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Fishing Joy 2 Hands-On Preview

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 9th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

The original Fishing Joy has proven to be hugely successful across Asia since its release in the second half of 2010, but that popularity hasn't translated very well to the Western world. With the release of Fishing Joy 2 later this week, we got a chance to check it out and see if this edition will tempt more of the world this time round.

Fishing Joy 2 isn't actually anything like a fishing sim, despite the name. Instead, it's a glorified shoot em up aimed at the casual market. Players are presented with an underwater scene with an array of different sea creatures floating around. A tap of the screen unleashes a tirade of bullets and, well, that's about it.

There's variety in the form of different weapons that can be used, each with different powers and strengths, but it's a subtle change that doesn't really change the basic structure of what's expected of the player.

Fish are valued differently according to their size with the player given coins for each capture. A multiplier affects how many coins are gained with these pieces leading to gaining levels. It's a simple enough mechanic with levelling up leading to new scenes to shoot amongst.

Ultimately though, there's little point to Fishing Joy 2. It's very pretty to look at and cute in its own way, but there's seemingly no real draw to returning to it. I found myself playing it till I ran out of coins (which means no more bullets until a refresh or in-app purchase) then leaving disinterested. Lack of structure sometimes doesn't matter but in the case of Fishing Joy 2, the addition of challenges would have benefited it greatly. As it stands, the action is never-ending but also lacking a strong purpose other than to pass the time.

Regardless, it'll be fascinating to see how casual gamers across the world react to such a laid back game when Fishing Joy 2 comes out July 12th.

FrEEday Vol 42

Posted by Chris Nitz on April 29th, 2011

Biolab Disaster:
Take a stroll down nostalgia lane in this jump’n’run style game. There are three levels to explore packed with six types of enemies to nuke into oblivion with your plasma gun. The visual style will take you back to the classic computer gaming days when it was all about great game play and simple visuals. Old games need love too!

Wacky Balls:
Your ball controlling skills will be put to the test in this simple little game. The best part is that the game will randomize levels with obstacles, thus giving you a new challenge no matter how many times you play. Five different power-ups will help you achieve high scores, while the simple game-play mechanics will make this game accessible to players of all skill levels.

Fishing Joy:
Grab your virtual fishing nets; it is time to hit the water for a bit of fishing excitement. Your goal is to catch the most magnificent fish the sea has to offer and turn them in for big rewards. Be careful though, sharks and other obstacles will hinder your fishing mastery. When you just need to relax, turn on the aquarium mode and settle in for a visual feast. Who says you need to be up at the ass crack of dawn for the best fishing?

The Gates of Heaven are under attack from the minions of hell, and it is up to you to defend them in this tower defense game. With 42 levels, six tower types, and seven enemy types, there is plenty to challenge you all day long. Tack on six game modes and high scores to master and you have enough to get you through any boring meeting.

You know you want to sail the seven seas and sport a sexy peg leg. Ok, so maybe you won’t be sailing and enjoying the company of a talking parrot, but you will be defending your virtual pirate ship while decimating your enemies. Use special arms, ammunition, and upgrade your ship to be the master of the sea. The game is packed full of fun and humor that everyone can enjoy!