I could just drift, he thought, and sleep and put a bight of line around my toe to wake me. But today is eighty-five days, and I should fish the day well.
Just then, watching his lines, he saw one of the projecting green sticks dip sharply.
-Ernest Hemingway, Old Man and the Sea
Groggily you arise, swaying upon a raft, and realize you’re surrounded by water. Other than a few rocks here and there, the land is absent. That’s right, the entire Earth has been swallowed by the seas, and it’s time you put away all those silly dreams you once had of becoming a professional gamer and become an expert fisher instead!
A Girl Adrift is a mobile game for the Android and iOS that is free! Woohoo! Of course, there is in app purchases available that you can ignore, or if you’ve got deep pockets and love to watch money burn you can sink it into this game!
This is a cute little game where you play an adorable sleepy girl on her wooden raft, trying to catch fish to reach new achievements. Here is a little intro to the game:
You’ll notice all the cute outfits and hairstyles–all of which you’ll need to earn through hard days and nights of fishing. You can also upgrade your boat, fishing pole, hat, boat accessories, and more. I love working towards cuter or cooler gear.
The game works by you casting a fishing line and drifting along the world waiting for fish to bite. You can pick destinations to drift towards, and a lot of the little rocky areas you go to will have a boss fish you beat to death. That’s how fishing works, you reel those slippery fish in and then proceed to beat them until they have no hp left. Which means I’m hitting my screen frantically with my finger like I’m going to die if I let up just a little! Haha.
Which brings me to the controls. They are pretty easy. To cast a line, you hold down on your phone then let go. When you have a biter, the phone will vibrate, and you’ll tap the screen. Once that floppy fish emerges from the depths you start tapping the fish with your finger as fast as you can to take out its HP before it’s slip back into the deep blue.
When I first started to play this game, I was a little confused by the screen. There is a lot of junk on the screen, and I had no idea what each little image meant. I was a little overwhelmed by it and was unsure how much was just strategic ad placement. Well, they aren’t ads…well, all but one. They are menus and that manner of thing. I’ve got the hang of it now, but it’s hard to keep track at first. I did eventually realize you can hide most the screen images too.
The one ad is the potion image. You watch ads and get potions that boost your skills for certain periods of time. They are usually pretty short ads, so it’s not a big deal to do a few times a play. They have all been ads about other games so far, which is less annoying than watching Advil and Metamucil commercials. They also show the ads after boss battles or other big tasks being completed.
The primary goal is to complete tasks given to you by people and creatures holed up on certain rocks. One of the best ones is the witch. You can feed her big cauldron potions and get lots of currency out of it. Which is what you use to upgrade your gear and look but also do things like get “auto-fishing.”
This game is fun. There are so many little things to do–different currencies for different types of things to gain and different people giving you quests. I’ve always loved games where the goal is to upgrade my gear and look super cool, cute, or bad ass. This game certainly delivers there, with lots of anime inspired upgrades for your character. The graphics are lovely in my opinion. The artistic style is clear and pleasing. I enjoy the amount of attention it requires. There is no figuring a puzzle out or planning things out. Which makes this a great game to pick up and leave off whenever, and not give it much thought when not playing.
What I didn’t like about this game were the ads. They are short, but I’m never going to like ads. Especially when they are shoved down my throat without even asking. Admittedly the ads they do force you to watch are only 5 seconds. I’d much rather a five-second ad than long load times that some games have. Another thing I wasn’t overly fond of is the fishing can grow a little tedious if you keep doing it for long. Cast, catch, hit-hit-hit, cast, catch, hit-hit-hit. It’s pretty fast paced, and it has me coming to the surface for a breath of air after playing for ten minutes or so. It’s easy to dive back in after a little break though, so it’s not a game killer at all. Really, it’s way better than it being slower paced, but I wish you had to cast your line each time instead of it being automatic.
Overall I really recommend this game! This has become one of my favorite, if not my current favorite phone game. Now excuse me while I go get some more gold to buy sweet boat accessories.