A downloadable fine day for fishin' for Windows

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EARL'S DAY OFF (DEMO) is a retro-inspired 3D fishing horror game inspired by arcade bass fishing games from the 90s. It was created as part of the Fishing Horror Jam presented by Horror You Haven't Played.

This demo is a collaboration between Airdorf and Torple Dook. BE ADVISED this is a game jam demo created over the period of less than a month. There is MUCH MORE to come so please be patient if it seems buggy or unfinished!

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"I barely remember last night... but I guess I lost my wedding ring in the lake. 'Don't come back until you find it', she says. It's probably in some fish's gut by now. Ah well, at least I have an excuse to do some fishin'. Hell of a way to spend my day off."

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WASD = steer boat
Left mouse button = hold to aim lure, release to cast
Right mouse button = hold to reel in lure

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  • Sometimes the lure doesn't properly collide with the water and just hangs there. After a couple of seconds it will return you to driving/casting mode
  • If fish go after the lure while it is resting on the lake bottom, they might glitch out and linger on the surface of the water. Just cast into the water again and they'll bite the lure properly
  • Environment might look a little unfinished in some places
  • Send bug reports, compatibility issues, crashes, and suggestions to airdorf(at)gmail(dot)com

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DEMO_EarlsDayOff_FishingHorrorJam_v0-1.zip 35 MB

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Had a lot of fun with this, though I confess that first key drove me insane.

We had fun with this one :P Even if it was a little unclear what to do at first!


Good concept but lackluster execution. Gets a pass because it was made for a game jam. It was to hard to see the fish from behind earls big head.

This was a cool concept for a game and I enjoyed It Even though I was Having trouble with aiming lol.

Great scary game. Only suggestion: I spent a long time trying to get the key before realizing what I had to do, so a small tip might be good.


The EarlΒ΄s Day Off DEMO looks great, and is a promising demo for AirdorfΒ΄s 3D debut. 

I loved this! Please carry it forward. 

I loved the lack of hints; it held a great balance of presenting what to do and forcing you to rely on exploring it yourself to find out how to get what you need. I really love the nostalgia and immersive ambience.

A fishing game taken to a more sinister dimension , it was very refreshing and the asthetics of the game are great using an N64 style rendering.The horror element is very mild and can appeal to many audiences , it was more creepy than outright terror and was designed well.

 One flaw in the game is that there is no clue that you need to pick something up before being able to fish for the items you need to progress through the gates, maybe there could of been a line where if you try to go for said item and skim over the top of the item Earl could say " I see something shiny down there but my float is not heavy enough....maybe i need to fish for something first to weigh the float down" but this is just a suggestion.

Overall it was enjoyable to play and a good experience.

I really enjoyed this game.  I loved the faith series of game too.  The PS1 vibe was fun, and I was really starting to wonder why this game was in the horror section, until Earl started making remakes about the fish that were a little unsettling.  

took a little fishin trip in the third games of terror! 

I enjoyed the combination of fishing and horror. I liked the retro vibe and ambient sounds throughout the game. I was trying to catch the key for like 30 minutes and realized later that I needed something else lol Anyways, I enjoyed it a lot. I translated into Japanese verbally. Hopefully, more Japanese speakers can appreciate the game. 

As per usual, me and my sister took a look!

Aside from the few little glitches that you've mentioned in the description this was an amazing game with a really cool and unique concept! I love the bleakness of the design as well, it was really effective. 

(This is the third game on the video)


(I ran late on uploading the gameplay footage, sorry! D:)

A mini-review for starters before the gameplay video :D

So I liked what I saw and played, I loved the idea of a horror game involving going fishing. Definitely a new experience that I liked. Wish there was music though and a sound effect for the gates opening.

There were a few bugs/glitches I found, like the fish would unhook and get stuck on the surface for example. But since this a demo, I know it'll get buffed out later :)

A recommendation for the next update is to fix the hitboxes on the fish and maybe fix the AI a little bit or fix the range of where the fish would be able to detect the bait. 

Either way though it was a fun game to play! Can't wait to try out the full game! :D

Hey thanks for your suggestions! And THANK YOU for playing! ^_^

You're welcome! :D

Even better than expected, especially for a Game Jam game!I'm looking forward to seeing more πŸ‘

Interesting game! I can't wait for the full version. This game has a lot potential. Keep up the good work. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Gave it a go...

I Caught Me A Bass Baby! | Earl's Day Off (Fishing Horror Story)

I'm Bad at Fishing People! 

Great Jobs Devs


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Great game, gived it 5 stars

oh it pisses ye off so much when the fish don't bite the bait. But overall its a fun game

I think it's more of a rage game then it is a horror game...

I like how the game went from relaxing to creepy -  cool concept combining fishing and horror. Nice game! 

COME, CATCH FISH THE SIZE OF MAN haha From the title this game had me hype to play. Twas def a fun experience, but I'm left with one question: What happened to the wife??

Great work!

It was actually refreshing playing a horror game that wasn't simply walking down a dark hallway with a flashlight.  This isn't a jump scare kind of horror game.. this is more of a "creepy story" kind of game.  The fishing is actually fun and I love the old school graphics.  Considering this was made quickly for a game jam, that is even more impressive.  Keep up the good work!  I have attached my game play video.  It is the final game in the video. Starts at 22:08.

This game is really great actually, I can't wait to play the full version!

Really love the idea of a fishing horror game, which isn't something I thought I'd ever say.

Made a video

I always enjoyed fishing mini-games in the games that I played. So this was pretty much right up my alley!! lol

Played your game in an indie romp. I was not safe from the lake :'(

hope you enjoy the video, your game starts at 8:31

Pretty cool game!

This was really good! The fishing aspect was more challenging than I expected, and the game gives off a happy vibe up until you see the creature for the first time. Great way to build a sense of fear! Here's my playthrough: 


Played Earl's Day Off. Featured it as my Monday indie game on Epic Brew. 

Looking forward to seeing the concept expanded.

This is incredible


I really loved the charm of this game! I grew up playing Sega Bass Fishing and love horror games so this was a treat! Looking forward to seeing more! 

Cool game! First time I've played a fishing horror game lol

Great game, the concept of fishing horror is a tough one but I think you had the best idea. Game is at 0:17

Nice game. The objective items could use bigger hit boxes.

Hoooey, gotta catch me some feesh

Can't stand fishing BUT this was actually a good little slow burn horror! (Second game of this compilation)


Pretty cool! Has me interested in where this is going. Fishing and horror is a great combination!

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