Levelling Up

 

Every time you eat a prey, you gain a little experience. With enough experience, you’ll gain a level, and when you do, you can use that experience to improve an attribute of your koi

Experience is shown in the circle around your level number. When it’s full, you will reach a new level and have Ability Points to allocate to one of your attributes.

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So the example below, I have 3 ability points that I can put into Agility, Speed or Rarity.

 

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Here’s my understanding of what the attributes do, and please add to the comments if you have any thoughts on this.

  1. Agility
    This stat modifies how quickly you can turn, and if improved will help you catch prey much faster. This is what I recommend you put the majority of ability points in at the beginning. Agility also improves the “lunge” when you try to catch a prey.
  2. Speed
    Simply – how fast you can swim. At the beginning, most prey will be faster than you, so you’ll need to get this up to a reasonable level to make your life easier.
  3. Rarity
    This seems to improve the chance that your rare color will be passed on to your offspring. So if you’ve got a koi with a common color, you can prioritize the other two stats over this. However, if you find a rare color, you can spend all of your points on this stat to make sure you get lots of rare-colored offspring.

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Moving around

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The tutorial in the game suggests tapping on prey to catch, and that’s pretty much the best strategy to move around, but there are two other methods of moving.

  1. Tapping anywhere on the pond will make your Koi swim towards it. Sometimes it can be beneficial to swim near to a prey fish instead of tapping on it. Only when you’re approaching striking distance then switch to tapping directly on the prey. Why is this a good strategy? Some prey are very hard to catch like the Puffer fish, and need you to be perfectly aligned with them to catch properly. Other fish like the skinny fast fish are hard to catch, so you need to try and head them off by making quick course corrections. If you’re not fast enough to catch these by following, then this method is the only way to catch them successfully.
  2. Tap and hold. This makes the koi follow your finger. This seems to be the best method when you’re trying to keep up with a potential mate.

While nothing in the game can kill you, the red plants can slow you down, and you’ll see your koi close his eyes, as the red border appears on screen. So it’s best to avoid the red spiky plants, since they’ll interrupt your catching of prey and potential mates.

 

 

 

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Objective of Zen Koi

Zen Koi is a fish simulation, you control a Koi, swimming around a pond, eating smaller fish, and growing bigger. Eventually, by expanding the pond, your Koi will be able to “leap the waterfall” and ascend to become a dragon.

There are a bunch of things to do in Zen Koi…

  1. Swim around eating things
  2. Unlock a larger pond
  3. Level-up your Koi’s stats
  4. Meet a mate and hatch some eggs
  5. Try to breed high-stat Koi
  6. Collect different colors (including rare colors)
  7. Collect different patterns (including rare patterns)
  8. Ascend Koi to become dragons (and get Dragon Points)

Everyone has a different goal, some play for collecting, others to Ascend the most dragons, or just for the fun and relaxation of playing with the Koi.

 

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