freddi Fish: Kelp Seed Mystery, and often referred to as Freddi Fish 1)
  • Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse (also known as Freddi Fish: Haunted Schoolhouse Mystery)
  • Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell (also known as Freddi Fish and the Stolen Shell)
  • Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch
  • Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove

The Gaiden Games, in order, are:
  • Freddi Fish and Luther's Water Worries
  • Freddi Fish and Luther's Maze Madness
  • Freddi Fish's One-Stop Fun Shop
  • Freddi Fish: ABCs Under the Sea (sometimes called Freddi Fish: ABC's Under the Sea or Freddi Fish: ABC Under the Sea)

The series also spawned multiple children's books (not all of which may have been published), including Freddi Fish and the Pirate's Treasure, Freddi Fish Notebook, Freddi Fish: A Whale of a Tale!, Freddi Fish: Boek is Zoek, Freddi Fish: Color and Activity Book, Freddi Fish: De Geheimzinnige Brief, Freddi Fish: Help! Een Draak!, Freddi Fish: Kleurenfestival, Freddi Fish: Leesplezier voor Beginnende Lezers, Freddi Fish: Meester Zeester in Nood, Freddi Fish: Superleuke Rekenoefeningen, Freddi Fish: Superleuke Schrijfoefeningen, Freddi Fish: The Big Froople Match, Freddi Fish: The Missing Letters Mystery, Freddi Fish: What's Different?, and Sing Along with Freddi Fish and her Friends (doubling as an Audio Adaptation). Additionally, the album Flabby Rode features the Dummied Out Cut Song "Fat Chants 2" from Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds.

A demo version of The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse can be downloaded from Infogrames, and a clickpoint demonstration of The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove can be played or downloaded from Spektakle.

Now available on Steam.


Tropes in the Freddi Fish series:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Water Worries, Maze Madness, and The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: This is how Freddi and Luther access the school's boiler room in The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse.
  • All Deserts Have Cacti: Freddi Fish 4.
  • Alliterative Name: Freddi Fish.
  • Alphabet Soup Cans
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: In Water Worries, Luther and Freddi always use the fin that's further from the player to hold their slingshots (and in Freddi's case, her net).
  • Amateur Sleuth: Freddi and Luther.
  • An Aesop: All the main games have one, usually Freddi telling others that it's wrong to steal kelp seeds/other children's toys/a ceremonial conch shell/a collection of hogfish/the deed to land you don't own. Ironically, while Freddi is the heroine of an Adventure Game, a genre infamous for its Kleptomaniac Heroes, Freddi herself doesn't steal and many puzzles rely on Freddi using a Chain of Deals so she can borrow something.
  • Angry Guard Dog:
    • The Junkyard Dogfish, in The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds and Maze Madness.
    • Marty's dogfish from The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Nadine is a female narwhal with a tusk, although she did say this is very rare.
  • The Anime of the Game: Was to have been created by Lancit Media Entertainment.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: If you fool around long enough, a character will randomly give you a hint.
  • Art Shift: This music video features 3D versions of Freddi and Luther.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Horst Fedders' native language is Foreign Sounding Gibberish.
  • Audio Adaptation: The Tie-In Novel Sing Along with Freddi Fish and her Friends came with a cassette tape of the same name.
  • Ax-Crazy: Freddi in the "Eddie Eats Luther" easter egg clip.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Boss and Spongehead in the first two games.
    • Bigger Bad: They still answer to The Squidfather.
  • Big Friendly Dog: The Junkyard Dogfish, in ABCs Under the Sea.
  • Blatant Lies: At the end of the first game, Luther tries to make himself look like he did all of the work and was being very brave.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Casey and his Opaque Nerd Glasses.
  • Bloody Hilarious: In The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, Freddi's Dummied Out Indulgent Fantasy Segue has her feed Luther to Eddie the Eel.
