Every now and then, a game comes out that makes you want to shake your head. Dynamite Fishing: World Games provides one of the dumbest concepts for a game that I've ever seen yet for some reason, it manages to be a ton of fun.
Dynamite Fishing: World Games is played by throwing dynamite into the water in order to blow up fish then collect their delicious corpses. What, were you expecting something else? Each stage has you face an opponent whether you're playing by yourself or against a friend. Your goal is to basically snag more fish than the other player. To help you out, you'll acquire various power-ups that you can deploy whenever you wish. These have a wide array of effects such as freezing fish so you can crush them, electrocuting areas with toasters, and even attracting fish with a sexy fish-looking bomb. If that's not enough, you can also perform a character-specific super power whenever it's charged that has a devastating effect on all of your surroundings. Overall, there's no denying that the super-simple and downright stupid gameplay is surprisingly very enjoyable.
Believe it or not, the use of humour in Dynamite Fishing: World Games extends past the fact that you're blowing up fish with dynamite. For example, the fish hold little umbrellas in stages where it rains. It's a subtle joke, but I'll be darned if that isn't some funny stuff. One power-up is a nuclear bomb that makes the camera zoom out so you can see the entire planet as an astronaut monkey reacts to the devastating blast. It's clear that if you enjoy off-the-wall humour then you'll have a riot with this ridiculous game.
Although you probably wouldn't expect it to, Dynamite Fishing: World Games boasts an impressive amount of content. There are 25 fairly lengthy stages to play in that all feature entirely unique environments from around the globe. Each one comes to life with colourful backgrounds, humorous scenarios, and a different selection of fish. There are also 15 "boats" to choose from that range from bathtubs to battleships and motorcycles to floating houses. You can select from five characters, too, that include a hillbilly, a hip hop star, a schoolgirl, a metal head, and death himself. With so many ways to die, you'd think these fish would be peeing in their ponds.
Dynamite Fishing's biggest problem is that the simplistic gameplay gets repetitive very quickly. After playing a few rounds of tossing countless sticks of dynamite, the novelty starts to wear a little thin. Additionally, the computer opponents don't provide enough of a challenge so beating them becomes a chore. If they were tough and required you to think up clever strategies then it would have added a lot more substance to playing solo. Finally, although you can choose any ship and character in multiplayer mode, you have to unlock them in single player. Doing so involves way too much grinding that it just isn't fun. To illustrate this, one ship requires you to finish the entire game eight times to unlock. Considering the gameplay gets boring, who would have the patience to do that?
Even though I wasn't necessarily expecting to, I had a good time with Dynamite Fishing: World Games. Its hilarious and simple gameplay is enjoyable enough to make anyone want to play it every now and then, especially if you have someone to share the insanity with.
- + Gameplay is stupid fun at its best
- + Hilarious off-the-wall sense of humour
- + A whopping 25 stages that take place in unique environments
- - Simple gameplay gets repetitive fast
- - Computer opponents aren't challenging
- - Unlocking content requires way too much grinding and isn't really worth it