Grumble&Piccolo's FishingTrip! iOS review

Grumble&Piccolo's FishingTrip! iOS reviewWell, it had to end sometime. Having awarded 5/5 to Avengers Initiative, Batman Arkham City Lockdown, Bad Piggies and Rayman Jungle Run consecutively, I’ve hit a stumbling block.

To be fair to FishingTrip, you’d be hard pushed to claim 5/5 for a match three game, but even by match three standards it’s not hugely exciting.

There seems to be an unwritten rule that every developer must have a match three game on the App Store. Having dabbled in a spot of programming at uni, I imagine they’re not exactly tough to put together.

In FishingTrip our protagonists are Grumble & Piccolo, a pair of penguins tasked with bringing in a predetermined number of fish to satisfy orders for a lazy pelican or killer whale or whatever.

The FishingTrip action is interspersed with “humorous” (or “utterly pointless”) story moments, which have little to do with anything. At the end of the day, all you’re doing is matching groups of three or more fish.

Of course, FishingTrip has the obligatory selection of power-ups, including a net that allows you to catch a number of fish in one go, and an electric thingy. There are also hazards in the form of sea mines; pair two together and it’s game over.

There’s nothing much wrong with FishingTrip per se, but it’s really hard to get excited about match three these days.

Incidentally, FishingTrip demands a whopping £1.49 admission fee, while the likes of Bejeweled Blitz and Diamond Dash are entirely free. And way more exciting.

Looking outside match three, you can grab the likes of Bad Piggies for just 69p. As such, it’s incredibly difficult – if not impossible – to recommend FishingTrip. It’s just… fine.

Actually, an infinitely more enjoyable game is trying to find FishingTrip on the App Store. Seriously, go google it.


  • Uhm… lots of fish?
  • Four environments


  • The story stuff
  • The price
  • Same old match three mechanics

Summary: FishingTrip is yet another match three game, with next to nothing making it stand out, and an incredibly optimistic £1.49 price tag.

Developer: Thumbstar Games

Price: £1.49 @ App Store (and Google Play)

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

Grumble&Piccolo's FishingTrip! iOS review

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