I’m a terrible fisherman, so I had thought that perhaps that’s the reason the sport does not do much for me. Then I realised that aside from fun little minigames in JRPGs and the like fishing games are not that much fun either. That’s when I realised it was just a dull sport (and I just know I’m going to get heated comments for that one).
So I think this is the finest of compliments that can be directed at Let’s Fish! Hooked On: I really had fun playing it. It’s by no means flawless, but it really does try to take the basic idea of fishing and turn it into something charming.
The fishing itself will be familiar for anyone who has played a fishing game before, and remarkably easy to pick up for anyone who hasn’t played a fishing game before. Each time you head out to fish you’ll have a couple of minutes either to catch as many fish as possible, the biggest fish possible or some other similar measurement to victory.
All these actions are comfortably familiar by the time you’ve finished the tutorial, and not once did I feel like the game was cheating me out of a catch. If the fish got away it’s because I made a mistake. By the time I was attempting to catch fish that I could conceivably fail at I was completely comfortable with what I was meant to do.
Though the only real difference between environments is the kinds of fish to catch they represent a lovely range of locations around the world, and the different environmental effects can affect where in each environment the fish can be caught. There’s some challenge to figuring out where there best fish are hiding each time, and I’m guessing that is a fair reflection on the real sport of fishing... though in the real world it’s not a skill I’ve ever learned.
I would change nothing about this game overall. It’s genuine fun, even if it’s not the kind of game that’s especially memorable. A bit of tightening of the game’s mechanics and a sequel would be essential.
- Matt S
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