Radical Fishing: It's Time to Bring Out the Big Guns

Radical Fishing

From Capcom's Breath of Fire to Nintendo's Animal Crossing series, fishing has always been a video game staple. Why exactly do people love fishing in both its real life and virtual forms?

Perhaps we can attribute it to the anticipation it offers. Waiting for fish to nibble on the other end of the line can be oddly relaxing yet exciting at the same time. Or maybe because it is a delicate process, requiring precision when choosing which lure to tempt a desired fish type. Regardless what your motivation for getting into the sport is, we're sure that you have never experienced it quite like you will with Radical Fishing.

Radical Fishing by iOS hit Ridiculous Fishing creator, Vlambeer, ditched the "extreme" of extreme sports entirely and moved straight to downright bloody. Don't get us wrong, it's brilliantly addicting.

Once you start a new game, you get introduced to Billy, featureless sprite person who is described to fish like a man. Your angling journey starts out normal enough. You click on the screen in order to drop your line in that direction. You are advised to avoid as many fish as you can in order to get your line as deep undersea as possible. Once you either maximize your line or a fish bites, the line retracts and it's time to catch as many creatures as you can. After your haul is reeled in, things start getting interesting as every fish and sea creature you caught is tossed up in the air. When that happens, grab your pistol, shotgun or Uzi to shoot the crap out of them. Yes, that's how the game describes the process and yes, its unbelievably fun.

After your screen is filled with blood splatters, you are then shown how well or how badly you did and are informed how much cash you earned for the day. The money you earn can be used to purchase items from the game's Shop. There is an assortment of thingamabobs which may either help you maximize your fishing efficiency or just add a cap, a.k.a. "the finest redneck headwear". We're digging the variety of available items offered. Buying the Fishopedia allows you to view which sea creatures you have caught along with an amusing description of the species. The Toaster and the Hairdryer extends your deep sea exploration by electrocuting the first and second fish you touch. You can even get a chainsaw which lets you boost through fish (as long as you have fuel that is).

The graphics are pretty raw, resembling paper scribbles or Paint doodles but we really don't mind. Once you really get into the game, it'll be pretty hard to imagine it looking any other way (unless of course you've been playing Ridiculous Fishing). Anyway, the crude-looking art does lend a retro feel to the game, especially since it's topped off with NES style music.

The system is deceptively simple. While Radical Fishing doesn't have bells and whistles in the form of fancy modes like the big fishing simulator games out there or even a proper face for Billy, its unique take on fishing is quite compelling. Having to blast your daily catch, filling the screen with doodle blood splatters is amusingly twisted. You will find yourself strangely drawn to the whole routine, even wanting to, as they say, catch them all. While we advise caution against introducing this virtual sport to a 5-year-old, teens and adults who are looking for a gory alternative to your run-in-the-mill angling title should give Radical Fishing a chance. Don't let the crudely drawn graphics fool you, this is one irresistible fishing game that takes virtual fishing to a whole new level.