Ninja Fishing – Gamenauts
If you feel the need to dress like a ninja, row your boat out into a lake for some fishing and then use your sword to chop whatever you catch into sushi, then Ninja Fishing will definitely be your favorite iOS game ever. Even those of us who don’t spend our weekends in costume on the water will still enjoy this game.
So the deal with this game is that you’re a ninja, and a fat ninja at that and you’re fishing. Now to fish you tap to drop your line into the water and when the hook hits a fish, you reel him in. Tilt your iOS device back and forth to guide the hook past the fish and go for more depth. The deeper you go, the more fish you can reel in. Once the fish are reeled in, they fly into the air and you have to swipe them with your finger, fruit ninja style to chop them into sushi. The more you chop, they more money you make. There’s a couple of things that make no sense such as the dynamite that pops up while you’re slicing the fish. I didn’t remember hooking any dynamite. Is there a rival Ninja down there that keeps tossing the dynamite up at me because he wants to corner the fish market? And also t he game doesn’t get into this too deeply but I’m guessing that there’s an invisible sushi supplier that’s in a boat next to you who hauls away your catch and pays you for it.
The most addicting part of this game is the stuff that you can buy with your money. You can upgrade fishing line so that it extends deeper into the ocean or holds more fish. You can get an auto drill that cuts right through the fish on the way down or more gas to power the drill to a deeper depth. You can even upgrade you boat. This doesn’t affect the game play at all up it does look cool to sit there in a viking ship. This isn’t one of those games that constantly bothers you to pay real money for fake game money. Ninja Fishing is fake in game money only.
My only complaint about the game is that it’s not that hard to buy all the upgrades. There was a recent update that doubled the amount of upgrades but I’ve now bought all of those too. I want fish deeper and discover new fish.
For me the best part of iOS games lately is Game Center. I’ve friended my family members and we all check the high scores to see who’s the best in the family. I’ve pulled way ahead in Ninja Fishing and even cracked the top 100 in the world (Game Center says that 150,000 players). That’s pretty cool if you ask me. Now when I come home from work, the kids will give me a hard time if my ranking drops too low, “You’re down to 90th, why didn’t you play at work today?” See how I’m doing or friend me. My Game Center handle is Anthony Compost.
Ninja Fishing has got all the components of a fun, addicting game that you’ll reach for whenever you have a moment. Cool character, good design, social aspects, and the gamification of buying upgrades for money really hooks you in.
Update: Lots of people are coming to this site looking for information about what does the boat upgrade do? The boat upgrade is just to look cool. It doesn’t change the gameplay at all. Sort of lame but the viking ship is pretty cool.
But here’s a video I made that shows you what all the boats in Ninja Fishing look like.