Finfin is a virtual pet game developed by Fujitsu Interactive and released in 1996 about a dolphin-bird called Finfin. (Finfins are actually a species, but you get your own Finfin in the game 😉 ). You interact with him, and depending on your interaction (good or bad) he will either sing songs and do acrobatics for you (without teaching! 😉 ), or sulk in his Nest. Yes, he has a nest. It’s only available in the 6-world version (explanation in next paragraph, basically full version) but, in it Finnina/Finnia, Finfin’s wife, incubates an egg (even though they are mammals, but they are part-bird so), and out comes a Finfin-Junior.
There are 4 versions of it (the 6-world version is only available in Japan): 3-world, 4-world, 5-world, and 6-world. There are 6 worlds in total, and only 3 of them were available in the 3-world version, 4 of them available in the 4-world version, and so on. The worlds have many unique animals and plants.
The 6 Worlds
Amile Forest – The place where you start off. You’ll be here often, talking to Finfin and giving him Lemos (fruits that you can change his colors with, more details in next section).
Lemo Valley – There are a lot of Lemos here which Finfin can eat. You can also play the drums here by pressing the spacebar; if you do so creatures will come out and sing and dance! (Like a Snuffy.)
Tsubu Woods – Finfin flies around and eats Tsubu Nuts here.
Secret Inlet – One of my favorite places in the game; at the Secret Inlet, Finfin swims, catches fish, and plays with his friend, the Piki Seal, and greets his wife, Finnina. He comes here to relax, so you can’t talk to him or use the whistle here. (Well you can, but you shouldn’t if you don’t want to annoy or scare him.)
Rem River Bank – Also one of my favorite places. Finfin dives in the water and/or catches a fish, and greets Finnina here too. There’s also the Dante Fish, who tries to catch Finfin but he never does, ever! 😉
Finfin’s Nest – And finally, the nest is where Finnina lays an egg, and Finfin-Junior hatches and lives. Rarely, he might eat the poisonous Lemodoki (or Elmodoki) and die 😦 But otherwise, he grows up after learning how to swim and fly, and flies away from the nest 🙂
Lemos can be used to change Finfin’s color. The method is: you feed Finfin four Lemos of the same color (there are green, orange, yellow and pink lemos; the red lemo resets and stops the color changing process) in the duration of 10 minutes. After some time (10 minutes?), you feed him four Lemos of the same color in 10 minutes again, totally 3 times (3 levels) until you reach Level 3 (fully colored). The color stays until the next full moon or new moon. (Finfin is a real-time game…)
To not have to go through the 12 lemos, wait for the next new moon and then feed him four Lemos in 10 minutes, and he sings a song and reaches Level 3 instantly… 🙂 But it only lasts for a day.
|Full moon days:|
|* FinFin becomes normal at 19:50 because of the double lunar eclipse|
A special Lemo is the Blue Lemo. Basically, the Lemopackage gets rotten after 30 days (you can refresh it, though) and if you feed Finfin one very old Lemo (eww!), he changes color after 1-2 minutes and he is blue only for 1-2 hours. You can also cheat and enter codes to change Finfin’s color instantly on any day, but this makes Finfin’s friendship meter (accesible by opening the bioscan) go lower. (Cheater, cheater, pumpkin eater! 😉 ) I’m not giving the codes away due to this 😉 since, they’re at the following site… (Or at Finfin Archiv, you can download a special program… 😉 ).
There are also special events, plants, creatures, and more in this detailed game.
You can call Finfin using the whistle by pressing the W key, but it only works if he wants to come and doesn’t feel disturbed by it (so don’t try it at the Secret Inlet! 😉 ).
Important Finfin Links:
For documentation on all of these, go to the unofficial Finfin fansite! (Note: The site is in English and German, and the German boards on the Finfin forums have more topics than the English boards. Also, sometimes topics might disappear…)
The German 6-world version works on Windows 95 to Windows 10, Linux Ubuntu 14.04 using PlayOnLinux, and my Arch Linux 64-bit (hooray! 😀 ) but Windows 2000 and Linux Mint haven’t been tested yet 😉 You can download the German 6-world version at Finfin-Archiv.
The Teo Project by BisaLP/[BLPF]Bisa is aimed at bringing Finfin back to life, by creating a new game! 😀 Will be finished in 20XX. 😉 😛 (Bisa took the site down because the game is not done yet, so check for updates at the forums at finfin.de. My username is OdieFinfun.)
I also made a Finfin subreddit at /r/finfinteo, but it’s not as active as I’d like it to be… 😉
Old Edit: Arcor has closed down, unofficial Finfin fansite has moved to finfin.de.
Edited once again on Dec 10, 2017 (mentioned the 6-world version only being available in Japan; mentioned its availability at the site above; mentioned dancing and singing creatures at Lemo Valley).
Edited once more on June 8, 2018 (changed hatches to incubates; added links to Snuffy and Piki Seal).
Edited for the third time on Jan 28, 2019 (added Teo Project, a link to the Finfin subreddit and a convenient link to the 6-world version updated for newer systems and translated to German). I plan to update this fanpage more than once a year 😛
Edited on Jan 31, 2019 (added that the German 6-world version works natively on Windows 95 to Windows 10, Linux Ubuntu 14.04 using PlayOnLinux, and Arch Linux 64-bit [tested by me]). I did it 😀 😉
Edited on Feb 2, 2019 (Fixed hidden typos, other edits).