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Desert Island Fishing

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Surprisingly deep fishing game reels in lots of fun.

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Is It Any Good?

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This fishing game may seem simple at first, but its numerous challenges and options enhance the gameplay to keep you coming back for more and more time along the shore. Things move at a comfortable pace in Desert Island Fishing: Players can unlock new islands fairly frequently, they're periodically introduced to new characters whose backstory is gradually revealed, and later levels let them choose which sea creatures they'd like to target by swiping left or right.

There are also subtle lessons about catching fish woven in. For instance, you need to plan ahead before casting your line to choose the best depth to catch fish you haven't found yet, and you have to pay attention to successfully maneuver the rod through the water. Some parents may not love the fact that players are encouraged to sell and trade items as part of the game; even though kids aren't being put in contact with a stranger, it still places an emphasis on material goods and money. Plus, some kids may feel overwhelmed with the amount of decisions the game involves -- from the depth they aim for to the options to unload items, there's a significant amount of information to keep track of, even with the included helpful guides. But you can ignore much of that and still have a good time fishing your way to higher levels. Overall, Desert Island Fishing does a great job of providing ongoing instruction to prevent players from ever getting stuck, letting them catch their fill of digital fish.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 7, 2018
  • Category: Action Games
  • Publisher: Springloaded
  • Version: 1.06
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later or Android 2.3.3 and up.
  • Last updated: February 11, 2020

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