Review: The Catch Carp And Coarse (Steam)

Take on the hunt of a lifetime as you target and pursue monster-sized fish around the world. You’re set, waiting…. The line tightens, your alarm screams, the fish is on and the battle commences!

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 21904mb Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Character creator-head, hairstyle, hair color, eye color, outfit, headgear, eyewear, top, legs, and footwear.
  • Fishing gameplay.
  • Play now modes-fishing trips, events, multiplayer, online leagues, and tutorials.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, graphics preset, effects/texture/shadow/post process quality, distance view and screen percentage slider.
  • Invert axis and sensitivity slider.
  • Five locations-Oxlease lakes (England), Pearl Lake (Malaysia), River Ebro (Spain), Rotterdam (Netherlands), and Loch Mickle (Scotland).
  • Four weather types-light clouds, clear sky, rain, and dynamic.
  • Five-time of day-Sunrise, morning, afternoon, sunset, and night.
  • Before entering a location pick your tackle box.
  • Location-has X amount of markers to move around the place.
  • Casting–total (manual) or basic (auto) which means how much work you have to do.
  • Clear on-screen Button icons and prompts.
  • Can change the time of day in the pause menu.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Pop up hints and descriptions.
  • Events-each location has 6 events where you need to catch certain fish within a time limit.
  • Multiplayer-create open or friends only, search lobbies both friends only or open lobbies.
  • Customize-tackle box (rods/lures), appearance, and boats.
  • Anglers log-stats, species (including catch count), and boss fish.
  • Unlock and earn new animated backdrops for the menu.
  • Arcade experience.
  • New players can pick up the gist fairly quickly.

Cons:

  • Initial learning curve.
  • Feels like a cutdown version of the last game.
  • Few performance hiccups.
  • Slow burner.
  • Long online waiting times,

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

I like a bit of fishing now and then, I tend to be better at catching fish virtually rather than out in the real world. Here I kept getting deja vu like I had played this game before and after a bit of research, it seems this is a game that came out before except this time round it’s missing modes and fish species and is basically half the original game. On the flip side of this the controls feel a lot better with the water in particular adding a new layer of complexity to it all as its using a much more dynamic water flow system. Having a checklist of what fish you have caught gives it a Pokemon style gotta catch em all effect and can keep anyone entertained regardless of your stance. The gameplay is still as solid as ever, building your tackle box and making it so easy to change fishing spots, it’s hard not to still enjoy the game. Dovetail know what they are doing but taking away from a game is never going to end well. I treated it as a little arcade game where I would jump in from time to time and get my fix. It’s funny because the game has stuff taken away but for me it meant I could knuckle down on what was in the game and get more results quicker. Overall its a solid decent fun arcade fishing sim, but players will be put off by the notable ommisions.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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