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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun, cartoony VR fishing reels in a big whopper of a hit.

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Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

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Players can spend $2.99 of real money to access a new fishing area.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bait! is an arcade-style virtual reality fishing game for GoogleVR, Daydream VR, and Android platforms. Apart from offering players the chance to use real money ($2.99) to purchase a new fishing area, there's no inappropriate content to be found. Parents should also know that virtual reality equipment makers don't recommend VR experiences for kids under 12 due to the potential impact the technology may have on younger players' physiological development. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In BAIT!, you're in a tropical paradise, but you're not on vacation. It's your first week at your new job with the aquarium, and your boss wants you to find a Prehistoric Perch so you can bring it back and, hopefully, save the aquarium. But, being both a novice fisherman and new to the island, you'll have to not only find where the Prehistoric Perch hangs out, but also work your way through the other fishin' holes to get there. Which means catching lots of fish!

Is it any good?

Like other cartoony, arcade-style fishing video games, Bait! manages to capture the serenity and excitement of real fishing, but it makes it a bit more exciting. Using simple touch controls and your VR helmet's directional abilities, you have to cast your rod and then, if a fish bites, use a combination of careful taps and button holds to reel it in. Along with saving the aquarium and your job, your objectives including catching a certain number of fish and making enough money to buy better equipment, in the hopes of eventually finding and catching the elusive Prehistoric Perch.

All of this works really well in VR, especially given the game's simple but effective controls. That said, serious fishermen might not enjoy how goofy it gets, especially when they catch ake fish like the Pigskin Pufferfish, which looks like someone glued fins and googly eyes onto a football. But if you have a sense of humor about fishing, Bait! is a great way to spend a relaxing couple of hours without having to wake up at the crack of dawn.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time. VR is meant to be immersive, but how do you make sure that you take breaks and give yourself time away from the virtual world?

  • When using a VR system, why is it important to make sure the area you're in is free of things you might break or trip over? Why might it also be a good idea to play with a partner?

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For kids who love virtual reality

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