is set up like a mini virtual vacation to a resort island. You step off the boat and, after spending a few days at a resort to learn the ropes, you're set loose in a sizeable island playground and handed a variety of mini-games to complete. As you might imagine, everything comes back to fishing in one form or another, but that's the name of the game.
One feature that will really get players hooked is the resort's large aquarium. Every fish you catch is added to the aquarium. You can walk through the aquarium at any time to watch as fish swim around, though your ultimate goal is to attract visitors, bringing in income. Money in hand, you can expand the aquarium or go out and try to catch even more exotic fish for your collection.
I was somewhat surprised at how addictive catching fish gets, especially when the game tosses in a couple of rare fish for you to go after. Going after one particular fish does grow tedious, though the minute you get a bite from your personal Moby Dick, you're immediately snapped out of whatever funk had previously set in. There's nearly 200 fish in the game, and though walking through your aquarium isn't exactly awe-inspiring (chalk it up to the Wii's hardware), it is still pretty cool to watch it grow.
Another cool feature is the ability to fish anywhere there's water. If you see a small pool of water while on a bike ride, you can stop, grab your pole and start fishing. This helps break up the otherwise dull island exploration. You are given tasks to encourage you to get out and explore, though your goals rarely push beyond simple fetch quests.
There are also a couple of competitive tasks, including skill games such as one challenging you to cast your line closer to a target area than other players. There's also an online leaderboard of sorts that awards points based on your best catches. The competitive stuff is neat, though it never gets cutthroat nor are you ever forced to do something. Fishing Resort is a pretty chill game, so you can take it on at a leisurely pace. Players who want a more narrative-based adventure will, however, be disappointed since you're sort of left to create your own fish tales.