Fishing games have historically been fairly popular for some unknown reason. I don't doubt that Reel Fishing will do well, but it won't be by my recommendation. I really couldn't stand to watch someone play this for the first time; my own experience was bad enough. On the easiest level, in the simplest fishing hole, you will find that catching a fish in Reel Fishing isn't anything like real life. You have a 95 percent chance of losing either the fish, the bait, the hook, or (most likely) all three. Sure, you might finally get the hang of it after building your virtual fishing skills for hours, but who wants to lose for that long? For one thing, you are guaranteed to hook a fish. These fish are dumb. Despite your high rate of hooking a fish, you will find that these bad boys can break your toughest line without much problem. This is mainly due to the lack of sensory feedback for the tension on the line. Without that, it's a pure guessing game. I love the other features like the fish tanks, but they honestly aren't what I'd buy a fishing game for. They are merely filler. Add the poorly designed tackle box interface to my list of frustrating features. Carpal Tunnel Fishing is a better name for it, as replacing your hook, line and sinker takes far too long thanks to the weak menu system and loading. At least the fishing hole backgrounds are cool...
Reel Fishing isn't exactly my kind of game, but I have to admit--for a "fish sim," this is about as realistic as it's going to get. There's a lot of strategy involved in choosing what equipment to use (hooks, bait, etc.), and being able to keep and take care of some of your catches in your own Fish Tanks is very cool. The music is very soothing and the whole game has a nice laid-back feel to it. I can't say I'm a fishing fan.
There's one nice thing about Reel Fishing--it has confirmed that I am by no means a fisherman! Seriously though, the graphics and feel of Reel Fishing are nice. I can't say my jaw drops or anything, but the game certainly does give me the feeling of really fishing. I would like to see more detailed graphics on the pole and interface screens. I wouldn't buy any Fishing game, but if you're into fishing at all, then go for it--this one's a keeper!
I'm no expert, but the few times I've drowned a few worms with a rod and reel, I’ve never had consistent bites like in this fishing game, just about every time you throw the lure in, you get a bite from a fish. As you can tell, this isn't a completely realistic game. Nevertheless, to my surprise, I did like it. There's a lot of quirky things about it, such as the option to keep fish you catch in an aquarium where you can watch and feed them. Weird, but cool.
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Natsume's Reel Fishing takes a new approach to the fishing game by emphasizing the whole experience, rather than competition elements of tournaments and contests.
Streams, ponds, waterfalls and rivers comprised of FMV provide a cool, relaxing atmosphere to master your craft. While you fish, slow mood music lulls you into a sedate state, thus dropping your blood pressure to an all-time low. Just as you're nodding off, your bobber dips and the underwater FMV sequences kick in. As your baited hook sinks to the bottom, a large river trout eyes it and goes for the strike. The fun begins as you fight to land the fish by carefully combining the right amount of line tension while reeling to tire the fightin' fish enough to pull it to shore.
That's the main draw of the game, but other elements spice it up such as the Aqua Room and all it has to offer. In this room you can release your two best catches into large tank, but not before you name them (mine was Sparky) and check on their mental wellbeing. It's a weird element thrown into the game, but it seems to work as it's fun to view your fish, feed them and watch them grow. Also in the room are records of all your catches listing size, amount and success rate.
When you haul In fish that reach a certain size and number, you then progress to fish at different sites until you reach the newly set quotas. At the end of the whole process, the Master Fisherman (a Grizzly Adams lookalike) relinquishes his crown to you as he offers some pearls of wisdom. One such includes a plea to love with your heart and live in harmony with nature, among other things. Thank you oh wise one-now shove it, fish boy.
- MANUFACTURER - Pack-in Video
- THEME - Fishing
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
Fishing games are big business in Japan, and Natsume is quick to point out that they are reeling in the most popular one to U.S. shores. Known as "Fish Eyes" in Japan. Reel Fishing is a one-of-a-kind fishing title that offers much more than the name suggests.
Obviously, the main objective in this game is to catch fish. There are many tools available to help your cause consisting of multiple rods and reels On addition to numerous lures). The notable thing here is that after you catch the fish, they can be deposited into your personal aquarium, if you so choose. Once they are put in the aquarium, you can feed your new-found pets and watch them grow (maybe the game should have been called SimFish). Regardless, this is not your typical game. If fishing is your thing, or you're looking for a game unlike any other.
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