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Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Oct 28, 2022 - Nintendo Switch
Cubed3
7 / 10
Worth Playing
6.5 / 10
WayTooManyGames
7 / 10
Nintendo Blast
7 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits

Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits combines the Zen of fishing with an arcade-esque gameplay loop that'll keep players coming back for more. Not every game mode is a hit - with Shark Fever and Ace Angler Party standing out as duds - but Ace Angler+, Legend of the Poisoned Seas, and the core gameplay loop more than make up for it. There is a massive variety of fish to catch, with several different stages and Rods to unlock as well. The actual fishing mechanics aren't explained too well in-game, but they're intuitive no matter the control scheme. Load times are on the long side and the gacha elements needed for unlockables aren't exactly welcome, but they're not deal-breakers, either. At the end of the day, it's just fun to sit back and experience a more action-packed take on fishing. Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits offers fishy fun for everyone.

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Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits is strange. The fishing is easy to learn but difficult to master due to the lack of tutorial or feedback system. The coin concept is off-putting enough until someone has a surplus of coins to play with. The story mode does a better job of easing you into the game mechanics because it removes the token mechanic and provides focused goals. The minigames and online play are fun, but they're terrible for the overall goal of the game. The coin-pushing game is a very slow burn unless you get lucky. There is an audience for this type of quirky game, but you need to have enough patience to learn the system.

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Tt’s pure, cathartic, and an unapologetic sensory overload. It’s pure nonsense. It’s a game that doesn’t excite with its visuals and overexcited sound design, but it’s so bizarre you will keep on playing it out of sheer amusement. There isn’t anything else like it on the Nintendo Switch or any other console.

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Nintendo Blast

Lucas Oliveira
7 / 10.0
Nintendo Blast

For fishing game enthusiasts, Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits offers a good experience with several real aquatic species and other fictional, but very creative. As it is a gacha, completing the catalog becomes more difficult with each new species collected, but we have good options at our disposal to earn coins and tickets, and it is even possible to just use the roulette wheel daily. Finally, the possibility of playing simulating a fishing rod can be very exciting for fishing enthusiasts.

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