Big Kahuna Reef

Posted by staff | Posted in Nintendo DS | Posted on 05-11-2010


  • A Gorgeous Underwater Adventure
  • Discover Exotic Sea Life
  • Revolutionary Multi-Player “Mouse Party” Gameplay
  • Go Hawaiian In This Classic Matching Game.

Product Description
Go Hawaiian in this gorgeous underwater adventure! Discover Sea Turtles and other aquatic life as you break open boxes in this classic style matching game, questing for the Mask of the Tiki. Using the revolutionary Mouse Party, you can play with multiple players on the same computer through an almost infinite number of levels, thanks to the included level editor. As you play, you will uncover greater challenges including the Skeleton Fish of Kamehameha. Lead on Kahu… More >>

Big Kahuna Reef

Comments posted (5)

I bought this after playing the demo. It is the perfect casual game for a netbook user. It plays flawlessly on my Eee PC 900HA.

The game is simple and easy to pickup. Unique puzzle shapes and “locked” cells add some challenge to the typical match-3 style game play.

What I liked most was the fact that it had a built-in screen saver. This is a virtual aquarium of sorts, customizable with 22 species of fish and 3 different reef backgrounds. New fish are rewarded/unlocked when you complete certain levels. This is what really kept me into the game; I kept pressing on to unlock the next fish.

Game graphics are decent. Screensaver graphics are great and very realistic.

The relaxing island-style music gets a little repetitive, but that’s my only complaint.

Highly recommended time-killer. Grab it for your next long flight.

Rating: 5 / 5

This game is relaxing. There is soft music with a tropical sound and beat playing as you match 3 or more tiles to clear the screen.

You earn more fish as you play and can fill the tank as full as you like and choose different reefs. This is a game Like Bejeweld or Super Collapse, if you like those then you will enjoy this one.

Lots of different tools also to help you clear each level. I’m enjoying the game very much. Adult gamer.

The price cannot be beat. THANKS AMAZON!
Rating: 5 / 5

This game is fun. Nothing too complex. Similar concept as Bejeweled. The game doesn’t take up the whole screen either. Its a great game to have running while you may be busy with something else. The rounds are timed, however, once you click away from the game’s active screen, everything pauses. This is good for if you need to run off and do something else, you won’t time out of your current round.
Rating: 5 / 5

It’s an ‘underwater’ puzzle game with a background on little fish swimming.

The goal is to match at least ‘3 of the same’ by flipping 2 adjacent items for those items to disappear so that others can pour in. If the matches happen on top of a wooden box then that part of the box ‘breaks’. The game advances to the next level when all the boxes are broken.

The game is free but I wasn’t very impressed. I stopped after a couple of levels and I don’t believe I’d be playing it again. It gets three stars for being free.



I had to install Amazon’s ‘downloader’ software before downloading the game itself. It was pretty quick and it appears to be harmless.

When installed, if you keep the defaults, all games go as subfolders inside a folder named Amazon Games.
Rating: 3 / 5

Big Kahuna Fish is a simple, but strangely addictive puzzle game. I wouldn’t call it fun but it is fairly engaging. A minor complaint is that there is an ad for the sequel game after each fish is unlocked.

The main reason I’m writing this review is to confirm that the game is indeed FREE. Many people have complained about this download being a 30-minute trial upon installing. I encountered the same problem myself but I figured out that this is because when you start the game for the first time, it links up with the Amazon Downloader. If the Downloader is running, it checks your Amazon download history, sees that the game was “purchased” at $0.00 and activates the full game. If, on the other hand, you don’t have Amazon Downloader active or if it’s been uninstalled, the game will remain a trial and you’ll be another person complaining about it on Amazon’s website.

This is a roundabout way to offer a free game, but there are probably two reasons why it’s like this:

1) Amazon is slowly taking over the world through their programs, and

2) The game was actually sold at a regular price in the past.

I couldn’t find any information in the help section about the Downloader having to be active, so Amazon should be ashamed about that. But I imagine they use the same method for all of their free games so we might as well get used to it.

Hope this helps.
Rating: 5 / 5

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