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Ninja Fishing

 

 

SCORE: 81

 

Ninja Fishing 

 

A new craze has taken Family Friendly Gaming by storm. That craze is Ninja Fishing. When we first ran coverage of this app I thought it had a good shot at being a really great game. I suspected something about it when I was shown the video. Well today is the day that I let ya'll know my suspicions were well founded. This is one fun little app that has the potential to reach some record milestones.

The concept of Ninja Fishing is two fold. First off you drop your fishing line into the water. The iPhone/iPod Touch is tilted to avoid the fishing. Does that confuse you? It is a fishing game right? Why do we want to avoid the fish. Be patient, I will get to it. When you get as far down as you can go, then you start catching fish. You can tack a nice number of them on while coming back to the surface. There are upgrades to catch even more later on.

The colors are alive in Ninja Fishing. The ninja is on the chubby side, and his uniform does not completely cover his belly. Players have a drill that they can use to drill through the fish on their way down. Once the fish are caught they are flung into the air and the player must slice and dice then. This leads to fish being cut into pieces as they fall into the boat. There are a wide array of fish in Ninja Fishing with numerous color schemes. Finding all the fish is one of the cool qualities of this app.

The music in Ninja Fishing brings a smile to my face. I felt like I was exploring the deep. The slicing sounds did not bother me like I thought they might. We are making Sushi after all. At least I think we are. Not so sure about the rice ingredients, but the ninja references it - a lot. The ninja has various off the wall comments that can be found humorous.

Ninja Fishing tracks a nice array of stats. First off there is how deep you go. Then how many fish you catch, and each time you catch a new kind. The deeper you go the more new kinds you will find. There are upgrades to the fishing line, the ninja's katana, and more. Each fish provides so much money when it is slices. By the way, avoid slicing the dynamite. It will cost you money if you explode it. There is also an addicting quality to Ninja Fishing. I knew I could do better next time.

The one concern I had about Ninja Fishing is if the two game play styles could be mixed or not. Gamenauts pulled it off masterfully. They work great together. I enjoyed going deeper and deeper with my fishing rod. I enjoyed slicing up the fish. I loved purchasing better equipment. I am not the only one though. Everyone here at FFG is playing Ninja Fishing. The game has gotten under everyone's skin. That tells me that Ninja Fishing has the potential of being the next big thing on the iPhone/iPod Touch.

Some of the off the wall comments in Ninja Fishing come from different cultural references. Some of them can be considered crude in some circles. The main lesson I learned from Ninja Fishing is to go as deep as possible when fishing. I also learned to avoid explosives. I would love to see sequels to this app in future years. It was a real pleasure to be given a download code to play and review Ninja Fishing.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 75%
Sound: 86%
Replay/Extras: 86%
Gameplay: 85%
Family Friendly Factor: 75%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Gamenauts
ESRB Rating: '9+' - 9+
{Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence}

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