If shouting the phrase “Serenity Now!” actually helps you achieve serenity, the results of said inner peace might resemble The Black Bass.
You play John Q. Angler, an amateur fisherman looking to catch numerous black bass and make a name for yourself. Each lake that you travel to is part of a different tournament. With each tournament, the goal is to snag the biggest black bass in the lake. Other fish, like trout and pikes, will try and distract you, but the bass is the only fish worthy of your time.
Bolster the Power Meter, throw the line in the water, then wiggle the lure around until it attracts a big boy. Once you’ve got a snag, reel it in by pressing a combination of ‘A,’ ‘left,’ and ‘right.’ Whether you grab it or not, once you bring your line in, you’ll be taken to a menu screen where you can select the type of lure you want, move to a different spot on the lake, or see your current tournament standing.
By recreating the feeling of fishing on the NES, The Black Bass achieves exactly what it sets out to do. For folks of a certain vintage, this “armchair angler” genre is nearly as exciting as being out on a still lake with some Keystones and your thoughts. For the rest of us, impatience and booze are a deadly combination.
PUBLISHER: Hot-B DEVELOPER: Another GENRE: Fishing
RELEASE DATE: 10/18/88 – (JP), 09/1989 – (US)