Not long ago, Leo's dad's fishing company went broke because of pirates, what with their nasty looting and scaring of workers through nefarious pirate ways. Leo's a scientist, not a fighter—he needs the help of someone who is destined for great things. And it's just so that Youda Fisherman who can do it! Once again, you are in the captain's seat in this addictingly enjoyable time management simulation release from the folks at Youda Games. By managing resources, trading on the markets, making use of fantastic inventions and fending off marauders, you will be written into the fame of angler's lore as you save Leo's family business from ruin.
It's true that rebuilding a thriving industry is no easy task: it takes thoughtful strategy and quick action to accomplish. A lot is happening at once in Youda Fisherman, much more than meets the eye. At first you're given the simple task of hiring fishing boats and gathering up fish. An occasional pirate might show up but you have a Tesla Tower to jolt pirates into surrender with blasts of electricity. No problem at all. Yet, as the company expands, the action picks up; you'll construct factories and negotiate market trades for the supplies needed for making such products as seafood pizza, caviar cakes, and pearl necklaces. Leo is an ingenious inventor, though. He'll supply you with more amazing contraptions such as Tornado Towers to assist in gathering stockpiled resources and Invisible Shields to protect your machines from storm damage.
Each level of Youda Fisherman has a set of goals to accomplish. If you choose the Tutorial in the game option menu, you'll receive guidance and hints from Leo on how to progress. At times you'll need to purchase blueprints to build or upgrade factories before you can progress to the next level. Successfully completing a level earns you tokens along with bonuses for time and gold accumulation. Invest those tokens in your company offices, acquiring beneficial upgrades that will, for example, speed up resource production or gain larger profits for your products.
Analysis: With fifty levels, Youda Fisherman is certainly a good buy in terms of length. It succeeds in combining a variety of popular time management and simulation elements in a way that makes sense. You might be reminded of other Youda Games titles such as Youda Farmer or Youda Survivor while you gather resources, but Youda Fisherman also has a fast-paced, quick-thinking aspect that is reminiscent of the Roads of Rome series. Youda Fisherman is very clicky—like Roads of Rome, you'll gain greater success when you apply a well-planned strategy to fast clicking. This facet of play can be deeply satisfying although it can be frustrating to restart a level when the gold medal is missed. Achievement-philes have hundreds of trophies and achievements to aim for including kudos for Defensive Strategy, Wrecking Havoc, Gone with the Wind, and As Good as Advertised. If you get a warm feeling of accomplishment when a challenge is surmounted, you'll quickly find yourself gratified in Youda Fisherman.
The story surrounding Youda Fisherman seems roughly constructed solely to introduce nifty upgrades and machinery; why you, the heroic-yet-ordinary guy, come in to save the day is based entirely on the irresistible nature of open sea battles even though pirate attacks are a small (though reoccurring) part of the gameplay. The story of how a fisherman's son named Leo becomes such a talented inventor isn't fully explained but . . . well, who cares? Those inventions are huge fun and it's always a treat to discover the latest machine for thwarting foes or increasing production! An overall refreshing take on the genre, Youda Fisherman delivers the goods in engaging casual gameplay and fast-paced fun.