Bass Hunter

Nintendo 64

Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 4

Sound: 2

Gameplay: 5

Overall: 4

basshunter641.jpg (29906 bytes)The N64 has never had a fishing game yet. No, not one. It's a crying shame that Bass Hunter had to be the first. Maybe the Nintendo 64 wasn't meant for fishing games if Bass Hunter is any indication.

First off, the sound isn't there. The splashing of the water and elevator music is all you'll find on this cart. A split screen view shows gamers the majority of the "action," and in theory it works. One side shows your fisherman and the other gives you a limited under water view to help find fish. In actuality, the blurry, hazy graphics that consume the environments ruin any feel of being on the water on a cool morning.

Controlling the game is simple enough, but hauling the big one in is seemingly impossible. The fish are always moving in the opposite direction no matter how much power you put on your line. Thankfully, you line is quite powerful so it doesn't snap, but be prepared for a lengthy battle with a 20 pounder.

There are a few tense moments within the game, but these are marred by the muddy graphics, non-existent sounds, and rough-around-the-edges control. There are definitely better fishing games on the market (check out the Dreamcast and Sega's Bass Fishing series), but if your only console is the N64, you're out of luck. Sorry to the bearer of bad news.


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Last updated: Friday, September 30, 2005 09:43 PM