Gamenauts, creators of an iOS title we liked very much called Stickbound [Free], have released a video for their newest project called Ninja Fishing. Basically, it takes the novel slicing gameplay of Fruit Ninja [99¢] and couples it with... fishing. It may sound like a pretty strange premise, but after watching the trailer I actually think it looks pretty intriguing. You’ll use tilt to control a fishing line as it lowers into the depths of the water, hooking fish along the way. Then, as you reel them up and above the surface, they are flung into the air where you must quickly slice 'em and dice 'em with your katana, Fruit Ninja style.

The key to success in Ninja Fishing is getting your line as deep as possible into the water before it hooks a fish and begins its ascent, giving you more time to hook additional fish on the way up. The more fish that you slice up, the more gold you earn which can be used for upgrades to your katana and hook, as well as other gameplay modifiers. Ninja Fishing sounds like it might just be wacky enough to work, and we’ll be able to find out when it launches on August 4th for 99¢. We’ll be sure to check out Ninja Fishing when it releases, and be sure to stop by the game’s discussion thread in our forums.

  • nickmorgs

    Wow.  I've never felt so underwhelmed.  A complete lack of originality.

  • HateWord

    Use of the word 'Addicting' = NO BUY!

  • JCman7

    I beta tested this game and it is completely original yes the slicing is sort of like fruit ninja but it is different. It is a great game and I highly recommend it

  • http://www.brandonnn.com brandonnn

    The only thing original about this game is how shamelessly they ripped off Vlambeer's 2010 game RADICAL FISHING! http://vimeo.com/15297796

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Never heard of Radical Fishing before, but you're right. Just another day on the App Store.

      • http://www.brandonnn.com brandonnn

        You should totally help put things right and do a follow-up about it!

  • Jack Brockley

    This seriously couldn't rip off Radical Fishing any more obviously

  • http://twitter.com/NoelFB Noel Berry

    Man, this is pretty lame. It sucks to see people so obviously ripping RADICAL FISHING off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kidko Bobby Arlauskas

    It's an EXTRA slap in the face when Vlambeer releases such amazing games for free, like a public service with the goal of fun, and Greedy McGreederpants comes along to rip it off and sell it to the unsuspecting masses, slapping horrible cliche art and music all over it.

  • Thijmen

    At least the graphics are better :p But ye, shameless. Even my parody on radical fishing was less of a rip-off, and I used Vlambeer's water.

  • http://www.brandonnn.com brandonnn

    Well, I guess this explains their cavalier attitude: 

    "The cloning scene will never cease in 5 years or even 10 years because I think that's the inevitable nature of any segment of the game industry." - Gamenauts CEO Stanley Adrianus, 2007, via http://www.gamezebo.com/news/2007/04/23/interview-stanley-adrianus-gamenauts

  • Rpgmind

    Im playing Radical Fishing right now; wouldnt have known about it if not for the other posters.  Its really fun- maybe that guy should release it on the appstore.  Until then, this looks 'highly inspired' game will fill the need nicely.  Look real fun.

  • John

    I won't support this dev after Stickbound. Developers updated the game to have ads + free, essentially ruining the experience for any people who had paid for the game previously. They also took out the two best things from the game, the original icon art, and the original music. Deleted it off my iphone after that slap in the face. Looks like this game unoriginal. I suggest people avoid it. I don't know why TA is showing them support, stickbound was only average endless runner to start, with an interesting but somewhat bland execution, and this really doesn't look so good either, not to mention how they treat customers. So many better devs to give shout outs to.