Forget the hip waders; PunchBox lets you go fishing on your iDevice.
What is it?
So, it isn’t exactly “fishing” in the traditional sense—it’s more like a shooting gallery with fish.
Fishing Joy II is not quite a bullet hell type of game, but there is a lot of shooting going on.
How does it work?
Fishing Joy II is another of the simplest games to play: wherever you touch the screen is where your weapon will fire. The more fish you kill, the more coins our collect, but there is a catch—it will cost you coins to shoot your weapon. Yep, this is a kind of pay-to-play game; the game subtracts a coin for each “bullet” fired. The challenge is to hit and kill enough fish to earn back more than you spend.
There are several species of fish and other sea life, and as the fish gets bigger and harder to kill the rewards grow: kill a sardine and you get one coin, kill a puffer fish and you get 15 coins, etc. As you advance in levels you are allowed to use upgraded weapons and can access the “multiplier.” This feature lets you multiply the cost of a shot along with its potency. A shot that used to cost one coin can be multiplied to cost four coins and make your shot four times more potent. This can help to bring down the bigger fish faster so they don’t swim out of range.
Be careful with your shots, as you can run out of coins. If this happens, you can continue to play with a score multiplier of zero. Your shots cost nothing but you don’t get to collect any coins for fish you kill. There are gratuity coins granted for checking in/playing every so often, so you can try to build your coin stash over time.
The fire control is dirt simple—touch the screen. There are several other aspects of the game you can manage from the controls at the bottom, including the aforementioned multiplier, weapon selection, coin purchasing and the menu. The menu offers a “take a picture” feature, another way to purchase coins (with real money, of course), “help” (tutorial, FAQ and Contact), and some basic settings.
The background music is almost relaxing and the graphics are very well done. If you don’t feel like decimating oceanic fauna, you can sit and watch your private aquarium. I think I may actually prefer just watching things swim by to shooting them. If you want, you can even have some fun with the start up screen—before touching the start button, touch the water and you’ll see what I mean.
Is it contagious?
Now for the hard part. The name of the Game is Fishing Joy II, but it isn’t really fishing and I didn’t get a great deal of joy from it. However, for a shooting gallery game, it isn’t bad. As mentioned, the graphics are really nice and the game play is very simple. Upgrading to “bigger” guns doesn’t seem to kill fish a lot faster, so you are still spending a lot of coin to kill your target.
If you like this sort of game, Fishing Joy 2 is a good option. If shooting gallery games don’t trip your trigger this one is easy enough to pass up.