Apr 30, 2014
I must say, I am quite impressed. Although Ace Fishing: Wild Catch has a pretty standard gameplay value for a free-to-play simulator, it’s definitely noticeable that the developers have tried to make it as diverse as possible. Hell, actually talking about any kind of realism in a free-to-play simulator is a strange thing, and Ace Fishing: Wild Catch is rather realistic. For a game, of course.
The player travels between different exotic places and tries to catch all kinds of fish that live in there. The fish can then be sold, or put in the tank to grow and be sold later. Rarer and heavier fish can be sold for more, but requires better equipment and a lot of luck to be caught, of course. The gold is spent on getting new and improved equipment, and get it you will. There is an endless amount of different baits, fishing lines, and other supports, some of which are expendable, and some of which require repairing. There’s so much to buy that it all feels pretty unfair â€“ and it is, kinda, especially considering the energy bar that won’t let you play for longer than half an hour at a time, but the problem is â€“ it’s fun. I mean, I played it for several hours in total, and I hate fishing.
The actual fishing process is relatively simple, but has enough depth to require some skills, along with good equipment. The player needs to tap at just the right moments to pull and tire the fish by bringing its endurance bar to zero, using a couple of techniques that take a surprising amount of time to master. This is the only real gameplay there is, so you can say that there’s really not that much of game in the game, but there is just enough of interaction. It’s also accompanied by the excitement of catching a rare or big fishy, so it didn’t feel like a repeatable waste of time to me â€“ not more so than actual fishing, at least. By the way, I have an issue with the fact that there’s absolutely no time between throwing the line and the fish biting, so if you just want to relax and listen to the waves, this is the wrong game to do that.
Ace Fishing: Wild Catch‘s biggest advantage, though, is how great it looks. Seriously, from the backgrounds to the fish animations to the lots of equipment to the chests, everything looks realistic, and is a pleasant departure from the sloppily thrown together beginner-level models. I probably like how great it looks even more than the rest of it, I guess â€“ but it does look amazing, so if you’re a fishing enthusiast, but don’t have an option to experience the fish weight yourself, this is a bearable substitute.
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