You could say that every day is a great day for fishing in Misty Falls – the fictional lake-adjacent town in developer Metricminds’ newly released title, Catch & Release.
Summer is here and so is fishing season, meaning there is lots to see and do around the lake – so long as you don’t go scaring away them fishes. The game combines a relaxing experience on the lake with lots of exciting hidden things to discover and cleverly designed mechanics that reel you in (I just couldn’t resist the pun). From rowing around the lake, trying to find bigfoot among the trees, to building up your fishing skills so you can catch that elusive lake monster, this game has something to offer for all kinds of adventurers looking for a day out. Well virtually at least.
Released on Steam for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality, the game is available now at $19.99 US. Catch & Release is also set to come to PlayStation VR later this year, though no final release date has been announced for that platform yet.
Check out the trailer below:
Metricminds announced their first foray into VR with Catch & Release earlier this year and set up the game to be a relaxing but engaging experience. Which is what fishing is all about I guess. I’m not much of an angler myself. However, there is lots to do besides reeling in tons of fish (though that’s certainly the main part) like putting on some tunes and swigging back a brewsky as you take in the beautiful forest scenery – yup this game is really going for authenticity here. You might even spot some geese and a bear or two.
Going for realism instead of an arcadey feel as most fishing games do, Catch & Release is all about making you feel like you’re really out fishing for the day with no goals or big interrupting scores constantly flashing on the screen. Which can be fun in its own way. Though VR fishing games with a heavy focus on arcade mechanics like Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV and Fishing Star VR are very popular at the moment.
Catch & Release lets you put on various bait, reel in the fish and either keep them or let them free. Though you do earn money by selling the fish so I guess the release part of the name is very much optional. There’s also a shop that lets you buy new bait and gear.
So if you’re in the mood for a relaxing VR experience that focuses more on the realism of fishing than on earning score points, then you needn’t row far to catch this gem.