I like surprises. Finding something you thought was lost, discovering your kids have cleaned up their rooms without even being told, or something you expected to be kind of dumb ends up being pretty cool. I’m still waiting for my kids to tidy their bedrooms, but while I wait, I’m enjoy AppFishing a whole lot more than I expected.

AppFishing turns your iPhone, iPod or select Android device into a digital fishing experience, combining a fake fishing rod and Fish It, a game downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Simply snap your phone into the top of the fishing rod and fire up the app, and well, you are fishing. Granted, it’s fairly simple fishing, but it works, and it works well.

Essentially, the AppFishing rod functions just like a real fishing rod to cast your line, hook a fish, and hopefully reel it in successfully while seeing everything on your phone’s screen. You’ll also have to manage tension on the line, to keep it from snapping as you real in larger fish, just as you would if you were really fishing.

The one thing missing from the experience is that there’s no real sense of weight. A meter on the left side of the screen shows the tension on the line as you reel in your catch, but even with a heavy fish on the other end, you really have to use your imagination as you reel in. Clearly, that would have pushed this gadget into a different, but it would have really pushed this over the top.

Other than that, the rod itself feels nice and substantial, and the reel handle can be attached on the left or right side, which should come as welcome news for left-handed players. The reel is very noisy when you are reeling in though, which means you or your kids can’t possibly play this quietly.

You’ll receive money for each fish you catch, which can be used to purchase equipment upgrades such as longer and stronger fishing line, better bait, and tickets to travel to new fishing locations. The high prices of the tickets and top-end equipment does suggest you can expect to spent a lot of time at the old fishing hole, catching fish that range from real sportfish to the more unusual jellyfish and octopus to cartoonish creations that should elicit a chuckle or two.

With a price of $25, there is reason to be concerned about long-term value, though that could definitely be alleviated with additional apps. Yes, they’d have to feature more fishing, but there are options to go more realistic, or into more specific types of fishing, but it would help you feel better about your $25 if the were more play options to the game.

The GamerPops Recommendation

AppFishing is never going to replace the pleasure of actually going fishing, but it is a neat way to simulate the experience, and the combination of the game and the rod accessory work together quite nicely. It would definitely be nice to see more apps, or future updates that add more fishing options, but as it stands, it’s a more fun than I would have expected and is worth checking out for anglers and would-be anglers of all ages.

A review sample was provided to GamerPops.

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Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of GamerPops, Greg Picken is a husband and father of two, and lover of all things play.

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