A Fisherman's Tale
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A fascinating premise that is used not only to create a set of mind-bending puzzles but to ruminate on the nature of reality. It's just a shame about the controls and the short running time.
A Fisherman's Tale succeeds in being one of the most interesting games on VR. It is charming, magical, and awe-inspiring. It manages to do all of this with you playing as a puppet, and feeling a huge amount of warmth towards that little puppet. It is just a shame that the playtime is so short, even just an extra couple of hours would have made this impossible to miss. As it stands, it is a wonderful game that deserves playing, but the play time is such a drawback to an otherwise impeccable game.
A Fisherman's Tale has some fantastic puzzles and great level design, but the movement manages to ruin some of the puzzles.
A Fisherman's Tale doesn't last long, but what it does have is a winning blend of puzzles, animation, and story that's worth the price of admission.
A Fisherman's Tale tells a charming story with surprising depth that is unfortunately marred by technical issues. Within its brief playtime, the game's story packs in enough thought provoking content that I found myself thinking about it for days after playing. Though I'm not recommending A Fisherman's Tale, I wouldn't blame you if you decided to play it anyhow.
A Fisherman's Tale is a typical puzzle-solving first-person VR experience that stands a cut above with a good-quality gimmick that doesn't overstay its welcome. It barely stays long enough to finish saying hello, but it has the wit, charm, and novelty to make it worth the single sitting it's asking for.
Looking at the big picture, A Fisherman's Tale has an original and absorbing gameplay, as well as an interesting story, brilliantly narrated. However, the collisions bugs and the shortness of the main story spoils a little bit the experience.
Review in French | Read full review
All great VR experiences start with an idea. “Wouldn't it be cool if…?” As much as I enjoyed my time with A Fisherman's Tale, the unique concepts it bears and the surprisingly deep narrative carried on its roiling waves, it's hard to recommend something so brief. Not to mention, the game feels more like a proof of concept for something far bigger, rather than a proper VR title in its own right. This lighthouse will always carry a forlorn sense that infinity isn't quite as infinite as it is meant to feel.
Fabulous, but very short VR adventure with innovative puzzle mechanics and great synchronization in a unique atmosphere.
Review in German | Read full review
I loved A Fisherman's Tale. I'm still relatively new to the PlayStation VR platform, but I found this to be a great example of what can be done with VR when a lot of hard work and care is put into a game. It has some really unique puzzles that have much more impact while wearing the headset, and the game tells a cool story. I was disappointed that it came to an end so quickly, but at least that means I can now look forward to what the team does next!