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Review: Fishing Adventure

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Sitting at the side of a riverbank or lake and watching the sunset or rise is a wonderful experience. You lounge around with your line dangling in the water, waiting for a fish to take the bait. The hunt for your prey can take hours and sometimes you leave empty-handed, but it matters not. The fun is in the chase and the ability to relax in peace and serenity. Fishing Adventure allows you to experience all the high points of this calm and tranquil sport. You’ll cast your line, wait for a bite, and reel in a whopper of a fish.

Developed by MasterCode and published by Ultimate Games, this is a relaxing fishing simulation title. Originally released for Steam in 2019, it received a mostly positive return for its gameplay and overall style. Console gamers now can see what the fuss is about as they take to an array of lakes to catch monstrous fish.

Fishing Adventure leaps straight into the action like a salmon up a stream.

As I loaded in, I expected to be welcomed by a fun, but well-trodden tutorial. I was shocked when this didn’t happen and I had to leap into action like a salmon up a stream. Armed with a fishing rod, bait, and a basic hook, I looked for a “suitable” spot and went to work. The simplicity of the gameplay took me back and left me wondering how deep the gameplay would be and if it would venture far from its core concept.

With two game modes to explore and no story to experience, Fishing Adventure relies on you enjoying its simple mechanics and relaxing slow-paced gameplay. Both the career and challenge modes use the same assets and elements, but the latter option is more competitive. It gives you something to aim towards and was where the developers should have focussed their attention. The career option grabs the slow nature of the sport by the horns and demands that you invest hours to increase your level and earn cash. If you fall for its charms, you’ll love casting your line repeatedly. I, however, lost the desire to play within around two hours. Luckily, I persisted as the frustrations of the early game melt away to leave you with an interesting and more challenging fishing title.

Grinding away to gain small amounts of cash was soul-destroying, and the early game was extremely imbalanced. You’ll purchase new equipment to hunt for bigger fish, but this will break, be eaten, or won’t be suitable for the location. Moving to a different venue requires cash and a minimum level and, you guessed it, this takes hours to achieve. It was a vicious circle that I couldn’t break no matter how much I wanted and it left me wondering what the Steam community enjoyed about it?

Catching fish in an icy wilderness.

Thank goodness for challenge mode and the additional venues.

The answer to that question became apparent as soon as I tried the challenge mode. This is Fishing Adventure’s saving grace! You must catch specific fish and other challenging scenarios with five tasks per location to win money and earn XP. The ticking clock adds pressure and the once relaxing experience becomes an egg timer of doom. You’ll desperately search for your trophy fish, but you’ll repeatedly catch the wrong species! You’ll curse your luck and cast again, praying for a different result.

Not only will you have set goals to achieve, but you must arm yourself with the correct equipment to complete the task at hand. Purchasing new rods, reels, lines, hooks, baits, or lures is no mean feat. Everything costs a fortune, but the rewards for improved equipment quickly pay off. You’ll forget about miniature 1lb fish and you’ll struggle to reel in the beasts that lurk beneath the surface. Fishing Adventure truly excels in its latter stages, but the struggle to get there will put off many gamers, sadly.

If you can stomach the grind, you’ll visit up to seven large fisheries based on real-world locations. You’ll venture across the globe and try your luck in a variety of environments. Each area has a specific range of fish to catch and the further afield you go, the large the prey becomes. There are over thirty species to catch and many combinations of equipment for you to try. You can stay on land and fish from the banks or hire a boat and get to previously inaccessible locations. I’m not sure how much this affects the fishing mechanics as the fish spawn anywhere and are not restricted to set underwater environments. This was extremely unrealistic and tainted the simulation experience!

Micro lakes and massive fish.

Fishing Adventure looked dated in 2019 and in 2021 it looks rough!

Graphics don’t make a game, but Fishing Adventure looks rough! The animations are robotic, the grass appears blocky, and the textures leave a lot to be desired. The fish ghost through the boat and land when caught, and an invisible wall makes a vast area inexplicably smaller than it needs to be. It’s all serviceable and you quickly become accustomed to it, but until you do, it’s pretty awful to look at. However, it’s not all bad. The combination of colours is nice and the ripple effects of the water are realistic. I also enjoyed the rain and storm effects, as this added a layer of depth to the gameplay.

Fishing Adventure relies heavily on sound effects and saves its music for the menus. This was a good decision, as music would have been an unwelcome distraction during the slow-paced action. The wonderful natural sound effects were great to listen to, and I thoroughly enjoyed floating on the water while hearing birds chirping and the wind blowing. The change in weather fronts allowed the developers to be experimental. Using loud claps of thunder and the constant noise of rain falling added an aggressive dynamic tone to an otherwise calm game.

Fishing in paradise.

It’s so simple I hoovered the house while fishing.

I rarely get to multitask successfully, but Fishing Adventure is so simple I could clean my house and play at the same time. With the correct equipment selected and the bait taken, you can easily reel in your prey while doing other tasks. I hoovered the ground floor of my house while happily landing fish after fish. I’m not sure this is exactly what the developers had in mind, but it worked for me. As the game progresses, it becomes much harder and you must concentrate on lure position and tension on the line. I enjoyed these added layers, and they went hand in hand with the later venues and larger sea life.

If you love fishing games, then you’ll fall for the relaxing nature of this title. The rough edges won’t offend you and you’ll enjoy working towards each new venue. There are probably better fishing games on the market if you are on the fence, but they will cost you more money to buy. The gameplay comprises a high level of replay value if you can get over the initial hurdles, but I fear many won’t make it that far. The challenging achievement list requires many hours to be invested, making this a completionists nightmare.

Fishing Adventure is a slow-burner that focuses on the wrong elements.

Fishing Adventure should have been a fantastic competitive game that allowed you to slow things down in a sandbox mode if you wish. Instead, the developers focussed heavily on the wrong elements and this was to the detriment of the final product. The challenge mode is great, the audio works well and elements of the graphics are nice, however, it falls short in other categories. I can see why people would enjoy it, but I’m not one of those gamers, unfortunately. The grind put me off and I won’t be recommending it today. However, if you want to buy it, you can here! Select your equipment, find your spot, and fish to your heart’s content.

SUMMARY

Fishing Adventure is a slow-paced sports simulation title. With a range of equipment to select, seven real-world locations to visit and over thirty species of fish, there is lots of content. It starts as a slow-burner and many gamers will fail to battle through the early stages to see where the gameplay truly excels.

+ Lots of content.
+ Excellent audio.
+ Nice weather effects.
+ Easy to control.
+ Lots of replay value if you fall for its charms.
- The small fish offer no challenge.
- The graphics are dated and rough.
- The early game will put off many gamers.

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC and Nintendo Switch.)
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: [email protected]

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