Fish Guts & Glory, the Gameplay
Most of the gameplay involves completing various objectives and lots of fishing. Players start out with a small boat and a generic-looking rod. On the left side of the screen is a list of tasks that are required in order to qualify for a license upgrade. FishHunt uses a somewhat unique licensing system instead of the standard leveling process. There are usually six or so main tasks that need to be completed. These quests often vary. A young fisherman may have to cast his net for a bigger catch, visit a particular location like Angler’s Inlet, go fishing in some reeds, or find a collectible such as an old boot floating in deeper waters. Once all the tasks have been completed players are able to purchase their license upgrade for a fee of coins. License upgrades are very expensive. The prices get higher as players advance.
Coins are earned by selling fish. Catch Peewee Perch, Powder Puff, Snuggle Starfish, Gloom Guppy, Bayou Bottomfeeder, Tiger Trout, Bearded Koi, Red Dragon Gar, Sensei Snapper, Blue-Frilled Krill, Maverick Shark, Flounder, Clown Fish, and Brawny Prawn. Each species has certain traits or quirks. Hints can be bought to assist in finding them. Tips might state that the fish has been spotted around Cape Ravi or only comes out when it’s clear. There are also various depths throughout the vast ocean. Some types are abundant at depth 2 while others prefer to swim in shallow water. Strategy is implemented throughout the game similar to how the sport is played in real life. Utilizing trade secrets, improving equipment, and using the proper technique can go a long way. Accumulating enough coins to afford upgrades is time consuming.