You are a witch that catches fish! Use your reflexes and wit to discover all the magical aquatic creatures that inhabit your sleepy cove.
Fall 2023 - present
UI Art, Illustration, Visual Development, UX
Figma, Photoshop, UE5
Every good game has a beloved fishing minigame, but it rarely takes center stage. I've loved playing games like Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing, but I'd always wished for the chance to show off flashy combos and strategy while reeling in my catches. As an avid fan of both cozy and fast-paced games, I wanted to combine the two and add some additional depth to the fishing game genre with skillshot and build-based mechanics!
Arcana + Nautical =?
I familiarized myself with common shapes and motifs from both styles - the bold, organic shapes of the ocean, and the more intricate lines of tarot cards. I looked toward games like League of Legends and Hearthstone for their immersion and cohesive magical visual style, while splashing a bit of Animal Crossing's coziness in the form of softer, inviting shapes and colors.
Visuals combine the nautical and arcana, with the rugged, freeform shapes of sailing motifs mixed with the graceful and geometric forms of the arcane. Accents are in gold with small pops of saturated highlights. Small accents of trim, dangling jewelry or ropes give a witchy feeling.
Every time players catch a fish, they get a Token of the Fish's Blessing - these can be spent to create powerful spells, or disenchanted into bait to catch more fish. This screen shows the disenchantment layout and process. Click around!
Conversely, players are also able to craft Tokens into Spell Cards. These abilities are based off of a tarot card deck, and when equipped, allow players to summon powerful attacks or passive enchantments to assist in catching fish. These spells all belong to one of four elements, and have a set amount of mana needed to cast the spell.
When players catch a fish for the first time, it is added into their Journal. There are three rarity tiers of fish - common, rare, and legendary. Card backgrounds evoke tarot aesthetics and reflect the rarity of the creature in their complexity!
Pardon our Dust
Stay tuned for more - this is a work in progress! :)