I can recall only a handful of times where I have gone fishing in my entire life. Yet, those were great times — great memories I had with my father. Since I seldom play with any fishing games, playing Kapu Fishing with my kids brought back some of those old memories.
The only thing I remember from those 30-year-old memories was how carefully my father created the baits. I’ve seen him use worms as natural fishing baits, and other times I saw him using meatballs. When I first played Kapu Fishing, I realized that modern fishing techniques prefer to use lures, such as crank baits, plugs, and jigs, instead of the natural fishing baits.
Cast Your Lures in the Perfect Spots
Kapu Fishing takes place in a beautiful seashore where you go on a small fishing boat with Mr. Fox. With his old motor, you can steer the boat to any place you like.
To start fishing, simply cast away your lure. The distance depends on how fast you swipe your finger to the right. The lure looks like a small fish, and works great on both shallow and deep waters. Because you can reel or crank to retrieve it, it’s widely known as crankbaits.
You can steer the lure to hook as many fish as you can before you reel it in. Tapping on the screen is similar to cranking the rod, causing the lure to lift a bit. When you lift up your finger, the lure will dive deep into the bottom of the sea, emulating a slow reeling.
Once the lure is fully reeled in, you can fill the back of your boat with all the fish you caught. The fish will keep piling up until your boat can’t take the weight anymore. When that happens, the boat slightly sinks and the fish will return to the sea. Then, you start the process all over again.
Create Custom Painted Crankbaits
Other than being able to drive your boat anywhere into the sea, you can also make your own lures in Kapu Fishing. Simply tap on the lure icon on the top left of the screen to go to the crankbaits creation screen.
You can choose the color and the patterns of your crankbaits, and attach different accessories to make your crankbaits unique. Keep in mind that different colors and patterns will attract different fish. One of the major attractions in this game is this fun and creative process.
Parents Need to Know
Based on its gameplay, kids ages 2+ can already play Kapu Fishing on their own. The swiping gesture to cast the lure is quite intuitive. There is also an animated hand icon showing you how to cast the lure and crank it in. Neither text nor narration is required to explain the gameplay.
Kapu Fishing works great without internet connection. It doesn’t have any ads, in-app purchases, or links to social media. And because it has no rules, punishments, or time limits, I found my kids playing the game for quite a long time in each seating. They just can’t stop trying out different crankbaits to catch new kinds of fish.
Things I Like
I’ve always been an advocate for learning as you play. Kapu Fishing is a great example where kids can learn a lot about fishing when the gameplay is designed to be fun and intuitive. As kids try out different lures and spots, they’re bound to learn something and ask about the fishing activity itself when they’re given a chance.
When I noticed how my kids love to play the game, I told them about how my father used to take me fishing. Turns out, they’d love to go fishing with me in the future. Then, we watched a couple of YouTube videos to learn how real fishing looks like, and how you should hold the rod and cast the lures. We also learned about the differences between natural fishing baits and artificial lures, such as the painted crankbaits.
I highly suggest you give this game a try with your kids and see for yourself if they would like to experience the real fishing on their own. I bet they’d also want to try different lures and discover what each is best for. Granted, they would need to learn to be quiet as they fish. But at the very least, Kapu Fishing has made fishing looks fun (and easy).
Kapu Fishing is a fun fishing game for kids in which they get to learn as they’re having fun. The gameplay is quite intuitive for kids ages 2+ to play on their own. However, if you decide to accompany them as they play, you can use the app as a starting point for your next outdoor activities.
App was provided for our honest review.
About Kapu Toys
Kapu Toys is a team of developers from Finland who is determined to create clever digital toys that spark the imagination, inspire families to play together, and let kids learn along the way. Given my experience with Kapu Fishing, I’d say their goals are well achieved. To learn more about the company and the apps they’ve published on the App Store, please visit their website. Here are a couple of apps from Kapu Toys that we’ve reviewed previously:
Kapu Bloom Tunes is a cute digital toy that allows kids to paint and grow musical flowers. As they grow these colorful flowers, they will also learn about musical scale and the concept of symmetry. The gameplay is cute, intuitive, and responsive. With its open-ended gameplay, no time limits, no difficulty levels, and language-neutral, it’s an app that any kids ages 2+ should try.
Kapu Forest is a colorful and animated digital toy in which kids learn about 10 different forest animals while helping them gather food and build nests. Parents can set a timer to control how long kids can play in a single seating. Similar to other Kapu Toys apps, Kapu Forest is language-neutral, making it appealing for non-English speakers as well.