If you were around in the early 90's, surely you remember the Dream Team. If not, imagine a time when the sport of basketball was flooded with incredible players, and an Olympic team was assembled of among the best men to ever play the sport playing their respective positions. Unsurprisingly, they took home the gold. If an iOS equivalent exists, it has to be the team of guys behind the recently released Ridiculous Fishing. Vlambeer, responsible for Super Crate Box [$1.99], Zach Gage, the man behind our 2012 Game of the Year Runner-Up, SpellTower [$1.99], Greg Wohlwend who have made too many amazing games to list, and Eirik Suhrke, the maestro behind both Spelunky and Hotline Miami responsible for the soundtrack. Put those guys together in a room, and similarly, they're going to produce gold. What started as the Flash game Radical Fishing has since been endlessly refined into a game that I've been unable to put down.

The premise of Ridiculous Fishing [$2.99] is identical to that of its Radical predecessor: You start the game by casting your line into the water, then you tilt your device to control where your lure is in the water. Ideally, you want to get as deep as possible, avoiding all forms of aquatic life. The first time you collide with something, the music gets reversed and you start reeling in your line.

At this point, the goal is reversed in that you want to collect as many fish as possible, similarly by tilting. Anything that hits your lure gets picked up, and once you break the surface of the water things get really crazy- You actually catch fish by shooting them with whatever firearm you have equipped at the time. Each of them behave a little differently, so you might be tapping or sliding your finger around to kill fish.

On top of the basic mechanic(s) of the game rides a persistent upgrade system where you're earning money from your catches and then spending it on different upgrades ranging from new line to fish deeper, new weapons to kill more effectively and more. Of particular interest is the ability to add both a toaster and a hair dryer to your line to negate two accidental collisions to fish even deeper.

You eventually get a, err, chainsaw-type attachment to add to your lure, allowing you to dash through fish to get even further underwater. The way all of these upgrades build on top of each other feels great, as Ridiculous Fishing totally gives off almost Doodle Jump-like "I could play this forever" vibes while providing the whole "Aww man, I only need $1,000 more for this next item" to keep you playing even more. The combination is incredibly dangerous for your spare time.

I won't spoil it, but the game even has a plot of sorts told through a in-game faux Twitter feed called "Byrdr." There's even an ending to work towards, which then unlocks an endless mode where you can compete for high scores. Ridiculous Fishing is such a complete package that it's an effortless recommendation. It totally captures that gameplay niche of a game you can load up and play for a few minutes while providing a feel of progression that also makes the title suitable for substantially longer play sessions- Especially once you start to discover some of its secrets and other particularly effective techniques for maximizing your score.

There's no IAP to speak of, and the whole game feels like a cohesive whole. You need to download Ridiculous Fishing, that's really all there is to it.

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  • http://twitter.com/Rockerman42 Chaz Oswald

    Awesome Game!

  • babeve

    Another Ninja Fishing?!

    • Jake R

      No. Go do your research.

    • babeve
      • guy

        thank you, thumbs up to you :)

      • Jake R

        Thanks for doing your research. =)

      • babeve

        : P

  • anks

    This game is a ripoff of ninja fishing.

    • http://twitter.com/touchgameplay TouchGamePlay

      What the hell are you talking about? Ninja Fishing was a freaking ripp-off from the first Ridiculous Fishing Build. Gamenauts, the Developer of Ninja Fishing, is just a Copy Cat similar to Zynga and other crappy Developer/Publisher out there.

      • LOOMfreek

        And their all rip offs of the sunken treasure game in Zelda Wind Waker.

      • Jxsgamer

        ...what?
        Are you talking about grapple hooking treasure from the depth? I see no similarity..

      • LOOMfreek

        You see no similarity to casting your hook into the water, while avoiding obstacles on the way down and on the way up?

        The only difference between the treasure game and these games are that on the way up you collide with the obstacles instead of avoiding them. It's the SAME Exact gameplay mechanic just that they modified the design and built out a gameplay reward system around it.

    • captainugboots

      That comment is a ripoff of the comment Babeve made about ninja fishing!

      • Banzboy

        This game is a ripoff of real life fishing!

