I don’t know about the giant space whales that resonate so deeply with me, but as soon as I see one in a video game, I’m in it for the long haul. That’s how Fishing Paradiso managed to hook me, with a celestial whale informing my mind that I’ve been to paradise. Good news, right? Well, heaven is cool and all, but is it really as cool as you personally would like? Maybe there’s a way to turn paradise into your own perfect paradise?
The weird setup was quite interesting, but what ultimately blew me away (pun intended) were the stunning pixel graphics, the story, and the absolutely terrific soundtrack. Don’t be surprised to see Fishing Paradiso appear on our list of the best Android games soon.
After landing squarely in paradise, your silent protagonist receives a narrative guide in the form of Birdy, a spirited little blue bird who takes you under his wing. Sky’s economy is different than I would have guessed, as Birdy commands you to engage in the noble art of fishing to eat, get gold, and help other souls hanging around. Who knew the dead craved fish so badly?
There are hundreds of fish, real and imagined, to catch and conquer.
The fishing is more complex than I expected and actually requires some finesse to master. Your character starts with a basic rod with terrible stats, which can be upgraded to improve stamina, casting power, and tension, among other things. Different types of fish will spawn depending on what region of the sky you are in, and they will spawn in the front, middle, or background depending on how their race behaves. Larger fish can be quite difficult to land, so increasing your rod stats is necessary to be successful.
But you’re not just here to catch fish. As you search for the mystical space whale, you encounter all sorts of colorful characters who will give you quests for certain types, sizes, and quantities of fish. Once a quest is completed, you will be rewarded with gold and sometimes neat items to decorate your island shed. One feature of the game that I particularly like is that the quest and sub-quest fish will have colored shadows, which will make your targets much easier to spot.
Quests also advance the game’s story, and the depth displayed caught me off guard. I’ve had very low expectations for the narrative of a fishing game, but in addition to some conflict with angels, your character seems to experience flashbacks to his past life. It’s unclear how he died, and these flashbacks don’t seem to point to a particularly good exit from the mortal realm. It’s a beautiful mystery to watch unfold on what could have been a much more boring game.
New to Play Pass, Fishing Paradiso is free for subscribers and comes with a few cosmetic IAPs already unlocked.
I do have a few small complaints though, one of which could be an issue unique to my device or operating system. When playing on my OnePlus 9 (with Android 12 beta), the game freezes after taking screenshots and the only way to restore gameplay is to exit the game completely and resume from your last save. Speaking of which, there are only autosaves, which are generally good, but they happen at somewhat erratic times as far as story pacing goes. If you pick up the game after a conversation, you’ll probably have to rewatch the whole thing. And no, dialogue cutscenes cannot be skipped.
Fishing Paradiso is a new addition to Google Play Pass, so it’s 100% free for subscribers. Even so, the price is hard to pass on, especially when it means optional in-app purchases are also considered already purchased. This means you’ll start with three additional decorating packs for your home that would otherwise have cost two bucks each.
If you’re not a Play Pass subscriber, Fishing Paradiso is still free, but monetized through ads and in-app purchases. Unfortunately, I can’t accurately comment on the prevalence of ads since I’ve never encountered them, but IAPs, as stated earlier, are completely harmless.
All told, Fishing Paradiso is a great game for fishing pros and casual life-sim/RPG gamers. You can just as easily spend a few minutes making a few throws as you can go through a few chapters of the game at a time. It has a few annoying mechanical quirks, but nothing so bad that it can’t be forgiven. It’s definitely more robust than other fishing-centric games, like Fishing Life, so I’d heartily recommend it to anyone looking to get their fishing fix.
Windfish, is that you?
Who knew being dead would involve so much fishing?
Make yourself a new home in paradise and fish your way in Fishing Paradiso for Android.
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