  • Bowties Are Cool: Mr. Starfish from The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds and the Tie-In Novel Freddi Fish: Meester Zeester in Nood wears a bowtie, as well as a monocle.
  • Brats with Slingshots: The closest thing Freddi and Luther have to a Weapon of Choice, though they never directly aim them at anyone. The one in The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse is actually a very high-tech device, complete with an attached targeting computer. The ones in Water Worries are more basic slingshots.
  • Butt Monkey: Luther.
  • The Cameo: Freddi talks to a fish version of Putt-Putt in the opening of the first game.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Freddi and Luther create the stories in One-Stop Fun Shop's storytime coloring book, so the five stories are most likely not canon.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: As noted above.
  • Coat Full of Contraband: Standard behavior for Ray, who's pretty much Honest John's Dealership without the dealership.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In Water Worries, the bubbles with red outlines are the ones with bad things in or on them.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The third game has one for each thief.
  • Cut Song: Some games' HE4 files contain Dummied Out music.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Water Worries is the only game to focus on Luther, with Freddi only being playable in two player mode.
  • Demoted to Extra: Spongehead and Boss, the Big Bads of the first two games, are reduced to a background joke in the third game (which is a Vacation Episode), and don't show up again after that.
  • Disguised in Drag: A throwaway All There in the Manual line strongly hints that Gill Barker's "twin sister" Gillian is actually Gill himself.
  • Downloadable Content: Freddi Fish's One-Stop Fun Shop had additional art that could be downloaded from Humongous' website.
  • Dummied Out:
    • The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds:
      • Freddi, Luther, and Eddie the Eel have an unused cutscene that can be unlocked by adding "EddieEatsLuther=1" (after the first time, that and "BretIsTheOverlord=1") to the game's section in the INI file.
      • The handle of the sword stuck in the barrel on the sunken ship's deck has two unused animations that can be unlocked by adding "EnableFishBradSword=1" (after the first time, that and "PeteIsAlsoTheOverlord=1") to the game's section in the INI file.
      • The game's HE4 file contains unused music, including "Fat Chants 2" (an alternate version of one of the game's background themes), which would later be featured on the album Flabby Rode.
    • The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse:
      • Freddi has an unused line that can be triggered by getting all five trap parts then checking the list (which can only be done by using the game's debug mode or ScummVM's debugger).
    • Water Worries:
      • An unused Level Editor exists, and it is fully-functioning. It can be accessed by typing "room 13" in ScummVM's debugger.
    • Maze Madness:
      • An unused early version of the Squoosh arcade mini-game from Putt-Putt Travels Through Time can be accessed by using ScummVM's debugger and typing "room 6." This version of the mini-game has four different pictures to reveal: the Seattle SuperSonics' '95-'01 logo, Luther pulling his fins out from the Junkyard Dogfish's mouth (a scene from Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds), Pep licking up Putt-Putt's vomit while Putt-Putt watches, next to Chuck Wagon (a Dummied Out scene from Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo), and 30 live-action people.
      • An unused Level Editor made for the developers exists, but it is unknown how to get it to test levels. It can be accessed either by adding RhettCool=1 to the game's section in the INI file and pressing "e" at any time during the gameplay, or by typing "room 5" in the debugger.
    • The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell:
      • The Conch thief's bag is an inventory item that can only be obtained by using the game's debug mode or ScummVM's debugger. It cannot be selected or used.
    • The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove:
      • For whatever reason, the very beginning of the game's HE4 file has the toy store theme from Putt-Putt Joins the Parade.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: SPY Fox appears in one of the theater movies for Freddi Fish 2, who didn't debut until a year later.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Freddi had a different design in the first game, mainly due to her upper fin being taller and less wide. It also is notably Darker and Edgier than the sequels.
    • Purple sea urchins are used merely to weigh down a bucket in order to access an area. In later games, they're used as currency.
  • Eenie, Meenie, Miny Moai: The background of Levels 41-50 in Water Worries.
