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Don’t Sweat The Small Fish… And It’s All Small Fish

Monday, March 18th, 2013 by

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The worst thing about Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption is the name. Of course it’s about fishing; we get that. But “ridiculous”? A work of art (yeah, I just called Ridiculous Fishing art) isn’t ridiculous just because it says so right there on the can.

This game could have also been called Radical Fishing, or LOL-out-loud Fishing. An even better title would have been The Three (3) Habits of Highly Effective Fishermen.

The Three (3) Habits of Highly Effective Fishermen

(01: Height phase.) Cast your rod, or descend your lure, or whatever it’s called. It will descend DOWN into the water, and continue to sink until it hooks a fish.

(02: Motion phase.) At this happy time, the lure will begin to rise UP. During this phase, you may hook as many fish as possible. There is no catch limit.

(03: Gravity phase.) When the lure breaches UP from the water’s surface, your many, many fishes will also spurt UP into the sky. You will tap, press, and grub at the screen to SHOOT THE BEJEEZUS out of the fish before Newton’s harsh mistress brings them back DOWN.

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How to Succeed in Fishing Without Really Trying

You will avoid the fish on the way DOWN, catch them on the way UP, and then commence the SHOOT THE ETC. phase. Fish are worth dollars. Dollars can be traded for goods (armament, attire, accessories) at the Ship Shoppe. Local fauna will mock you on Byrdr, the best in-game fake twitter this side of Pocket Planes. You will read up on the species you’ve SHOT THE ETC. out of in the Fishopedia. You will fish in increasingly more bizarre locales and at impenetrable depths. You will get a screen-clearing chainsaw lure to use on the way DOWN, and a bazooka, orbital ray, or blunderbuss to use on the way UP.

Making Fish And Influencing People

Just when you think you understand the game, it will become truly ridiculous. The LOL-out-loud moment I promised will manifest.The next day, you will wonder if that really happened. Then you’ll revisit the in-game mementos which will remind you that, yes, it did. Next, you’ll pick a fishing hole, and get to work…

Ridiculous: The Power of Fishing Without Fishing

…or maybe you’ll just goof off inside the game for a while. Listen to the soundtrack (pretty good), read Byrdr and Fishopedia (pretty funny) or look at the visuals. Whole darn game is rendered in these chunky triangular atoms. I don’t even know how to describe it, so I’ll defer to this screenshot (filename: nipples.png) of the fisherman in his emperor’s raiment:

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Feel The Fish And Do It Anyway

This game can be yours for a lousy three (3) bucks on the App Store. It contains no in-app-purchases, multilevel marketing scams, push notifications, or timer mechanics. You pay some cash, you get a game.

While it’s not this author’s place to comment on the “value” of entertainment, to pass judgement, or to rate the game upon merits relative or absolute, it must be asked:

Q: How many actual, real-world fish could you buy and then SHOOT THE ETC. out of for $3?
A: Hardly any!

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Brian Kerr has written 4 posts on Delta Attack
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  • http://www.deltaattack.com/ Fade to Slack

    I’m passing judgment on it this week.

    I think people like the game a fair amount more than I do, though.

  • http://deltaattack.com/ Mark A. Brooks

    I failed to notice the nipples until they were, ahem – pointed – out. You will not survive a single hug.