- 72+ species of fish, each with its unique behavior and AI.
- 12 scenic waterways with multiple locations, various climatic conditions, bottom terrains and vegetation.
- Thousands of tackle combinations with unique physical and hydrodynamic properties.
- Superb dynamic water graphics with ripples and surface that changes depending on wind, current and depth.
- Weather – day/night alternation, change of seasons, different weather conditions (rain, fog, bright sunshine)
- Multiplayer capacity – online tournaments with personal and team scores, system of achievements, leader boards and top-player lists.
While it's free to play it does have a number of optional DLC and Premium accounts. These Premium accounts can be purchased from 1 to 360 days and they're not exactly cheap. A 30 day premium sub costs £6.99, so you could easily end up spending a lot of money on the game. Premium accounts give you a 50% boost on experience and credits, so it's a pretty hefty boost.
I've been reading the reviews and the forum and there's quite a lot of complaints about how long it takes to actually gain money in the game, so it's either a very long grind or pay. Still, it has an overall user rating of Mostly Positive, so it's entirely possible it's a bunch of people overreacting, as often happens with user reviews.
I decided to give the game a test, to see if what people are saying is true and it did not go well. The game didn't load initially, giving me a fully black screen. Turns out it's a Unity game, so of course it uses the version of Unity that broke fullscreen, adding this as a launch option fixes it:
Once in, you're greeted with one of the most annoying things you will ever find — a registration box. Luckily it was painless and you don't even need a password. Weirdly the initial settings only allowed me to go up to a graphical setting of "Simple", which really didn't look very nice at all. Once actually in-game though, you can crank it right up. Performance on the highest setting on my 980ti/i7-5960x was pretty abysmal though, once I adjusted a few options it did seem to perform okay on the "Beautiful" setting with a bit of AA and with dynamic water set to Low. Annoyingly though, it reverts my graphical settings when I quit and relaunch.
Once you make a character, it sends you straight into the tutorial, which was surprisingly straightforward. I caught a few fish, threw them back and it was somewhat relaxing. Funnily enough, during my testing I didn't have a problem constantly catching fish and breaking my own records on them! I had no problem catching tons of fish, so I think a fair amount of reviews about not catching anything are a bit hyperbolic. People are right on the XP and money gain though, they're miniscule without a Premium account so the game is a grind.
I also stupidly got my line caught:
Some wiggling and line adjustments later and I managed to get it free, without having to break my line. As someone entirely new to it, I was pretty darn happy with that.
Overall, it actually seems okay. Not my usual type of game, but it was relaxing for sure.