    • http://twitter.com/LeisurelyAmoeba Jesse

      i believe ninja fishing was a ripoff of the original flash game.

      • WoeOfAftermath

        I believe Ninja Ripoff was the original fish game.

      • Benegesserit

        Hey ripoffs certainly didn't hurt the king of all ripoff profiteering: Angry Birds

  • ethandude123

    Yes! I've been waiting to play this!

  • AsgerJ

    No sync between devices? /:

  • http://underscorediscovery.com/ Sven Bergström

    The original and best! This game is sublime, polished beyond all ridiculousness and has insane amounts of content and gameplay. GET IT. RIGHT NOW.

  • Colin Walsh

    Dear Everyone Complaining That This Is A Ripoff of Ninja Fishing,

    Ninja Fishing is a copy of Vlambeer's game Radical Fishing, not the other way around.

    Love,
    Colin

    • metalmandave83

      Ninja Fishing looks better.

      • guy

        all about preference, but i definitely like the art on ridiculous fishing better. Its unique,sharp, and clean

      • MidianGTX

        So play it then. Also tell Zynga I hate them too next time you're in bed with the CEO.

      • metalmandave83

        Lol

    • LOOMfreek

      Actually, all of those games are a rip-offs of the mini-sunken treasure
      game from Zelda Wind Waker. I don't mind developers taking cues from
      other games, but it would be nice if these articles would give credit where credit is due though.

  • Jake R

    This really came a long way since they first came up with the concept back in 2010. An original PC title perfectly ported to iOS. They took their time, but it was worth the wait.

  • nestor

    Buy it. That's all. Back to fishing...

  • Zetaspawn

    Is there a non tilt control scheme? I can't stand tilting my giant ipad around

  • MidianGTX

    To be fair, it's not his job to do research on games. If anything the moral is merely to stop shouting "rip off" at everything.

    • guy

      you got a point, but it just stresses me out, the company really needs this, and its a pain to see people yell at them for ripping off when they didnt.

  • metalmandave83

    After watching the video... This looks waaay more fun than Ninja Fishing.Not a big fan of the art style though.

  • nicktitle

    I can confirm this game freakin rules

  • grits

    Love the art.

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

    This is my favorite video game.

    • Zeldaniac

      Like, ever?

    • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.arcelo Patrick Arcelo

      Not sure to be happy for you or sad.

  • shero89

    someone correct me if I'm wrong this game is a sequel to radical fishing which came out in 2010 ( a flash game not on IOS ) in 2011 ninja fishing was released and you can say that ninja fishing is a clone to radical fishing then this game out so how can people say it's a clone to ninja fishing !!!

    • metalcasket

      Because people are idiots.

      • LOOMfreek

        Sorry, their all wrong. They are clones of the mini-sunken treasure game in Zelda Wind Waker released back on the DS in 2002.

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

        How so?

      • Cheeseball

        It's nothing like the Zelda mini-game though.

  • QWERTYthebold

    I love it, but it seems to be choppy or something? It's not very smooth and that makes it hard on my eyes.

    • sanderbos

      Indeed, it's dream team perhaps in game design but not technical ability. There's white letters on the right side on the screen, I think they are letters, that I literally cannot read because of the terrible scrolling. You would think a game like this would pull off more than 10 frames-per-second on my iPad 3.

  • Illuminerdy

    iCloud between devices? Doesn't seem so, but the game is so fun it hardly matters.

    • Illuminerdy

      Someone downvoted this innocuous comment?

  • 28monkeys

    A MUST BUY TITLE

  • lancheta

    I have both versions on my phone. Ninja fishing and dangerous are both good in their own rights. I like the art design for ninja fishing and dangerous fishing's frantic gameplay.

  • Illuminerdy

    Nice Rushmore reference in this game.

    • http://twitter.com/aeiowu Greg Wohlwend

      Thanks! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/randy.jacinto Randy Jacinto

    ok, I was a bit hesitant at first, 'cause I played Ninja Fishing before, and it got old quite fast. But man, after seeing all the comments, reviews, forums, and tweets, I bought it! and wow, I'm not regretting it. Super great game, oozing with pixely goodness. There's just a lot of love poured out with each sprite :) and I love the progression of the game too! and yey, no IAP! :D

  • TheDanma

    Great review, Eli! Are we going to see a "TA Plays" video for this soon?

    And to everyone else, this game is dangerously addicting. Please support this iOS "Dream Team" and buy it!

  • Illuminerdy

    Simpson's did it.

    • Yo My

      What's a did it?

      • Illuminerdy

        Good catch, friendo.

  • Boobi

    Game is a BLAST and so addictive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rameken Jan Rameken

    Instabuy, even if only to support devs whose intellectual property was blatantly ripped off.

    • LOOMfreek

      Actually, they all ripped off Nintendo and Zelda Windwaker. So don't feel bad by spending your money.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rameken Jan Rameken

        That's like saying Resident Evil is a ripoff of Doom because in both games you shoot at things. Ninja Fishing actually copied Vlambeer's fishing game practically point by point.

      • LOOMfreek

        What??? What does RE and Doom have anything to do with it. I wasn't referring to Windwaker the game as a whole nor a genre. And if you played Wind Waker you'd probably know that.

        I'm taliking about the actual gameplay mechanic and design of the mini-sunken treasure game with-in Zelda Windwaker. Which yes was copied by both Ninja Fishing and Vlambeer's fishing game. Google it, there is probably a movie of the sunken treasure game on youtube. And yes, Windwaker came out back in 2002.

  • Canupa

    Wow! I love this game!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552732086 Igor McBell

    Ninja fishing actually plays better due to swipe mechanic. Thus I don't think it's a rip-off, but an evolution.

    • MidianGTX

      Yeah, an evolution of Fruit Ninja. I thought it was pretty boring and uninspired. Also pathetically easy. This game gets tough when you've got 100 fish raining down on you.

  • http://twitter.com/crunchewy Crunchewy

    Alright, I bought it. Let's see if this is fun.

  • nao

    When that fishing line went down and told me to avoid fishes I thought I got burned on another dumb endless avoiding game.

    Was pleasantly surprised when it came back up and can't put this down since.

  • Andrew1234_

    I don't think I'll ever delete this from my iDevice.

  • blah_berry

    This game is amazing!

  • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

    So weird that $3 is seen as a premium price for a game of this quality. This game is really awesome and there's not a cent of IAP--just how I like it!!! Its worth ten times the price so pick it up now!!!

  • mrTofu

    Looks great. I would love to see some type of chart data that compares both games later on.

  • Appvism

    Is this game worth £2?! I guess i've gotten so use to $1 games now on iOS i feel a little hesitant to pay more!

    Only joking, going to get it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikus2k Nuno Lourenço

    sorry but this game is a copy of this game ----> ninjafishing

    • Arthur

      Prove it?

    • agentblank

      Troll?

  • mutantchameleon

    Can someone please tell me how to access the menu where I can change locations and the fish-o-pedia, I did it before and for some crazy reason I can't figure out how I did. !!!

    • Flamingo

      Tap Billy's tablet, instead of the water, to bring up the menu.

  • mr ed209

    What does "there's no IAPs to speak of" mean? Either there are IAPs or there aren't. Which is it?

    • http://kelseyhigham.com/ Kelsey Higham

      There aren't.

  • B4rl3y

    I'm in love with this game, play it everywhere I go.
    Highly recommend....

  • ttocs

    I'm surprised just how much I enjoy this game. It's simple but really fun.

  • rocklobster

    I simply don't get all the glowing reviews. I tried it for 2 minutes and found it completely boring. Subtitle aside, there's nothing clever, literary, or ironic about the game itself. And the aesthetics are not retro and cute (as they are in super mega worm for example), but just unappealingly hideous. Either you're all shills or suffer from questionable judgement. Don't believe the hype. This is both dull and ugly.

  • kupats4

    Nice game :) trying to get all fish types (60/66)

  • star-affinity

    Poor fish and crabs. What have they done?

  • http://twitter.com/DesignByAdrian Adrian von Gegerfelt

    Not worth $2.99!

    If you compare to a full-length movie, then yes, but if you compare to what games you can get for $0.99 that last of rmore than two days, then no.

  • inFamous2-VIC

    This game is awesome!

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