Going Fishing with Kapu Fishing [Game Review]
In all honesty, Im not much a fisherman. No, not because I dislike fishing in any way, I just seem to have a hard time finding time to get on one of the fishing boats in Deadliest Catchnot to mention just going down to local streams fishing. So when I saw Kapu Fishing, an opportunity presented itself to go fishing without leaving the house while at the same time showing the kids a bit of what fishing is about.
There are two separate but related parts of Kapu Fishing: first, the fishing itself. In this part of the game, you take on the role of a fisherman in his little boat, ready to take on all the fish in the local lake with your lures and fishing rods. By swiping across the screen with your finger, you direct the fisherman as he casts his line into the water. Depending on the angle of your swipe, the lure and the line will fly an appropriate distance before disappearing into the depths.
Once in the water, you control the depth of the lure by tapping on the screen. Tapping makes the lure move towards the surface while leaving it alone will cause it to sing. The whole purpose of this portion of the game is to use the lure to capture as many fish as possible. Once the lure gets close to the boat, the fisherman will collect the fish and add them to his collection in the boat. One thing to be cautious about: if you get too many fish in your boat, your boat will sink and your fish will escape!
When a particular spot dries out, you can fire up the engine of your boat and go around the lake, looking for better spots.
Should you get tired of fishing, you can go to the lure designing workshop. Here, you can design your own lure by adding eyes, fins, hooks and a variety of other items. The completed product is used by your fisherman when he goes back out on the water.
Kapu Fishing is a colorful and detailed game with a storybook feel to the graphics. In a way this is also how the game is presented, whether intentionally or not. The action essentially takes place from left to right, almost as if you were reading a story, flipping the pages from fishing spot to fishing spot. The original artwork, from the fox and his boat to the fish and other underwater animals and attention to detail throughout the game pulls everything together in a cohesive presentation.
Kapu Fishing lets you go out there, create your own lure and then go catch a variety of fish while at the same time doing your best to avoid submarines and other creatures that you usually dont get on the hook. Zooming around with your boat can provide fun as well while you also take care not to sink your boat due to excessive number of fish.
Although this game is entertainment from my perspective, any game offers areas of learning. From the perspective of everyday activities, a player will better understand what goes into fishing after playing Kapu Fishing and hopefully also the dangers of overloading your boat with fish. Creativity is covered in the part of the game where you create your own lure, whether it be pink or blue, with eyes or hats, there are tons of different combinations that can keep your little one busy for quite a while. I can also see that just playing the game will help with coordination. Depending on how you swipe on the screen, the angle and speed of your lure when you cast will vary. As a result, your range and potential catch varies.
Kapu Fishing is a cute game that your little one without a doubt will find interesting, whether it be fishing, motoring around in the boat or creating a lure. It is also a high quality app with high production values which is evident from sound, graphics and gameplay. Really, the only thing I would have any complain about is that the game is a little short. Sure, the fishing and the lures and all that are great activities. However, I would have loved to see more: having to refuel the boat, offloading/selling the fish, using different fishing poles and even different boats. That, I think, provides a bit of a limitation for this particular game.
If you would like to find out more about Kapu Fishing, take a peek at the trailer below and then head over to Google Play to buy and download.
Going Fishing with Kapu Fishing
- Entertainment Value
- Education Value
Kapu Fishing is a cute game that your little one without a doubt will find interesting, whether it be fishing, motoring around in the boat or creating a lure. It is also a high quality app with high production values which is evident from sound, graphics and gameplay.