Refinné is a budding games journalist with a heavy focus on casual mobile games that don't demand too much of her single brain cell.
What Is Fishercat?
Fishercat is a simple but fun casual mobile game that sports adorable graphics and cute sound effects. Fishing has never been more fun when you’re a cat with a harpoon and limited oxygen.
True to its name, the main spotlight of the game is a cat that goes into the sea to catch fish. Literally, a fisher cat. Instead of a fishing rod, though, the cat uses a harpoon. There’s not much of a storyline, just a cat and a sea of fish.
To catch fish, simply drag and hold the harpoon to aim, then release it to fire. Every time you fire the harpoon, your oxygen goes down a little. Your aim is to collect as many fish as possible before your cat’s oxygen runs out and you have to return to the surface. The endgame here is to collect all species of fish, ranging from legendary to common.
There’s a multitude of different fishes to collect. They come in different levels of rarity and sizes, and each has its own special traits according to its local habitat. You may find your familiar Nemo (clownfish), the Axolotl, jellyfishes, and even a reverse mermaid (still called mermaid in the game). You can unlock and display your fishes in the aquarium, which is fully customizable and can be decorated to your heart’s desire.
Coins are the primary currency of the game, which you can use for upgrading your equipment. You get a set amount of coins for every fish you catch. Parts are the “hard currency” of the game, which can only be obtained by catching special fishes. You’ll need parts to upgrade your boat and purchase specific items.
While there’s not much of a story going on in Fishercat, there’s still a healthy amount of content that will keep you occupied for a considerable length of time. Currently, there are seven areas and five Deeper Sides (same area but harder) to fish in, each area containing close to 100 species of fish. There’s a lot to collect here, so there’s no worry that the game will run out of steam any time soon!
Graphics and Design
The graphics are simple and smooth, which is really not surprising considering there’s not a lot of things you can do in the game. There are basically just three main screens that you progress in the same order every session: your home, the map, and the fishing area. The designs of the fishing areas are thematic, but animation-wise, they’re all the same. This is both good and bad: you get to predict the movement of the fishes after a couple of sessions in the game and get good, but at the same time, it gets tiring since it’s the same thing over and over again.
For a f2p game, the monetization in this game is kept on the down-low, which I really appreciate. One thing I found really nice is that if you choose to watch an ad in return for more oxygen (more game time), they show the ad after the extra time, which means your gameplay is not interrupted. That makes me more likely to watch an ad, so props to the developers for that! I’m always appreciative of any free game that doesn’t shove ads in my face.
It sounds boring, and it kind of is, really, but isn’t that the point of casual games? Fishercat is not something you would play for hours on end in one sitting. It’s addictive in the sense that you’re compelled to come back and check on your Fishercat every so often, and maybe harpoon a fish here and there to collect some extras. Overall, this is a refreshing game in the casual mobile game genre that plays more like a hobby than a game.
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Carol on May 20, 2021:
I like this game