Fishin’ 2 Go a Realistic Fishing Game Experience
Oct 13, 2011 4:32 PM –
Fishin’ 2 Go. If you like fishing, you will love this game! Realistic fishing for your Android device! Hold and flick your phone just like a fishing rod, and mimic the same movements that you would in real life when casting, retrieving the lure, and fighting the fish. Fishin’ 2 Go takes advantage of your phone’s accelerometer and vibrator to give you the most realistic fishing experience possible.
Price: Free, $2.25
Tested on: HTC Droid Incredible 2, Sony Xperia Play
Pros & Cons:
- Extremely realistic control system does an excellent job mimicking the actual fishing experience!
- Huge selection of lures and bait!
- Allows you to customize the type of line you use, rod tension, and weight of sinker!
- Multiple fishing locations!
- Realistic sound effects to mimic the sounds of the outdoors!
- Excellent use of haptic feedback and accelerometer!
- Fishing environments look like poorly taken photographs.
- Only animation is moving water, none for fish fighting the hook or backgrounds.
- No musical track.
- No OpenFeint support.
Fishin’ 2 Go is a realistic fishing game for Android. It uses an incredibly realistic control system utilizing your device’s accelerometer, touch screen, and vibration capabilities to simulate a real fishing experience. It offers many different fishing areas, types of fish, and bait to provide many different options for your fishing experience in an attempt to give a more realistic and enjoyable fishing experience.
Fishin’ 2 Go is a strong attempt at creating a very realistic fishing simulator for the Android platform. When you originally load up the application you will be presented with two options: to begin fishing or to learn how to play. The “How-to” section of the app gives basic information on how to play the game. Although this section is informative and gives a lot of information about what all of the icons in the game mean and what the basic controls are; I would have preferred to have a step by step tutorial with the player actually getting to use the game interface while the help section shows you how to play. Most of the controls in the game are fairly intuitive and realistic, but a step by step tutorial would certainly make this game easier to learn than attempting to play it without instructions or reading the written tutorial in the “How-to” section.
The free version has three different locations to fish in. These include Talon’s Pond, Blue Lagoon, and the Glaciers. Each of these locations are essentially a photograph of a location with a little bit of animation included on the face of the water. I wasn’t overly pleased with the detail of either the animations or the locations. However, I did enjoy the small, peaceful, and natural sound effects that were included in the game. You would hear different sound effects at each location varying from insects flying around, frogs croaking, and vehicles driving by. The full version of the game includes sixteen other various fishing locations, so there is quite a bit of variety in the full version. Unfortunately, all the animations are the same and may leave you desiring a little more from the game than you receive.
Luckily the controls for the game are extremely good. In order to cast out your line and fish you must hold down on the cast button on the touch screen and then flick your phone to send out the line. Once the line is sent out you are able to tilt your phone to tilt the rod and move your finger in circular motions across the touch screen to reel in the line and attempt to attract fish. I was very pleased with this portion because it did an excellent job mimicking the motions that you would use while actually fishing. I was also pleased with the visual readouts for line tension and depth, and when you catch the fish on the line the phone vibrates to simulate the pull of an actual fish on your fishing rod! Overall the actual fishing experience for this game is excellent, despite some of the graphical drawback!
Fishin’ 2 Go also provides you with various gear options. These include rod strength, sinker weight, and max bait depth. These allow you to tweak your fishing line, rod, and lure to fit the fish you are trying to catch and your own fishing style. You can even switch between many different lures to catch different types of fish. Types of lures included in the game are Spinnerbaits/Spoons, Crankbait, Topwater, Soft Plastics, Baits, and Jig. This allows you to choose between live bait and lures and customize your entire fishing experience to match real life and to attempt to catch specific type of fish. One of the excellent things about this application is level of customization it provides along with the fishing realism that comes from its many lures and excellent control scheme.
Fishing 2 Go Lake 1
Fishing 2 Go Lake 2
Fishing 2 Go Reeling Him In
Fishing 2 Go Main Screen
Fishing 2 Go Baits
Fishing 2 Go News
Fishing 2 Go Gear Options
Fishing 2 Go Game Settings
I found the controls to be top notch and makes it much more enjoyable than I first would have assumed. The graphics and animations are mediocre, but overall I found the actual fishing experience of the game to be very realistic and therefore pretty enjoyable. With more attention to the graphics of the game, and with slightly better controls for maneuvering the lures I would be extremely pleased with the game.
Although I enjoyed the game controls and found them to be extremely accurate to real life I did not find the gameplay to be very addictive. Part of this was because of the poor graphics and animations and part of it was because there was not much that you could do other than casting and choosing lures. I would have preferred the ability to move a boat around a large pond or lake and try fishing in different areas. I would also like to see OpenFeint integration to encourage competition between other players.
The graphics left a lot to be desired. Although the environments were somewhat realistic they were boring and could not be explored at all. Each of the zones are essentially a photo of a location with animated water. There were no animations for fish struggling, no reeds swaying in the wind, and no options to explore the environment and attempt at fishing at a different side of the map.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The game made excellent use of vibration, the device accelerometer, and sound. The accelerometer and vibration were both incorporated into casting the rod, playing the lure, and catching a fish. They contributed to a more realistic fishing experience and did not just feel like throw-ins which is impressive. Very few applications use all these options effectively in creating a game and Fishin’ 2 Go did an excellent job of utilizing all of your device’s sensors to produce an accurate fishing experience.
The sounds in the game are all background noise as previously mentioned. These include birds chirping, frogs croaking, water moving, cars passing, etc. I think the incorporation of music could also enhance the addictive value of this game. However, even without music I found the sounds in this game to be both appropriate and well incorporated in to the game.