Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption Review
- A great sense of progression.
- Silly, yet engaging. Jaunty music.
- Your lure acts kind of like a magnet, and it can be hard to avoid fish when trawling the depths.
As ridiculous as its name, Ridiculous Fishing is simple, fun, and should keep players happy until they've seen everything the game has to offer.
- Full Review
- App Store Info
Ridiculous Fishing is kind of the iOS gaming equivalent of a super group. It's created by Super Crate Box's Vlambeer, Unify and Bit Pilot's Zach Gage, and Greg Wohlwend of Hundreds fame. Quite a team for a simple little game about fishing, but then Ridiculous Fishing isn't really about fishing, it's about redemption. If that premise sounds a little ridiculous to you, I think that's the point.
We've played this type of 2D fishing game before. You cast your line with a tap, and then it travels downwards, tilting around all the fish (because if you hit one, your line comes back up). When your line has reached its maximum depth or you hit some seafood, the line returns, and it's here that you want to snag as many sea creatures as possible. The more you snag, not only the more money you will receive, but the higher in the air the fish will fly when it's time for snapper skeet shooting. That's right, upon reaching the boat again, the fish will take flight as you pull out your firearm and go to town. The larger fish will fly higher, and the more of these larger fish you have, the more towards the heavens they will rise in what is a pretty superfluous yet entertaining meta game.
You take this money and of course you visit the shop. Now the shop is self contained in game (no in-app purchases here), and its wares are priced in such a way to create a great sense of progression as you travel from location to location, and increase your fishing prowess. Now progression to a new area is measured in catching a certain number of different species in each location, and to achieve this you will need to buy better lines, guns, and all manner of other utilities, but grinding is kept to a minimum, and with the core gameplay being quite enjoyable, is never really a concern.
The only downside really aside from the simplistic nature of the game is that it can be difficult to avoid all the fish on the way down. Early on you buy a chainsaw lure that can dice up fish on your way to the depths but you want to use it sparingly, and most times when you realize you're going to need to engage it, it's already too late. This aside though, there's a reason that writers and critics online are buzzing about Ridiculous Fishing. It's got a great sense of humor, solid progression for a simple iOS title, and the core play is quite enjoyable. It's an easy recommend.
DescriptionA handcrafted game about fishing with guns, chainsaws & toasters.
Follow Billy as he tries to find redemption from his uncertain past. Chase your destiny on the high seas and embark on a heroic quest for glory and gills.
* Hours of gameplay across the continents including a never-ending Infinite arcade world.
* Dozens of unlockables, weapons and items including popular fishing gear like the Most Expensive Hairdryer In The World and A Bowling Ball.
* Fish that become hats.
* No IAP - buy the game, play the game. No additional costs, no hidden fees. Even the hats are IAP-free.
* Fish that become hats.
Based on Vlambeers popular 2010 original, Ridiculous Fishing was lovingly handcrafted over the course of two years by Vlambeer (Super Crate Box), Zach Gage (Spelltower, Bit Pilot, Unify) and Greg Wohlwend (Hundreds, Solipskier, Gasketball).
Winner of the Apple Design Award 2013; Nominated for the 2011 Independent Games Festival Awards; Declared Most Important News Story 2011 by industry magazine Control International; Featured in The New York Times;
"Ridiculous Fishing is such a complete package that it's an effortless recommendation." ~ Eli Hodapp (TouchArcade) - (5 / 5)
"Every aspect of the game, from the rewarding upgrade system to the unique graphics, displays an intricate craftsmanship we rarely see on the App Store." ~ Chris Reed (Slide2Play) - (4 / 4)
"Vlambeer's game is, as its title suggests, ridiculous. In its simple, gleeful rhythms of play, it's sublime, too." ~ EDGE - (9 / 10)
"One of the most mechanically satisfying experiences you'll ever find, and wrapped in a dazzlingly cool aesthetic." ~ Eli Cymet (Gamezebo) - (5 / 5)
"It makes the mass destruction of innocent sea life absolutely adorable." ~ Andrew Webster (The Verge)
"I've come to think of Ridiculous Fishing as the unofficial game of Wes Anderson's movie The Life Aquatic." ~ Rob Hearn (PocketGamer)
"Ridiculous Fishing is from an alternate iPhone gaming universe where Nintendo is the production quality standard and action is everything." ~ Robert Ashley (A Life Well Wasted)
"A rare pearl amidst the endless sardines of iOS games." ~ Chris Bateman (International Hobo)
"I'm hooked up to an IV and playing Ridiculous Fishing. One is medicine, the other is a painkiller." ~ Ben Kuchera (PA Report)
"Ridiculous Fishing is something very special." ~ exp. Magazine
What's New in Version 1.31This minor update brings mostly bugfixes, solving problems occurring on a small number of devices.
Thanks so much for all the support on social networks and for your enthusiasm. The messages that we've been receiving from players are heartwarming.
We'd like to remind you that Ridiculous Fishing will be getting a major content update somewhere, some day in 2014. Until then the entire team would like to wish you happy holidays and a happy new year!
- Rami, J.W., Zach, Greg and Eirik