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    Fishing Derby

    Game » consists of 5 releases. Released 1980

    Fishing Derby is a fishing game released by Activision for the Atari 2600 VCS.

    Short summary describing this game.

    Fishing Derby last edited by reverendhunt on 06/04/19 02:28PM View full history


    Fishing Derby was programmed by David Crane and was one of Activision's original four games released for the Atari 2600 in 1980 (along with Boxing, Checkers, and Dragster).  The game is played using the standard Atari 2600 joystick controller. 


    In Fishing Derby, two fishermen sit on opposing piers over the water.  The goal is to catch 99 pounds of fish first.  A single player may play against the AI opponent, or two players can compete against each other.  The joystick is used to maneuver the fisherman's line; upon hooking a fish, it is reeled in slowly.  Using the action button, the player can reel in the fish faster.  Only one fisherman may reel in a fish at a time.  If one player hooks a fish while his opponent has already, he must wait for his opponent to either catch or lose his hooked fish.  Bigger fish, which will contribute more to the player's score when caught, sit at the bottom of the water, while lighter fish swim near the surface.  Additionally, a shark roams the water and attempts to devour hooked fish.

    Game Modes 

    Game 1: Player vs. Computer 
    Game 2: Player vs. Player

    Difficulty Switches

    The setting of the left switch affects the left player, while the right switch affects the right player. 
    • A: Fish must be hooked by positioning the bait under the fish's nose.
    • B: Fish can be hooked by positioning the bait near the fish's mouth.

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