831815_largerOne of the best releases this year has been Vlambeer's Ridiculous Fishing [$2.99], and it's pretty much my go-to recommendation when anybody asks me about good games for their iPhone. It was a "ridiculously" complete package when we reviewed the game in March, but as we learned back in June a big update was in the works which looked to flesh things out even further.

Today that update arrived for Ridiculous Fishing, with the flagship feature being the ability to cut your line early if you so desire. That's right, the "walk of shame" you used to be forced to take if you accidentally snagged a fish when you meant to keep diving down is no longer a requirement if you buy the new Knife from The Store. Of course, I think that sort of thing builds character, but if you want to take the easy way out then that's your prerogative, buddy.

Besides the Knife there are some other new items in the Store to dump some money into, and the endless Maelstrom level has been remixed a bit with new fish and fish patterns. This includes Friend Fishes which are special fish that represents your Game Center friends' high scores, so you can show off that you beat your buddy by catching their fish.

Finally, the option to play your own music in the game is available. Why you would want to listen to anything other than the awesome soundtrack is anybody's guess, but hey, it's always nice to have options. There are also rumored to be some additional secrets, so if you beat Ridiculous Fishing to death a few months back be sure to give the latest update a thorough spin.

  • bigred447uk

    I was hooked by the hype the first time. There's no way I'm biting this time. I'm taking my rod and tackle home.

  • tommytwotits

    I can't seem to see any new fish in the fish-o-pedia, also where is the music option?

  • cowtruck123

    At first, i thought the hover saw lure wasn't working correctly because of the update, but o figured out that you have to use two fingers to stop while going back up...

  • svan11

    I wonder if when you use your own music it plays it in reverse when you're reeling in the fish. That would be fantabulous.

    • pxlpshr

      Would probably infringe on copyright. I have a friend in the music industry - you so much as alter a song by 1 second and the lawyers start banging down your door like polar bears in the Yukon.

  • ShawnMak

    From what I understand, this wasn't actually the *big* update. Of course, I could be totally off my sea-faring rocker here.

  • theorangeipod

    Additional secrets?

  • Tyler Eaves

    I don't understand why you keep pumping the tires of this game. It's the disappointment of the year, not the greatest. A real turkey of a game. The kind of thing that might be acceptable as a mini-game in a larger title.

    • Taclys

      I sorta agree. I feel as if the game is getting a little too much praise, however it was definitely worth the cash and play. I'm looking forward to the update, though I never played the game much past beating the campaign.

      • armilla

        I agree with the sentiment. Production and art direction are wonderful, but the gameplay gets old after a while. Definitely worth the $3, but I couldn't make it to the end either - I'm hoping the updated content will change that.

    • pillzhereish

      Oh god thank you, I thought I was the only one thinking "Hmm it's nice but I don't get all the critical acclaim around this, maybe that's just not for me"

      • cinosinop

        The hype was around "Ninja Fishing" taking the idea from vlambeers's early showing of this game. Ridiculous is quite appropriate for what the company has gone through. It seems everytime they show a new game in early stages, someone else takes the idea and runs with it (Luftrausers).

    • pxlpshr

      For 3 shekels I got my money's worth. Sometimes we expect $60 worth of gameplay after being spoiled by the likes of Bioshock Infinite or Dishonored. For $3 the game provides hours of fun and then it's done. Move on to Tiny Thief.

  • orangecan

    Agree completely I'm glad I bought it, it was worth the money and good fun but I could never understand the level of praise it got. A fun little game but no more than that.

  • BulkSlash

    The one thing I wish they'd add is iCloud saving. It's a pain not being able to share my progress between my iPad (where I've unlocked everything) and my iPhone (where I've unlocked barely 20% of things).

  • RangerInfantry

    This is the only game I've been playing lately. Pure awesomeness.

  • lr1919

    What an over-hyped game... Meh... So many better releases this year, but I'm sure it'll win Game of the Year just because of the developer's bad luck with clones.

  • sweetdiss

    This isn't the Big Update they teased. Even the text of the update calls it "minor". The other areas and junk are still coming.