STAFF REVIEW of Fishing Adventure (Xbox One)

Monday, September 6, 2021.
by Heather Webster

Fishing Adventure Box art Fishing Adventure is so much like your typical day out fishing that I almost felt like I was out on the water. There are over 30 different species of fish to try and catch in seven locations that are inspired by real world places. The game was designed to simply be what it is... fishing! Put your line and hook in the water and wait for a fish to bite, pull your line in and adjust your tension to catch a fish. Once you have caught a fish you decide if you want to sell the fish for gear money or release it for higher experience points.

In this super simple simulation fishing game you have the choice to complete different challenges to unlock the next country. You can also just go basic fishing and save up enough to unlock the next area should you wish though. The game description says there are tournaments and daily rewards, but I have seen no actual evidence of this. One of the best features is that you get to try out replicated real world equipment.

There are a few ways to play Fishing Adventure; just enter the first location and fish for whatever you want to try for or walk around the body of water to try different locations of the lake. Hold down the 'X' button to cast out your line and just wait, just as you would in real life waiting for that nibble. Hold the 'Right Trigger' to reel in and hope your fish doesn’t break your line. you are able to adjust the line tension on the fly if needed if you manage to snag a big catch or a feisty fish that doesn't want to be caught. You can play challenges to catch a set amount of weight or certain fish and unlock more locations or just purchase the area to unlock it, but that can get quite pricey. There is also no real need to spend your earnings on unlocking areas when you can complete the quests to unlock them for free. So, I suggest save your money and buy the gear to be able to catch any range of fish when you're working on the challenges.

The seven locations you can fish at include, Canada, U.S.A, Haiti, France, Germany, Norway and Poland. As you enter each location you are greeted by a short introduction to that area. Once you have entered a location you can purchase a boating license to take your fishing experience out onto the water. As you level up, better gear is available to purchase in the shop though it's locked behind your level progression. It seems that at least one of the brands of fishing gear in this game is a real-life brand, Sakura, a gear shop based out of the UK.

The graphics for Fishing Adventure are about as simple as the simulation itself. The backdrops are very low resolution which made it difficult to try and compare the possibility of the real-life replication aspect, especially with the muddled backgrounds and minimal animations. Other than the fish detail portrayed in the game, everything else is not very exciting, including the environments as you walk around the pond or lake to try and find that sweet fishing spot. With no real music track that is worth listening to, you really will feel like you are fishing on your nearby lake, though you can hear nature sounds that try and immerse you into the relaxing hobby.

All that's missing is a “hey bud, pass me a beer." DLC. I guess for now I'll just drink a real one and take a nap while I wait for a fish to bite. I don’t think developers MasterCode could have made Fishing Adventure any simpler, and it takes a lot of mundane grinding to get enough money to buy the best gear, though that's no different than real life I guess. Therefore, you could be dared to say this is an accurate fishing simulation because its exactly the same as fishing in real life for the most part. Seriously though I find myself conflicted because as I’m an avid fisher who enjoys going out fishing in real life whenever I get the chance, but with Fishing Adventure I found myself kind of struggling to stay interested, as the gameplay came across more of a mobile game than a console game experience.

**Fishing Adventure was provided by the publisher and reviewed on an Xbox Series S**

Overall: 5.0 / 10
Gameplay: 5.0 / 10
Visuals: 3.0 / 10
Sound: 4.0 / 10


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