Friday, February 14, 2014

Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption


Year: 2013
Genre: Action, Sports
Website: http://www.ridiculousfishing.com/


Lee:
  • Platform: Android
  • Hours logged: 12.5
  • Playthroughs: 1
  • Rating: 8/10

Shane:
  • Platform: Android
  • Hours logged: 6.0
  • Playthroughs: 1
  • Rating: 6/10



Notes and Discussions:
  • Shane (2/14/2014):  Clean game, both in execution and content.  Ridiculous (huh... not an easy word to spell) Fishing is just a step above mindless.  Fortunately the small part of my mind that it occupied was thrilled by its whimsy.  Seriously, flinging all of the caught fish into the air to be shot by various weapons?  AWESOME.  Allowing me a list of fish I have caught that I can populate as I fish more?  That is one of my favorite game mechanics ever.

    I did have one major problem with the game.  When I was playing it much more frequently, I found that the accelerometer in my Galaxy S4 would stop sensing correctly.  I don't know if it was from heat or some kind of calibration issue but it made the game unplayable until I let the device sit for an hour or so.  I would have happily played more in the individual binges if I had not had to deal with the controls crapping out.

    All told, I loved it intensely for the few days that I devoted to it (It was the holidays and I am at my most anti-social during that season).  I tried to come back to the game today, but couldn't get into it.  This will result in an uninstall for today.  May load it again later.  Maybe.

  • Lee (2/14/2014): This was another game that we got with one of the Humble Bundle Android packs, and it was the first mobile game that I've put any significant time into. I hadn't ever had a phone that could handle mobile games until I bought a Droid Maxx a few months ago, and now I am pretty addicted to them.

    I remember laughing loudly the first several times that I blasted my airborne cloud of collected fish with the Orbital Ray gun. When they let me hook up a hair drier and toaster to my fishing line to electrify every fish on the screen, I giggled again. And when I finally caught the last bonus fish that I needed to complete my "Fish-O-Pedia," my laughter probably scared the dude taking a dump in the stall next to me.

    This game is pretty amazing, and I couldn't stop playing it. I played it at work. I played it in bed at night...and in the morning. I even remember playing it on the Bainbridge Island ferry while commuting to and from marathons during the Seattle Quadzilla. I simply couldn't put it down until I beat each level; caught every species of fish; and bought all of the weapons, gear, and shit from the store. Then I couldn't play it anymore. There was no reason to. Uninstalled.

    Like Shane, I also experienced some technical difficulties with the game. After playing several rounds of the game (casting my line, dodging fish, reeling in the line, then blasting the crap out of the fish), the line and lure would start to skip and jerk around like crazy, which made it impossible to dodge the fish. I found that if I exited the game and reloaded the app, then everything would work normally for several more rounds. I'm not a software nerd, but I suspect a memory leak or other OS resource issue.

    The game gets dinged a bit for its lack of long-term replayability, but given that I spent about $1 on it, I'm a satisfied customer. Great game!