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From the creators that brought you the stinker Chicken Rider, Ultimate Games is back! They have really outdone themselves with their latest mobile port to hit the Nintendo Switch. GoFishing3D: The Real Fishing a game so unbelievably lazily made they could not even be bothered to hit the space bar when typing the title.
Where to even start with this game? The first thing to point out is the creator’s own lacklustre features description on the Nintendo website.
“Enjoyable 3D Graphics with lake scenarios
Intuitive and easy navigation & control
Realistic fish types
Two fishing boats
Various types of baits”
WOW, Excited and sold yet!? It is hard to believe they, or anyone, could get realistic fish types, multiple baits, not one but TWO fishing boats all into one game. Seriously, if this is how you are going to highlight your game then it has to be already known that the game is a lost cause.
Right from the start menu the game looks awful. The player can choose between a male or female lifeless mannequin to “play” as. It may take you a few minutes to get to the fishing part because navigating through the menu screens is not exactly the most straight forward but kind of manageable once you figure it out. The selection option you are on is dulled out as opposed to the highlighted one which was a rather against the grain decision.
Only one area out of eight can be selected to fish when first starting to play. Once a certain number of fish are caught, you will level up and at each level a new area will be unlocked for you to purchase. It is a weird concept because you can purchase new poles that have longer fishing lines or more bait (that are given no description on what they do differently from the one you start with or others you can buy) right away, but to get new “scenarios”, as the developer described it, you have to level up first then pay to unlock it. Upon levelling up you will receive a decent amount of silver coins and when you catch some of your fish you will get coins as well. Each “scenario” (think they must have meant “scenery”) only has 2 or three specific kinds of fish to be caught making each feel fairly empty.
The controls are decent and no issues were found while playing. The player casts their line with the Y button then sits and waits until a white bobber on the left side of the screen turns red. If the player presses the up direction on the analogue stick or d-pad in time, the fish is hooked then hold the R bumper to reel the fish in. That is pretty much all there is to the game. There is a bar that can fill up when reeling in bigger fish that will release the fish when the bar is filled. Purchasing stronger reeling lines will reduce the chance of losing a fish, I assume. The far majority of fish you catch are so tiny you can barely see them when your mannequin holds it up with his or her broken looking wrist.
Plain and simple all the graphics look poor. Truly, this is a game that looks exactly like one Richard “Lowtax” Kyanka, creator of the comedy site Something Awful, would play on his Gaming Garbage YouTube Channel. Except he probably wouldn’t because this game is functional and did not glitch out or crash so that is a plus for GoFishing3D. This is REAL fishing though, there is supposed to be just tranquil sounds of your environment so there was no music playing. Duck quacking, reeling line sound effect and maybe running water are pretty much the only sounds that can be recalled.
An avid fisher could possibly enjoy this game because it is functional. The game is just exceedingly boring. It felt like a chore trying to level up just to be able to play multiple “scenarios” to experience a fair share of the content offered. Perhaps the most offensive part of the game is the asking price. The score could have been one or two points higher simply because it is not a broken game, but $15 US!?!? Stardew Valley is the same exact price and it is a better buy even if you do nothing else the game has to offer but the fishing. The fact that Ultimate Games is selling GoFishing3D for this price is an insult to gamers and a complete disgrace. If you are a serious fishing game fan and want to try the game out, then it is free on Android. From the reviews read it seems there are a lot of ads and you can pay to remove them but then the games crashes nonstop. Do not give Ultimate Games any support by purchasing their half-a$$ed games.
TBG Score: 0/10
Platform: Mobile, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 28/05/2019
File Size: 145 MB
No. of Players: 1
Category: Sports, Simulation
Publisher: Ultimate Games
Download link: eShop