Catch and Release VR (Catch & Release) is a Virtual Reality game available on Steam. I originally downloaded this game on a whim, looking for a simple game to test out my VR setup. It surpassed by expectations and I ended up playing the game for a lot more time than I originally anticipated. The idea behind Catch and Release VR is similar to Richies Plank Experience in the sense that it is both simple and well executed. You sit on a boat and catch fish. If you are looking for a fast paced games with lots of action, then this definitely is not the right game for you.
Price and Bang for your buck
$20. Bit on the pricey side. Game is simple but fun enough to make it worth your money. Updated pretty often.
Let me start of by explaining that my initial expectations for this game were low. I have never really spent all that much time fishing. I am not really much of an outdoorsy person. The game play in Catch & Release is really centered around sitting on a boat in the middle of a lake and trying to catch fish. What really makes this game stand out from the rest is the feeling of serene that comes over you while you play. Unlike many other Virtual Reality games, the only action you really get is when you are trying to reel in a fish that you just caught. Time spent waiting for a fish to bite onto the hook and eat your bait really slows down the pace of the game. Something about all of this makes it the perfect game for sitting in your house and playing. I think that the experience would be perfect for someone looking to wind down after a long day of word. Its almost like meditation.
The game provides a couple of different features to keep the player from getting bored. It allows you to play music from an on-boat radio or add your own music into the installation folder to play your own selection of music. There is a simple story-line surrounding a mythical big fish in the lake and people who have tried to catch it. You have an in-game menu which allows you to buy everything from upgraded equipment (bait, rod and accessories) to a beer (which doesn’t seem to really have any other purpose than the satisfaction of drinking a virtual beer on a virtual lake). There are challenges that pop up in the in-game diary which gives the player a sense of purpose. The developer updates the game frequently, which helps give this experience a bit more bang for the buck.
In summary, I think this game is suited for a specific person looking for a specific experience. This game could be fun to show to friends or family, but ultimately it won’t be fun watching someone fishing on a virtual lake for long. I would really recommend this game to someone who may come home and use it as a means to relax.