8.5
Our overall verdict "Excellent"

Fishing is a sport that translates well onto mobile devices, and there are hundreds of fishing games to choose from. One of our recent favorites is Fisherman’s Horizon from Eduardo Dal-Ri Faraco, and it’s a game we chose as our top pick of the week at the end of January. It’s one of the simpler fishing games you’re likely to find in either app store, but it’s also one of the coolest.

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Fisherman’s Horizon isn’t a game full of flashy graphics as the developer took the retro approach for the title. We’re pleased to say it works well, and while there isn’t a lot to look at due to the nature of the game, you’ll get a bit of a thrill when you unlock a pixely new area. We’ll get to those momentarily, but first we’re going to take a look at the controls.

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The control scheme is a bit odd in Fisherman’s Horizon as you don’t use swipes, but tap to scroll through options or to cast your line. There’s a gauge of sorts that measures the strength of your cast and you simply need to hold the button to start your throw and release to let the bait drop. Holding the button will reel your line back in, and you basically have to get your line under the gauge to snag the fish without breaking the line. It’s hard to explain, but relatively simple once you get the hang of it.

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As you reel in fish (and other objects) you’ll earn coins which can be used in old Cecil’s shop. There, you’ll be able to purchase different baits, rods, and fishing permits along with a few other things. There are also four unlockable characters you can buy, but no explanation as to if they’ll have any effect in the game. That said, I could swear I caught more fish with Sgt. Sazh, but it’s hard to tell. Either way, most of your dough will be spent on upgrades and bait.fishermans horizon

While there isn’t as much content as I’d like to see in Fisherman’s Horizon, there’s enough to keep you busy for a while considering the way the game plays out. You also have a fishing log you can use to keep track of your catches which adds a bit more depth to the game. The lack of content isn’t a knock either, it’s actually more of a compliment as you want more unlockables from good games.

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Verdict

Fisherman’s Horizon is surprisingly addictive given the simple premise and one-tap gameplay. It’s retro fishing done right… and it’s free of ads or other nuisances that can bog down a good indie. If you love to retro games from the 80s, you’ll appreciate Fisherman’s Horizon, and it’s free to download on Google Play.

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