Angler’s Club: Ultimate Bass Fishing 3D (3DS)

ANGLER_BOXWow! Two fishing games right in a row. In Ultimate Bass Fishing 3D, you create your own fisher and venture out to a mysterious lake to try and catch a legendary bass that lives there! This game is now available for download on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. But how does it stack up against the previous fishing game I reviewed? Read on to find out.

Before you begin, you must create your own fisherman or fisherwoman using a fairly robust character creation mode (well, robust for this kind of game anyway). Choose your gender, body type, skin color, facial features, clothes, hats, glasses, and more! Then you’ll be whisked off to the first tournament where a nice lady will show you the ropes. But don’t be surprised if you don’t catch anything the first time, because while the lady is nice, she’s not very helpful and doesn’t tell you about some of the important features of the game.

After that you’ll be able to do what you want. Go free fishing, compete in tournaments, or visit the shop to buy all sorts of rods, reels, and more than 500 types of lures and bait. Only problem is they don’t tell you which bait is good for which fish, so it’s a total guessing game. As you complete tournaments, you’ll unlock more items in the shop and locations on the lake to fish in.

To travel around the lake, you’ll move around in Boat Mode. When you are ready to fish, simply press the A button to go into Cast Mode. On the bottom screen you can view a map of the area or switch to a fish radar to see where the fish are (one of the things they don’t tell you about in the tutorial).

And here’s my main problem with the game: I played it all week for this review, and not once could I even get a fish to bite! I couldn’t figure out what I needed to do! I don’t think it’s a problem of mine, because I’ve reviewed TONS of fishing games in the past and they’ve all been easier to figure out than this one. I know realism is important in these kinds of titles, but they’re still just games and they should still let you catch fish, even if it’s more often than in real life. Plus I couldn’t find where you could save the game in the middle of play, so I think you have to finish a tournament or a full day to save, which isn’t very conducive to a portable game experience. I guess if you want a fishing game that provides a lot of challenge, you may want to try this one, but I certainly had a lot of difficulty with it and didn’t have much fun.

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Kid Factor:

I would imagine kids would get bored and frustrated at the high challenge level of this game, and reading skill is needed for the text and menus. It teaches about types of fish, so it may be considered somewhat educational. Angler’s Club: Ultimate Bass Fishing 3D is rated E for Everyone.

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