If you're like me, you spend a decent amount of time on your phone during your downtime at home or work. With all the mobile games out there, it's hard to find one that is worth your money - in terms of creativity and longevity. Free to play games offer some enjoyment, but with paygates and lack of content, they're usually more of a hassle than the time that they're worth. That being said, my current vice is Ridiculous Fishing. Based out of Utrecht, Netherlands; Vlambeer has made a title worth setting your hooks on. Modeled after the original 2010 game which was nominated for the 2011 Independent Games Festival Awards and featured in the New York Times, Ridiculous Fishing is back with even more features and an easy to use interface.
The premise is pretty straightforward. You're in a boat, and you want to catch some fish. How many fish? That's really up to you. First you cast your line into the water and your lure starts to sink. Using your accelerometer, you move your lure from left to right, dodging fish on the way down until either your line is fully spent, or you hit your first fish. Then the reeling process starts. On your way back up to the surface, you tilt your phone again trying to hook as many fish as possible on your ascent. Watch out for jellyfish though! They cost you points in the next phase. Once your lure is at surface level, the fish are flicked upwards into the air for you to shoot at. That's right! Brandish your firearm and take aim as the fish start falling from the sky. The goal is to hit as many as you can, collecting currency along the way. Shooting jelly fish, however, causes a reduction in cash - dwindling away your hard earned shekels. As you progress, and catch different kinds of fish, you unlock new areas of the map to use. Each area has a unique special catch at the bottom of their depths. It could be a narwhal, it could be a giant shark - either way it's going to be worth some money.
Using your ingame currency, you can upgrade you weapons and fishing tech. For example, a new line might let you get to the very bottom of a particular map - while a new lure will let you descend faster, allowing you to skip over the tedious parts of the level. The weapons are worth upgrading as well, because once you start hitting the deep water and grabbing a lot of fish, it becomes a difficult process to shoot them all out of the air without a few falling back into the water. To avoid losing points, grab the double miniguns, and watch the money roll in. The game has some slow points while you're acquiring the tools necessary to get to the next level, however, you're never waiting too long to get to your next fishing spot. The variation in the way the fish move, and the types you'll find, make the each cast - anything but expected.
Ridiculous Fishing is a great time, and for only $2.99 USD, it's really a steal. Take a chance and blow up some fish, it sure beats doing actual work. Rediculous Fishing is currently available on Android and iTunes.