And so to Ridiculous Fishing, a game I held off reviewing for several months since the developers ignored my many pleas for a review code. Worse still, days after forking out for it, I stumbled across a Ridiculous Fishing promo code in Starbucks. “FML”, as the kids say.
But do I care? Absolutely not. Ridiculous Fishing has just picked up Apple’s iPhone Game of the Year award (rightly so), and I’m more than happy for Vlambeer to take their share of my £1.99. You should buy it right now from the App Store and/or Google Play. For serious.
“What is Ridiculous Fishing?” I hear you scream. Well, Vlambeer describes it as a “handcrafted game about fishing with guns, chainsaws & toasters.” Couldn’t have put it better myself.
For starters, as Billy the fisherman, you want to send your lure as deep as possible into the water, whether you’re in Home Waters, Stormy Seas, Arctic Floes or elsewhere; the goal remains the same.
Using the tilt controls, you guide the lure left and right, and essentially you want to miss all the fish on the way down. Catch something, and you’ll start heading back up.
During your watery ascent, the goal effectively reverses, and now you want to catch as many fish as possible. As such, you can see how getting deep, deep, deep in the first instance inevitably yields a larger catch, right? In addition, the deeper you go, the more valuable the fish.
The third prong to Ridiculous Fishing sees your catch inexplicably launched into the air, at which point – this is where it gets really ridiculous – you’re tasked with shooting the fish in order sell them.
Making things that little bit more tricky are jellyfish. Shoot those bad boys, and you’re looking at negative bucks.
And that’s Ridiculous Fishing in a very concise 250-ish words. There is, of course, a shop, and I’m pleased to report that a lot of thought has clearly gone into the various goodies on offer.
Items fall under Reels (help you go deeper), Guns (yep, for more effective blasting), Lures (cut through fish with the chainsaw, for example), Tech (lights, hairdryers…) and Miscellaneous (clothes and stuff).
It’s all perfectly balanced, and I’m endlessly thankful that Vlambeer didn’t go down the freemium route with Ridiculous Fishing. You simply pay £1.99 and get a sh*t-ton of enjoyment from it, with no in-app purchases. That’s the way it should be, man.
One of my only gripes was that ascending can feel a tad tedious, especially if you’re really only out to catch super-rare fish at the bottom of the sea, but there’s actually a knife in the store that addresses that very issue.
As such, I have nothing bad to say about Ridiculous Fishing whatsoever. Everything is spot on, from the core gameplay, to the shop, to the menus, to the music. Love it.
- Simple but effective premise (avoid, catch, shoot)
- The goodies in the shop
- No in-app purchases
- Not really
Summary: Ridiculous Fishing is bound to appear on various Smartphone Game of the Year lists, and rightly so. It’s a perfect example of a game that casts freemium nonsense aside, and looks to make a few bucks simply by being good. Avoid fish on the way down, catch them on the way back up, shoot them as they fly through the air. Buy it.
iOS compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Android compatibility: Requires Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or above.