  • Electric Jellyfish: Appear in Water Worries and The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch.
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Water Worries.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": As with Spongehead, Boss is never referred to by his unknown real name; instead, he's always referred to as what Spongehead called him in the first game.
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Boss and Spongehead. Also, the hungry pink shark from the fourth game.
  • Expanded Universe: The Tie-In Novels and Audio Adaptation.
  • Expo Speak: "Maybe I can move the pipe with TELEKINESIS: The raw power of my brain!"
    • Interestingly enough, although Luther couldn't get the pipe down with the TK, he did unknowingly lift a plane out of the ocean in the distance.
  • Expy: Jason from The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds is basically a fish version of Putt-Putt. He's even named after Putt-Putt's voice actor at the time.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: In The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, Freddi does this towards the player at the end of her Dummied Out Indulgent Fantasy Segue.
  • The Family for the Whole Family: The shark villains and their boss, The Squidfather.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: In The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, Freddi's Dummied Out Indulgent Fantasy Segue has her feed Luther to Eddie the Eel.
  • Fictional Currency: Purple sea urchins. There are at least five variations, all of which are more valuable: red sea urchins (worth two purple ones), blue sea urchins (worth three purple ones), gold sea urchins (worth four purple ones), and orange sea urchins (worth more than four purple ones; exact value unknown).
  • Fifteen Puzzle: Freddi Fish 2 has a sliding puzzle, but it's completely optional to complete. The only time you actually need to use it is if the trident is being held by the statue below it, and even then, you still only need to clear one space.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: "Frankly Freddi" on the old Humongous web site.
  • Funny Foreigner: Horst Fedders, mostly due to Freddi Fish 3's foreign language phrase book.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Freddi. Her voice is also ambiguous enough that it's fairly common for people to confuse her for male. This actually happens in-universe, and she corrects the other fish by saying "Excuse me, sir, but I'm a girl." This was possibly intentionally put in to confirm her gender for any unsure players.
  • Gentle Giant: In Freddi Fish 5, the sea monster Xamfear Duncan Dogberry Valentine turns out to be one of these.
  • Geographic Flexibility: ABCs Under the Sea takes locations from the first, fourth, and fifth games and puts them in completely different places. Grandma Grouper's house from the fifth game even appears twice (well, either that or she got a duplicate house)!
  • Grand Finale: Case of the Creature of Coral Cove is this for the series and Humongous in general, as it was the last adventure game produced by Humongous before their buyout from Atari. They went out with a bang, too- it's probably the most solid of all the Junior Adventures.
  • Guilt-Based Gaming: Luther will sometimes say this if you hit the "Stop" button at the end of the first game:
    Luther: Freddi! I'm melting!
  • Hammerspace: To the point where it gets lampshaded in the fourth game, after Freddi manages to store an entire piece of wood.
    Luther: How did you do that?
    Freddi: That's my special secret.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: The Junkyard Dogfish. In The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, he's hungry and growls at Freddi and Luther (biting Luther's tail fin if Freddi and Luther swim too close to him) after Luther accidentally wakes him up, but once Freddi gives him a bone he thanks her and leaves. In Maze Madness, he keeps chasing Freddi no matter how many times he takes a Peanut Butter and Jellyfish Sandwich from her. In ABCs Under the Sea, he (supposedly) sorts the junkyard's trash, and is happy to let Freddi and Luther help him sort it.
  • Invisible Parents: Despite being mentioned on the old Humongous website, Freddi's parents never show up in-universe.
  • The Hero: Freddi.
  • Hidden Object Game: The Tie-In Novel Freddi Fish: What's Different?
  • High-Class Glass: Mr. Starfish from The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds and the Tie-In Novel Freddi Fish: Meester Zeester in Nood wears a monocle, as well as a bowtie.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Luther pulls a few of these, which are usually followed by Don't Explain the Joke.
  • Indulgent Fantasy Segue: In The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, Freddi has a Dummied Out one where she feeds Luther to Eddie, then turns and makes a Eyelid Pull Taunt expression.
