Hook, Line And Rhythm: Fishjn’

Fishjn

I‘ve asked this before and I’ll do so again: is there no game genre that can’t be improved by adding rhythm-based gameplay? The answer, as far as I’m concerned, continues to be “no.” The reason I bring it up again is because I’ve been playing KO-OP Mode‘s entry into the recent Fishing Game Jam, and as you might have guessed, it is a rhythm-based fishing game. They’ve got me hook, line and sinker with that one. Hahahaha…I’ll let myself out.

Fishjn’ (say that out loud at your own risk) doesn’t look too compelling in screenshots, but you can at least admire the vector graphics depicting the fishing rod and the fish that you’ll be attempting to catch. Once you actually step into the game yourself, you’ll see that there’s a little bit of movement to bring these simple graphics to life. Particularly effective is how the lines indicating the surface of the water zig-zag in time with the beats.

You start off each catch by matching the beat of the music with a tap on the downwards arrow key. Once you’ve got the rhythm right, the fish then takes a bite leaving you to reel it in. To do this, you have to match the direction the fish is facing with your arrow keys, and in time with the music. If you’re not in time, you don’t fail, as much as I think you should, but you don’t get to reel the bugger in any closer than what it is. Once you’ve kept the left and right rhythms a little, you’ll see the opportunity to reel the fish in closer. When it’s all the way up to the bank of the waterside, then you’ve caught the fish and move on to the next fish and accompanying song.

What really makes the experience enjoyable is the music, which consists of easy-going electronic music with gracious synths and more up-tempo beats for the more challenging fish. It’s not a hard game by any stretch of the imagination, but it is at least a joy to play. This comes about mostly due to the necessity of having to get in synch with the music, which matches the movements of the vector graphics quite superbly.

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