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Haven Editorial: Fishy Game Fishing

There is something fishy about fishing fish in games. I have done it, you have done it. We as gamer’s have all been exposed to it at some point. I’ve tried a lot of games in my time and these pesky reward riddled mini games shows up all over the map. That being said, let’s take a closer look at some of these and see how various developers handled it and if the price was worth it.

Stardew Valley has a fairly decent and robust one. Which is also annoying as all hell. A town fellow hands you his old bamboo rod and leave the rest up to you. Equip some bait, apply force and throw the line into water. Wait for a bite and start reeling in, by tapping the button just fast enough to keep that fish inside the slider. Every now and then extra treasure appears as well. Yes it is definitely worth it.

Final Fantasy 15 and the boy band road trip also features one. Because why not flesh out Noctis skill set with something useful. Equip a rod, put on an alluring lure and make sure the fishing line has durability left. It’s one of those where the lure will be lost when the line snaps. Once the proper preparations has been completed, all I have to do is to aim at some fish silhouettes and let it go. Press the key a couple of times until one of the little buggers bite. Getting it to shore is then all about moving my rod in the same direction as the fish, whilst reeling in and reap the rewards of a new recipe.

The one in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time is my favorite one and no other game on this list comes close to that. Even if it resembles the one in Final Fantasy. Some desperate dude has a shop in the middle of Hyrule with Link as his only customer. I just have to pay the price, run around the place and pick a spot. Make some movement with the rod to attract a fish. Reel it in and move the stick a little to the left, to the right and backwards. Combined with a very dramatic camera made for quite an experience. Then turn in the biggest runt for a piece of heart. Or just find that hidden lure and go for that unique and very hard to get fish, which randomly appears. Only to get some extra dialogue for the trouble. Hylian Loach I believe its called.

Breath of fire 2 did it in a very annoying way, I dare say. I throw the line in and press a while hoping one of the fish is close enough to see  it and then bite. The problem is that I suffer from a limited amount of times I can press the key. Especially tricky with a treasure chest, since it will sink, resulting in a precise button timing challenge.

Pokemon has always been very simple in the approach. I place myself next to the water, hit a and wait for an exclamation mark before I click again. At lest you’ll never get a worm waterlogged boot on the hook.

World of Warcraft does it much the same way, but I have to actually click on the lure when things bite. Such as highly aggressive wagon wheels.

Meanwhile Black Desert made it into a directional key input challenge when I reacted to the prompt. Or I could just ignore it completely and let the game do the job for me, when I logged out. Yes almost every skill in the game can be set to afk farming.

All I’m saying is that some games does it well, whilst other botch up the mechanics and make the mini game boring.
That’s just several existing examples I can recall. Since I don’t play fishing simulators.

Haven Review: Cradle

First up is our disclaimer.  We received this software for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this article are our own. We have not been paid in any way to review this product.

Cradle is a game with a strong science fiction setting in the game you wake up with no recollection of who you are apart from some memories from your child-hood and your name that being Enebish and you find a note in your hand writing telling you to make breakfast.2015-08-07_00001

Now truth be told during the game it gives you the option to have a tutorial to learn the basics of the game which I took just to make sure. An then I forgot all about it and spent a good twenty minutes wandering around trying to figure it out again.

In the game you have to solve various challenges and in doing so you learn about the world around you. Although you do not live in any big cities or towns but a tiny hut in the middle of freaking no where. After a while of solving the first few puzzles you must get a M-Body working again “mechanical body.” although it is currently a lamp and cannot walk around anywhere.2015-08-07_00002

After getting the lamp I mean, M-Body fixed you discover that it belongs to a living person who was digitally uploaded into a mechanical body either to use her physical body for harvesting a special substance or it fell gravely ill. You see in this world there is a special substance harvested from humans nervous system that can fight this new virus that has shown up. But the other bit is that this substance is tied to a persons emotions and as such some people produce more or less of it and its the only cure for this virus.

But because of this people now has a fiscal worth in this world and a grade of quality and if you are low quality you are considered to be one of the “uglies“. Essentially the uglies are a burden to society and no one wants them around or even to support them the game also describes a persons grade not solely on how much of this substance they can produce but also with how corrupt a persons DNA is.2015-08-07_00004

Alright a little explanation is needed but Ill summarize since this is a review. If you inbreed a dog or a cat their genetic structure breaks down and as a result the offspring become weaker same in humans although that’s called incest and is indeed frowned upon in many societies.

But that is the summary of it. During the story you are helping a girl named Ida and helping her solve her mystery of why she was buried in sand for eighteen years and also what happened in the local area and the biggest question of all “Who are you?“.

But enough of the story, The graphics for the game are pretty amazing and the game looks very stunning and despite the fact you are literally in the middle of no where in Malaysia the area really gives off a perfect rural feel and there is even a Horse hidden somewhere in there!
The soundtrack I found nice but at times it was a bit off-putting playing a track at the wrong time making me think something important is happening with the plot and. The voice acting for the game is pretty garbage there didn’t have any depth or emotion to the voices they used and it felt like one of those audio books you listened to in school on the tape player.

2015-08-07_00003Overall though the game is short but very sweet and there isn’t a dull point in the story and it even has mini-games! Although truth be told again the mini-games are all plot related and they even explain why so you know why they are the way they are.

In conclusion the game is great and the price is great I spent about four hours playing the game and beat it in that time frame and I wasn’t disappointed apart from the voice acting.
The game is simple in design telling a story and making you think about a lot of topics that may be in humanities ever approaching future.

-Daniel Clatworthy-