First off, controls for the rod and reel can either be set to Touch Screen or Control Pad controls. However, I only got a glimpse of the former, so I have no idea how the other control scheme works. When it comes to the Touch Screen, you have a circular icon in the center that acts as your reel. To begin your cast, you drag the icon downwards and release it when the power meter has reached a desired level. Once your line has hit the water, you can spin the handle on the icon in a clockwise direction to bring it towards you. You can also jolt the line in a given direction by quickly swiping your stylus along the icon.
As one would expect, there are different kinds of lures designated for different depths. The Frog lure, for instance, rests just on the surface of a body of water. You can unlock additional lures for use as you progress through the game and meet certain conditions. When a fish hooks onto your line, a horizontal bar will appear on the top screen to indicate line tension as you try to reel him in. In the process, you'll also receive directions telling you to move the rod in a certain direction to avoid losing your catch. If you are successful, the game will indicate the size of the fish before adding that number to your accumulated weight.
The game looks pretty good graphically speaking, but I do have a slight concern over the action segments. I almost feel like they could pick up the pace a bit to add more challenge and realism. But to be fair, I haven't seen footage of the more aggressive fish or even the other difficulty settings, so there's a possibility things ramp up there. Speaking of which, it seems as though Big Bass Arcade will contain some decent variety in its mode selection. Between tournament cups, free play settings and specific challenges, there's quite a bit to choose from. I've been told that the final release will include over 40 events in total, set across 7 different locations.
Anyone who enjoys fishing sims now and again will want to keep an eye on this one. Big John Games may have already submitted the game for approval by the time you read this, so hopefully you won't have to wait long to try it out. In the meantime, check out the newly-released screenshots of the game!