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, hatches an egg (even though they are mammals), and out comes a Finfin-Junior.
There are 4 versions of it (all were in stores in the 90s, but not anymore): 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 – Here, there a lot of Lemos which Finfin can eat. You can also play the drums here by pressing the spacebar.
Tsubu Woods – Finfin flies around and eats Tsubu Nuts here. You call also call Finfin by using the whistle (also works in Amile Forest).
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.)
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…
There are also special events, plants, creatures, and more in this detailed game. For documentation on all of these, go to the unofficial Finfin fansite! (Note: The site is in English and German, and the German version has some updates missing from the English version. Use a Firefox addon to translate the German if you want to see the extra updates. Also, the German forums have more activity and topics than the English forums, so…)
Edit: Arcor has closed down, unofficial Finfin fansite has moved to finfin.de.