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A Fisherman's Tale is cute. It has some fun little visual tricks, it looks nice, and the puzzles are okay if a little repetitive in their solutions. My fun was kind of spoiled, though—even though I turned hints off in the settings, dialog would constantly tell me exactly what to do instead of letting me solve the puzzles at my own pace. Voice lines would also repeat way too frequently, grating on my nerves. I also found the final puzzle of the game to be particularly janky in comparison to the others.
It's an excuse to play Gen 1 Pokémon again—one of my favorites to play—but with a little extra challenge. All Pokémon are stuck at level 5, which means they can't evolve or learn new moves. It seems like a fun idea, but a few small oversights on the part of the hack developer allow players to break the game—most importantly, the Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee in Saffron that you can acquire are level 30. You'll also be faced off against an overlooked Raticate right before Vermilion, and Brock's high defense Pokémon were enough of an early-game wall that I decided to perform a Brock skip rather than face him as intended. I left this one unfinished, but a few fixes could make this challenge more "enforced"—nerfed Hitmons and a few glitch-preventing boulders would do the trick.
Brutal outlanes with kickbacks that love to send the ball into the other kickback, down the middle, or sometimes right back into themselves. Unconvincing "card shuffle" sounds and an annoying voiceover appears to be done by an unenthusiastic intern. Bad vibes on this table, definitely one of my least favorite Zaccaria "remake" tables.