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Ridiculous Fishing review: It's not just fun to play; it's hysterical

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The Good Ridiculous Fishing is simple, yet addictive, with great arcade action and dry humor throughout to keep you coming back for more.

The Bad There is no landscape option for the iPad, making the game uncomfortable to play for long periods.

The Bottom Line Ridiculous Fishing is a fun and funny diversion, with upgrades that suck you in, and the kind of arcade action that makes it easy to recommend to any iOS gamer.


8.5 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 9
  • Interface 8
  • Performance 9

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Ridiculous Fishing - A Tale of Redemption is a simple and hilarious fishing game with an old-school graphics style, tilt controls, and addictive absurd gameplay. Loved by critics and iOS gamers alike, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about for what -- at first blush -- seems like a game you might have played on the original Nintendo. Also, some recent updates added new items and fixed earlier issues, making the game better than ever.

In Ridiculous Fishing, you play as a fisherman named Billy, sending a line into the depths to catch as many fish as possible, then reel it back in. As your hook travels downward, you tilt your device to guide it past schools of fish to reach the lowest depth possible. When you reach the limit of your fishing line or the bottom, you slowly move back to the surface while tilting to catch as many fish as possible before you reach the top.

Once at the surface, the game takes a turn toward the absurd, as all the fish you've caught are flung into the air and you are commanded to "shoot the gills off of them!" At this point you touch the screen frantically trying to shoot all the fish. When the last fish is shot, you're greeted with a "Fish Report" that tells you how much money you made. Each type of fish is worth a different amount, and it pays to know which ones will give you the most loot as you're bringing in your haul.

Billy also carries a tablet computer where you can access the main menu of the game. Here you'll find four buttons to go to the in-game store, learn about the fish you catch in Fish-O-Pedia, read messages from your bird friends in Byrdr (an in-game Twitter-like feed), and access the map.

Ridiculous Fishing
In the first phase of fishing (left), you want to avoid fish to get as deep as possible. Once you've caught a fish, you'll want to catch as many more as you can as you head for the surface. Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

At the store, there are a number of options to upgrade your fishing line, weapons, and other abilities. As an example, when you start out, your fishing line is fairly short, but as you earn money in each round, you'll be able to buy longer fishing lines in the store. You can buy more-powerful weapons, like the Uzi that lets you "roll like a gangsta," or the shotgun that simply says, "chk chk BOOM." There are also upgrades like the lamp that helps you see when you're navigating the dark depths or the chainsaw lure that lets you blast through fish on the way down.

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