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Friday Fun: Tiny Piranha

If you have had a long week then you are ready to relax for a bit while finishing out your Friday. Today we have the perfect way for you to take a bite out of that stress with Tiny Piranha.

Tiny Piranha

The goal of the game is to survive the journey from the Water Fall to the Great Lake without being eaten by a bigger fish. Each step of the journey consists of one day in each of the water areas along the way. The only instructions that you need to play the game is to use the mouse to move your piranha through the water.


At the beginning of each day you will be shown the site map and your current water area location with a red arrow.


Next you will be shown relevant information for that water area (i.e. falling items to watch for or fish to avoid).


On the right side of the screen you will see your remaining lives and the food meter. Start moving the piranha back and forth to find food while avoiding being eaten yourself.


Besides the extra life and temporary shield items you will also want to watch for stars as you swim. Each of these items make you stronger, help protect you from larger fish, and give you bonus points.


Definitely not a good time to become another fish’s lunch! Keep going until your food meter is completely filled.


When you finish a level you will be presented with your current score, bonus points awarded, and your remaining lives.


Once you get to the Fishing Quay (Day 4) things start to get really dicey for your little piranha.

Note: By the third level you can start to eat the bigger fish from earlier levels (be careful which ones you try to eat though!).


Now not only do you have to watch out for and avoid bigger fish but also the humans trying to catch you.


Swim piranha swim if you want to live!


Whenever you finish the game (or the bigger fish finish you) you will see your final score and have the chance to submit it or return to the main screen (Exit).


Play Tiny Piranha

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 08/6/10

Comments (4)

  1. Curtis

    I have to say this is *almost* a good game. It can be a lot of fun if the little annoyances hadn’t ruined it.

    The largest annoyance has to be the share/save bar at the top. I can’t count how many times that thing down and blocked my view of the screen. I lost more than a couple lives thanks to that thing. Next, is the advertising. I know they want to make a couple dollars doing this, but it gets tired when you have to watch a commercial after every level.

    This third annoyance would probably be nothing if it weren’t for the others. When ever you get eaten by a larger fish, it says, “Uups, you dead!” For some unexplainable reason, the “Uups” makes me wince.

    Finally, the bonuses. The shield doesn’t seem to help you except to give you more points, which is fine but why make it a shield, then? Also I have not been able to find any explanations or purpose for the stars. They don’t appear to give you any additional points and they don’t do anything. I managed to get to 1500 points to reach the “Next Bonus”, and nothing happened. I didn’t get an extra life or anything.

    As I said, this game is a good attempt and could have been a lot of fun to play. I ended up rating it at 6 at the bottom of the screen.

  2. Curtis

    I take back what I said about the shield and the star. I went back and realized that the shield really does work and you get 25 points for getting a star. This makes the game a little more bearable.

  3. Asian Angel

    @Curtis – Every time that I have played the game there have never been any commercials display after completing each level. O__O Odd…

    I totally agree with you about the Share/Save Bar at the top…that can be irritating. Try this link…it will open the game maximized in your browser without the Share/Save Bar. ~__^

  4. woah

    they need to get rid of the damn link above the game it screws me up

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