Undoubtedly chill and charming, the lack of challenge and nuance in the game's title fishing lets it down
If you’re more inclined to enjoy lighter fare, where you spend your time more idly helping people and performing consistent tasks to find some satisfaction, you’re more likely to be the right sort of person to enjoy Fishing Paradiso. Starting out on a small, deserted island with nothing more than a simple fishing rod and a desire to help you’ll be able to slowly amass yourself a network of friends, a nice roof over your head, and work towards enlightenment since (did I forget to mention it?!?) this is the afterlife you’re doing everything in. To some degree there’s not much to complain about here, and I’d imagine that for the most part the end result experience is as was intended by the developer, but it’s impossible to omit the fact that the experience also isn’t a terribly ambitious one. Most disappointing is that the fishing that you’ll spend the bulk of your time doing, and that’s in the name of the game itself, is so lackluster and generally basic. With it being more of a task you complete as a means to an end as you try to catch different types of fish to satisfy quest goals or to simply help out your friends, the generally one-note grind of it can sort of wear you down. That said, if you’re just looking for something pleasant and generally quite casual to enjoy, it checks those boxes nicely enough for the price of admission.
Justin Nation, Score: