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Big Game Fishing

DOS - 1991

Also available on: Amiga - Commodore 64

Released in
United Kingdom
Simulation, Sports
Fishing, Managerial, Naval
1st-Person, 3rd-Person
4.35 / 5 - 20 votes

Description of Big Game Fishing

Big Game Fishing is a fun arcade-oriented fishing game by Simulmondo that focuses as much on financial realities of fishing as the sport itself.

There is a simple but reasonably realistic plot: you are a businessman who is virtually broke, on a coveted vacation at a nondescript island. Being broke, the only way your vacation could last more than a day is if you catch enough fish to pay for boat rental fees, gas, and other expenses.

The game starts ashore, where you can buy baits, gas, and other necessities in a store before setting out. Fishing is a good combination of reflexes and planning: you must plot your route carefully, observe the weather, seagulls, and sonar scan to locate the fish and time the opportunity to hook him. A joystick is the best way to play this game, as joystick movements for most actions (reeling, casting etc.) feel quite authentic.

Because you need to sell fish to rent a boat etc. to fish for the next day, this adds an interesting strategic dimension to the game. Bigger fish nets more money, but they only live in the deepest waters, which require a lot of gas (hence money) to get to. This essentially forces you to fish close to the coast, saving any cash you earn to plan farther expeditions.

Overall, Big Game Fishing is a solid fishing game that won't appeal to hardcore fishing fans who crave realism and accuracy, but will prove a lot of fun to everyone else. As in real life, though, fishing is a sport that requires a lot of patience, so don't expect fish to bite as soon as you drop the line. Recommended.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Ranju 2016-01-21 0 point

Just plan a course towards somewhere (doesn't actually matter where). Then when you're on the boat press F (for the fishing line). Chose the bait (it's good to put on the one that the guy at the supply store recomends - usually number 5).
1-3 are artificial, 4-5 are natural.
Once you have the bait on the hook lower it to 25 (you see the counter at the fishing rod).
Now speed the boat up (with + key). If it's natural bait use speeds 1-5 if artificial up to 8.
Then when the seaguls start to apeare press space (to throw fish in the water). Maybe it won't bite in the first go, but keep repeating this until it does (then be careful).
When the fish is on the hook you need to real it in (shift + down), but you need a strong grip (reft and right). Watch for the scales just above bait.
Good luck
Source credit:Abandonia dosgame forum/user:sebastinos

Ranju 2016-01-21 0 point DOS version

Create desktop shortcut for Dosbox------Drag RUNME (.bat formatted windows batch file) on to the shortcut and drop it.Watch the game run .It wont require the 'word' if you do that way :) Hope it helps

dejan 2010-11-10 0 point DOS version

ekstra ja sam veliki obozavalac

pm 2010-02-03 0 point DOS version

where do you get the word they ask in the beginning of the game?

collector rob 2008-06-24 0 point DOS version

this is a really good game, i just dont know the controlls lol some one let me know, im rob

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