Ace Fishing: Wild Catch Review (iOS)

acefishing_iconEvery now and then, I come across a mobile game that is just impossible to put down. Most of the time, they are puzzle games or games of skill where I try to beat my friends’ highest scores but other times, they are just games I play on my own. Recently I downloaded Ace Fishing: Wild Catch just to see what fishing games are like these days and now I can’t stop playing it! The game, if you can’t tell, is a fishing game where you can travel to different areas to catch fish, obviously. If you are into fishing in real life, you may want to check this title out.

I’ll start with the obvious here. What drew me to the game at first were the graphics. They are simply amazing in this game showcasing realistic looking environments, fishing gear, and of course, realistic looking fish. Water in the environment flows like water should and the environment even features day and night cycles. All the gear you use look great, from the rods you can buy to the lures. It all looks very realistic. Of course the fish, which take center stage here move with realism before, during, and after they are caught.

Graphics are nothing if the gameplay stinks and thankfully, it’s the gameplay that kept me coming back for more. For the most part, what makes the game fun for me at least is how simple the core game is. It’s basically a one button affair where you tap the start button to cast your line and use the same button to reel in your fish when you have it hooked on your line. Tap and hold to reel it in, release to give the line some slack. That’s not to say the game is easy though as there is a ton of stuff that goes into having a successful catch. You have to keep an eye on your line to make sure you have enough of it, make sure there isn’t too much tension on it or it will snap, and you have to keep an eye on the health of the fish and how exhausted it is over time. All of this plays a factor into whether or not you catch it.

The game also plays a bit like an RPG. You’ll have to level up your gear with either upgrades or new, more powerful gear. You can buy new rods, reels, line, lures, and even boosters that are like special abilities. All of this can be bought with in game currency you earn. There are two types of currency. There is the easier to acquire gold coins and the scarce dollar bills. Most of items can be purchased with gold coins. There is an in-app purchasing system enabled for you to buy both currencies if you’re too lazy to earn them by playing.

What I really love about Ace Fishing: Wild Catch is that despite it being a simple button tapping game, there is strategy involved that requires you to pay attention to what is going on during the catch. The game requires concentration and though there is some luck involved, most of it is skill based. Since this is a freemium game that has in-app purchasing, try to fight the urge to take the easy route and purchase currency. Instead, stick with the game and grind through it as it will make you a much better fisherman in the end.

App Store Link: Ace Fishing: Wild Catch
Version: 1.0.6
Developer: Com2uS
Price: Free
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description

Journey to the world’s most beautiful destinations and fish for real in paradise!

Jump into paradise blue and experience the ultimate 3D fishing adventure!

This game is free to play, but you can choose to pay real money for extra items.

You can play Ace Fishing in English, Deutsch, français, 한국어, 日本語, 中文简体, or 中文繁體.

1. Fishing Made Easy
– Get hooked on fishing with simple, one-touch controls!
– Who says fishing is boring? Just 3 seconds is all it takes before heart-pounding action!

2. Jaw-dropping 3D Graphics
– Interact with catches so life-like they could fly off your screen!
– Perfectly recreated physics of fishing means you’ll be able to feel the excitement of fishing at your fingertips!

3. It doesn’t get any more real than this!
– Fishing rods customizable with fishing lines of varying length and tension strength!
– Hang in there- tire out the fish through epic struggles!
– Fish movements and characteristics captured with stunning realism!
– Complicated mechanisms made easy to bring the most realistic fishing experience to mobile gaming!

4. Travel the World
– From Hanauma Bay to the Amazon River, no place is off-limits!
– Hundreds of exotic fish native to different areas! Venture through the entire map to catch them all!

5. Global Rankings
– Reel in the biggest fish and break records! Compete in fishing tournaments and go head-to-head against users from around the globe!
– Your records are automatically saved every time you fish, so you can aim to break them!

6. Coming Soon!
– You’ll be able to fish with or against your friends for that wild catch! Stay tuned for more updates!

Items are available for purchase in this game. Some paid items may be refundable depending on the type of item.
For Com2uS Mobile Game Terms of Service, visit http://www.com2us.com.
For questions or customer support, e-mail info@com2us.com.

[via App Store]

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