    Luther: Whatcha thinking about, Freddi?
    Freddi: Oh, nothing, Luther.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: Everything.
  • Keet: Luther.
  • Kid Hero: Freddi and Luther. Their ages aren't mentioned, but it's safe to assume they're five.
  • The Lancer: Luther.
  • Large Ham: Luther.
  • Level Editor: Maze Madness has one.
  • Linked List Clue Methodology: The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds has Spongehead's bottles that lead to Grandma Grouper's stolen kelp seed treasure.
  • Logo Joke: In comparison to the other Humongous games, the font on the "It's a Junior Adventure!" logo is light blue instead of yellow to give it an ocean-like feel (with the exception of the fourth game which goes back to the yellow scheme, and the fifth which lacks it altogether).
  • Long Song, Short Scene:
    • The ending theme to the second game. It's actually three separate songs put together in the same cut scene, and they all change upon a specific point, so a good half of it is unheard of in-game.
    • The intro/ending theme for Water Worries is cut off 40 seconds in, when the whole thing is about a minute and 3 seconds before looping once.
  • Long Title: All the main games. Just look at the top of the page.
  • Mad Libs Dialogue: Especially in Water Worries.
    • The math minigame from the first game makes use of this whenever the characters utter the numbers.
  • Mayincatec: the temple from Stolen Conch.
  • Maze Game: Maze Madness.
  • Message in a Bottle: The Linked List Clue Methodology in The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds. The museum in The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse includes a similar bottle, which in Freddi's words "looks awfully familiar."
  • Minigame Game: ABCs Under the Sea.
  • Multiple Endings:
    • In the third and fourth games, the culprit is different every time you finish the game, and each has a different motive for why they committed the crime the game centered around. In the third game, the clue for who the culprit is an item in the bag they drop just after freeing Luther; in the fourth, it's an item sitting on a crate in the hideout.
    • In the first game, Fiddler Crab and Gabby are both trapped side characters that you can rescue. However, depending on the paths you get, you can end up finishing the game without rescuing one or the other (for Gabby, it's always possible since you only need three of the seven purple sea urchins; for Fiddler Crab, the second bottle has to be at the junkyard instead of the deep canyon, otherwise you will have to use his fishing pole). Should you do this, neither one of them shows up in the ending.
  • Musical Episode: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse and the Tie-In Novel/Audio Adaptation Sing Along with Freddi Fish and her Friends, which feature the same songs.
  • Nerd Glasses:
  • Never Say "Die": Strangely averted in the first game, but played straight through the rest of the series. Maze Madness and Water Worries refuse to call losing a life "dying".
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: A non-superhero example—in ABCs Under the Sea, Augie the octopus suddenly has the ability to change color.
  • Notice This: Important objects will wiggle, glow, sparkle, and possibly emit noises. Often one of the characters will comment on it upon entering the scene.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: In ABCs Under the Sea, Grandma Grouper appears in two different locations, and no matter how quickly Freddi swims from one to the other, Grandma will always be there already.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: As with Boss, Spongehead is never referred to by his unknown real name; instead, he's always referred to as what Boss called him in the first game.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Freddi and Luther.
  • Point of No Return: Finding the last Plot Coupon usually acts as this; e.g. the last clue bottle in Kelp Seeds moves you on to the sunken ship or the last golden pipe in Stolen Conch Shell moves you on to the temple. The second game is the only one to not have this.
  • Poison Mushroom: Water Worries has Wiggler Worms, which cause Luther or Freddi to wiggle around for a period of time, effectively enlarging their hitbox as well as making it harder to aim at smaller bubbles.
  • Psycho Electric Eel: Eddie plays the role well, but he's easily bribed with food.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: One-Stop Fun Shop reuses music from previous games.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Barnacle Bob.
  • Right-Hand Cat: The Squidfather has a pet catfish.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: Used to capture the "ghost" at the end of the second game.
