After catching a fish, the only appropriate thing to do is toss it into the air and shoot it with a gun. At least that’s what the iOS game Ridiculous Fishing has taught me.
The game is essentially three in one. In the first you drop your line down into the ocean trying to avoid touching any of the fish. Once you touch a fish, the second begins. As the fisherman reels the line in, you attempt to hook as many fish as possible. Act three occurs when the hooked fish reach the surface. They are tossed into the air and the fisherman pulls out a gun and you have to shoot them from the sky. The more fish you shoot, the more money you have to buy things like chainsaws, bazookas, longer lines, and magical antigravity devices.
Even though the mechanics are bound to the realm of simple arcade games, developers Zach Gage and Greg Wohlwend partnered with Dutch game studio Vlambeer to make a beautiful and addicting game. The game is an expansion of online game Radical Fishing but Ridiculous is no simply copy cat. The geometric pixel design of the fish and environment add artistry to the presentation along with its cool 8-bit soundtrack.
For $3, it’s a great way to kill some time, but ultimately it’s just a small, tightly-packaged iOS game.