Features & Use
One of the very first games I ever played on Android was the Fruit Ninja. Now, Ninja Fishing obviously references the aforementioned cult favourite, but it's more than just a mere clone. In fact, Ninja Fishing has managed to increase my motion to dive into the gameplay for longer periods of time.
But now let's take a look at what else is new in the fruit fiend's universe.
The first thing that struck me was that the game mechanics are a bit more sophisticated than in the original app. For instance, there are several (well, currently two) game worlds to try out, each yielding several hours of gaming fun.
The main difference in narrative, as the app title indicates, is that the Ninja is now set on fishing. The pudgy slasher is equipped with a fishing rod and, after uttering something cheeky, he happily casts his line. The next step is then to navigate the hook through schools of fish. The next bit is important: catch as many fish as you can on your way back up. The largest number of fish you can catch in one go is 25.
Once you've caught your fish you can get chopping and start filet-ing! Toss those slimy blighters high in the sky and slash away mercilessly by swiping. Butchered fish = gold. Yep, that's life! Some fish are worth more gold than others, and the more valuable fish need a better pounding in order to chop them up good.
If you enjoy casual gaming, we recommend trying out Ninja Fishing to see if it's a good fit. The game is lots of fun and performed fluidly throughout our six-week (!) testing period. I think I'll even be keeping it around on my personal device for some future gaming...
Screen & Controls
We're fans of the Ninja Fishing graphics: they're cheeky and fun.
What I didn't enjoy quite as much is the tilt sensor fish navigation. The calibrating simply wasn't up to par, at least not on the HTC we used for testing. As a result one must tilt the device in an exaggerated manner, which is why we'd love to see an option for personalising the calibration.
Speed & Stability
Ninja Fishing does a very decent job in this category. We'd like to see the app load a little faster but aside from that there's not much to complain about.
Ninja Fishing is free and available from Google Play. In-app purchases are available.