Fishing games: Are you a big fishing enthusiast and your heart cries when work or other commitments do not allow you to leave the house and exercise your favorite pastime? Perhaps it will console you that there are many nice online games that allow you to simulate fishing in a nice and fun way at no cost.
To better understand what I’m talking about, take five minutes of free time and try taking a look at the list of fishing games below. Even if you’re not a video game buff, I bet you will like them a lot. On the other hand, there are titles that are really suitable for all tastes: from the simplest ones to play directly from the browser (perhaps challenging your Facebook friends) to the more realistic ones that have stunning graphics and therefore require a real installation on the computer .
And how can we forget smartphones? Everyone now has one, and it seems fair to take a look also at the fishing video games developed for the latter. I bet you will be surprised by the completeness and the graphic quality of some of these “toys”, above all because most of them can be downloaded without using a penny.
Fishing Planet (Windows / Mac)
The first fishing game I recommend you try is Fishing Planet for Windows and Mac OS X. It is a free-to-play title available on Steam featuring 3D graphics with attention to the smallest details and extremely relaxing gameplay. Like all free-to-play titles, it can be used for free without time limits but includes elements that can only be unlocked through in-app purchases.
To download the game to your PC, connect to the Steam page that hosts it and click on the Start game button . At this point, if you already have Steam installed on your PC, click Yes, Steam is installed and start the download of the game in your library by pressing in sequence on Next, I accept, Next and End.
If, on the other hand, you do not yet have Steam on your computer, click on the No button , I have to download it and start downloading the program by pressing the Install Steam button now on the page that opens. When the download is complete, start the SteamSetup.exe file and click on Yes first and then on Next . Then put the check mark next to the item I accept the license agreement and conclude the setup by clicking first on Next twice in a row and then on Install and Finish .
At this point, wait for all the components necessary to run Steam to be downloaded from the Internet (they are about 113MB), click on the Create a new account button and accept the conditions of use of the service to create your personal account. Once you have passed this step too, go back to the Steam website, click on the Start game button on the Fishing Planet page and wait for the game to be downloaded to your computer (it’s 1.4GB of data, so it may take a while).
At the end of the installation, go to the Steam library , select Fishing Planet from the left sidebar and click on the Play button to start the game. Then wait for the login screen to appear and create a new account to use in the video game by filling out the form that is proposed to you.
When the operation is complete, press the Join button , wait a few seconds for the game to load and … start having fun! The commands to be used are quite intuitive: with the directional arrows on the keyboard and with the classic WASD keys, the character moves, with the left click you throw the fishing rod into the water, with the mouse you move it, while with the right click (or with the continuous pressure of the left click) you pull it up. To view the complete list of commands (the same that is displayed when the game is started for the first time) press the F1 key on the PC keyboard.
Note: to run Fishing Planet you need a computer that has at least 4GB of RAM, a Dual-Core 2.4 Ghz processor and an Intel HD4600 graphics card. If your PC is not powerful enough, the game will unfortunately not work.
Go Fishing (online)
If you don’t want to install new software on your PC, you can try online games that allow you to “fish” directly from the browser. One of the most popular of the moment is Go Fishing which you can start directly from Facebook by clicking on the Play now button . It works with any browser (as long as the Flash Player plugin is on the PC) and does not require particularly advanced hardware features. It is a free-to-play title, so it is free but involves the purchase of some objects to be used in the game for real money.
To play Go Fishing all you have to do is click on the Cast button located at the bottom right, wait for some fish to bite and pull the fishing rod back by pressing the Strike button . You will then have to hold down the Pull button and catch the fish before you run away. To do this, you will need to advance the bar that appears on the screen by pressing Pull without it turning red, therefore without making it advance too much. It’s easier to play than to explain it, believe me!
Fishing Paradise 3D (Online / Android / iOS)
If you are looking for fishing games that are a bit more demanding and cared for in terms of graphics, I recommend you try Fishing Paradise 3D which is available directly online (on Facebook). To run it, the free Unity Web Player plugin must be installed on the PC, which is available for Windows and OS X and works with all major web browsers.
Once the Unity installation is complete, connect to this Facebook page and click on the Play now button to start having fun (of course you must be registered with the social network to play). As you will see, this video game has beautiful 3D graphics and a rather stimulating gameplay in which you have to pay attention to the tension rods of the fishing rod and try to catch as many fish as possible.
To launch the fishing rod, click on the Cast button located at the bottom left, then click on the reel that appears at the bottom right to adjust the tension of the line and click again on the button located at the bottom left to discover the result of your fishing activity.
You can buy new equipment and repair items that can break during the game using virtual coins. These coins can be earned by catching fish and reselling them or by winning the bonuses that are made available to all players on a daily basis.
Fishing Paradise 3D is also available for Android , iPhone and iPad , where it manages to maintain the same level of quality and manages to ensure the same degree of fun as the desktop counterpart. It is a free-to-play title, so it is free to download but includes extra components to unlock through in-app purchases.
Let’s Fish (Online / Android / iOS)
Among the fishing games that you can not miss the opportunity to try there is also Let’s Fish which works directly from the browser and is characterized by good graphics with realistic landscapes. It includes over 300 different species of fish and sea creatures that can be caught. To start playing, connect to the Let’s Fish website and decide whether to create a free account using your email address or whether to authenticate with your Facebook account data.
In the first case, you must fill in the registration form located at the top left with your username, password and email and click on Play for free ; in the second you have to click on the Connect with Facebook button located at the top right and authorize the game to access your profile information. Once the operation is complete, remember to authenticate your identity by clicking on the confirmation link received via email.
Since everything is explained in Italian, you will have no problem understanding the functioning of Let’s Fish. The only thing you need to do is to carefully follow the initial tutorial and proceed accordingly. Also this title provides a series of objects that can be purchased with virtual coins that can be conquered during the games.
Other fishing games online
We conclude with fishing games suitable for everyone, ideal for spending time during breaks from work or study. I am referring to the Flash titles that you can find on Y8.com which, despite having the same common denominator at least, are different from each other. In short, do not expect realistic simulations but rather some nice pastimes that can combine fishing with puzzle-game elements, with cartoon characters or with other original ideas.
To play any of the games on Y8, all you have to do is click on its preview image and wait a few seconds for it to load. You don’t need to install any software or any particular plugin on your PC, just use any browser with Flash Player support . You can sort the list of titles according to the vote received by users or the date of addition on the site using the drop-down menu located at the top left.
Another site that offers very interesting fishing games is Kongregate , which works very similar to Y8. To start a game, all you have to do is click on its thumbnail and wait a few seconds for the Flash Player to load.
Other fishing games for smartphones and tablets
As for smartphones and tablets, I advise you to give a couple of titles that might interest you a lot.
- Fishing Superstars for Android and iOS is a free-to-play fishing game that allows you to challenge other users in achieving certain objectives. It has an extremely well-made cartoony graphics and allows you to customize your character in a detailed way. It includes many items that can only be unlocked by spending virtual coins or taking them directly with in-app purchases.
- iFishing is a title for Android , iOS and Windows Phone available in two versions, a “lite” free and a full paid version. The title is characterized by a very accurate graphics with realistic scenarios and many different species of fish available for capture. It manages to be quite simulative without becoming frustrating. The full version costs 2.99 euros on iOS, 2.10 euros on Android and 2.99 euros on Windows Phone (where the lite version is currently missing).