There’s no better way to unwind after a long day of hunting monsters or running a city than to set up a rod and go fishing for a few hours.
An expert probably wouldn’t be surprised to find that at least one out of every ten video games has a fishing minigame. Even though not all of them are exactly like fishing in real life, they are all just as fun and relaxing. There are fishing minigames in a lot of your favorite games, even ones you didn’t know had them. These games range from the Nintendo 64 to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
But some games make it way too easy to catch fish. Even though the Animal Crossing series is proud of its fishing game, all you have to do to catch a fish is push a button, which isn’t how it works in real life. You’ve come to the right place if you want a game that isn’t all about fishing but still has a realistic fishing minigame.
Final Fantasy 15
You, as Noctis, can take a break after a long day of fighting enemies with your three best friends to do his favorite thing. Not only do the high-quality graphics in Final Fantasy 15 make this minigame feel real, but so do the technical aspects of how it works.
Choose where to cast your line, and slowly reel it in to get the fish’s attention. When a fish bites, you push left and right on it to bring it slowly toward you. This is probably one of the hardest minigames to learn in FF15, but it’s also one of the most fun ones to master.
Fishing is likely to be one of your favorite things to do and skills in Stardew Valley. Fishing is a great way to make money and fill up your community center, just like farming and mining. Even though this game’s fishing minigame isn’t as hard as the last one, it’s still not easy for a new player.
There are different kinds of fish in this farming simulator, like those that live in ponds, rivers, and the ocean. Once you’ve cast your line, you have to wait until a fish bites. When that happens, the minigame starts. It’s hard to keep the icon on the screen in line with the green bar as it goes up and down. The green bar shrinks and moves faster the more rare the fish. The mechanics are hard, which adds to the game’s realism.
Sea Of Thieves
When you’ve been out on the water for a long time, there’s not much else to do but catch the fish that swim next to your ship. Sea of Thieves is mostly about the exciting life of a pirate, but when a pirate has some free time, he or she is likely to go fishing.
You throw your lure into the water and wait to see a fish swim near it. Like real fishing, when they bite, they quickly pull the line away from you, forcing you to pull against the fish and tire it out. Your pirate will have a lot of fun doing this because of the variety of fish and how realistic the game is.
In this slice-of-life fishing RPG, you play as a new fisherman running a business on Canada’s eastern coast in the 1980s. Moonglow Bay is all about fishing, so it’s important to have a fishing minigame that feels real and doesn’t get boring after you’ve done it a hundred times.
You cast your line from the beach or your boat and wait for the fish to bite. In most of these games, once the fish bites, you have to fight it. You have to make sure you don’t run out of energy and pull in the right direction until it gets close enough to catch. There are also a lot of rods and lures to unlock, which will help your beginner fisherman become an expert.
Red Dead Redemption 2
One of Rockstar’s most highly rated games also has a fishing minigame that is very realistic. In Red Dead Redemption 2, you can be a cowboy in a gang of outlaws or do other fun things when you’re not fighting. One of these things is fishing at one of the many fishing spots.
This game is proud of being a realistic role-playing game (RPG), so when you go fishing, it’s a very immersive experience. Choose your lure and bait, cast your line, and slowly reel it in to get the fish’s attention. The fish bites and fights back, so like most of these minigames, you have to pull against it to catch it.
The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
The Legend of Zelda games don’t have many fishing minigames, but when they do, they’re a lot of fun. Ocarina of Time is a long game, so Link has plenty of time to take a break and go fishing, even though he can only do that in a small area.
Just like when you go fishing in the real world, you cast your line out and reel it back in to get the fish’s attention. When a fish bites, you have to fight against its pull and reel it all the way in. This minigame is pretty realistic, since catching a fish takes a lot of patience.
Far Cry 6
Far Cry 5 was the first game in the series to include fishing, but Far Cry 6 kept the fishing minigame as a fun thing to do between gunfights and freeing your country. The way it works is pretty simple, but that doesn’t make it less real.
You find a place to fish, cast your line, and slowly pull it back in. Once the fish bites, hook it and try to keep it from moving while you reel it in. Some of these fish are very hard to catch, which makes it just as exciting as the fishing game in Far Cry 5. If you want to become a famous fisherman, you can have your guerilla camps build fishing huts and buy gear to help you get better at fishing.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
It’s hard work to teach at a monastery or train soldiers, so why not take a break at the docks? You play as Byleth in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. During the day, Byleth can buy bait and go fishing. Happy Wheels game is probably the most unique of the ones on this list, but the way it works is still true to life.
You cast your line and wait until the A button shows up, which starts the minigame. On the screen, a circle shows up, and a ring quickly moves through it. Your job is to hit it every time the ring gets to the purple part of the circle, until the fish gets tired of being hit. Like real life, you can’t just press one button to catch the fish in this minigame.
Persona 5 Royal
Persona 5 Royal has a lot of things to do, but many players will miss out on fishing if they don’t go to the bookstore in Shibuya, which is a popular tourist spot. There, you can buy a book called Fishpond Spotter, which will help you find the best place to fish.
Once you get there, you choose where to cast your line, preferably where you can see more fish, and then you wait for a bite. When the latch is closed, a white bar with a red one in the middle and a bobber that moves left and right appears. As you try to catch the fish, you press the right button every time it moves into the red area. Like most of these minigames, it takes some practice to learn how to fish.
In Spiritfarer, you play the role of Stella, who runs a ferry for the dead. This cozy management game has a sad story and fun mechanics for building boats. There are many things to do on your ferry, but while you’re out on the open water, you can fish if you want to.
Yes, you guessed it, you cast your line first and then wait for a bite. To reel it in, you have to hit the right button, but your fishing rod will start to turn red when it’s about to break. Let go of the button, and when the rod is yellow or orange, keep hitting the button. Spiritfarer makes fishing very relaxing, but it isn’t too easy either.