  • Same Language Dub
  • Schmuck Bait: Luther uses his Codfish Commando action figure for this at the end of the second game.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: In The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse and the One-Stop Fun Shop storytime coloring book story A Ghost Story, the ghost is actually Boss and Spongehead in disguise.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The coconut crab from the "Crab Invaders" minigame in "The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse", Nadine the narwhal from "The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell", and the jawfish from "The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove".
  • Severely Specialized Store: Just Buckles from Freddi Fish 4.
  • Shout-Out: In Water Worries, the background of Levels 91-100 has a piratey-looking skeleton holding on to a treasure chest. The name on the treasure chest is partially obscured, but starts with "G. Th..." and ends with "...od." Given where Humongous's co-founder Ron Gilbert came from, this is almost certainly a reference to Guybrush Threepwood.
  • Shrinking Violet: The Shy Octopi from Water Worries.
  • Simpleton Voice: Spongehead the shark has one. In Maze Madness, he has a simpleton laugh.
  • Slice of Life: ABCs Under the Sea could be considered this, especially since time does pass in-game.
  • Slippery as an Eel: Eddie the Eel is depicted as a trickster who prevents Freddi and Luther from trying to go where they needed to, unless he is bribed.
  • Species Surname: According to "Frankly Freddi" on the old Humongous web site, "Fish" is Freddi and her Unnamed Parents' surname.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": A non-character example—the title of ABCs Under the Sea is sometimes spelled as ABC's Under the Sea (which is grammatically incorrect) or ABC Under the Sea.
  • Standard Snippet
  • Stock Femur Bone: Found in the first game, and used to placate the Junkyard Dogfish.
  • Stylistic Suck: Many of the theater movies are this.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Freddi Fish 5 replaces Gill Barker with his previously unmentioned twin sister Gillian.
  • Tastes Like Friendship: Eddie the Eel is easily bribed with food.
  • They Have the Scent:
    • In Maze Madness, the Junkyard Dogfish is the hardest enemy to avoid.
    • In The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell, Old Soggy needs to smell all three Golden Pipes in order to track the scent of the Great Conch Shell.
  • Thief Bag: In Freddi Fish 3.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Boss and Spongehead, especially in the first game, where they exist only to have exposition orgies in the cutscenes.
  • Threatening Shark: The aforementioned. Gill Barker is also the only recurring suspect, potentially committing the crime in both the third and fourth game.
  • Tie-In Novel
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Worm Doodles for Luther.
  • Translation Train Wreck: In-universe example—Freddi Fish 3's foreign language phrase book turns everything into Word Salad Humor, with only plot-significant phrases surviving enough to be understandable.
  • The Unintelligible: The Squidfather.
  • Video Game Caring Potential / Video Game Cruelty Potential: In The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, rescuing Fiddler Crab, rescuing Gabby or giving Herman the non-glowing shell may not be necessary depending on which path you're following, but the option of helping them or not is still open to you.
  • Villainous Crossdresser: It's heavily implied, at least in the manual, that Gill Barker's twin sister Gillian from the fifth game is actually Gill himself in drag. While Gillian is never antagonistic, the fact that Gill was a potential culprit in the previous two games probably has something to do with why he now travels in disguise.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: One-Stop Fun Shop's Freddi-o-Matic and Luther-o-Matic.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: ABCs Under the Sea is sometimes called ABC's Under the Sea
  • A Winner Is You: Maze Madness.
  • Word Salad Humor: Freddi Fish 3's foreign language phrase book.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: The enemies in Maze Madness.
  • You Meddling Kids: This line comes out of Marty in the fifth game upon picking up the food sample after entering Coral Cove Park:
    Marty: Those meddlesome kids are going to ruin my grand plan.
  • Unnamed Parent: According to "Frankly Freddi" on the old Humongous web site, Freddi's parents' names are Mr. and Mrs. Fish.

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