Bass Masters Classic: Pro Edition

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Bass Masters Classic: Pro Edition
Bass Masters Classic: Pro Edition
North American cover art
Developer(s) Black Pearl[1]
Malibu (Bass Masters Classic, SNES)
Publisher(s) Black Pearl[1]
Malibu (Bass Masters Classic, SNES)
Altron (Bass Masters Classic, SFC)
Designer(s) Todd Tomlinson[1]
Dan Burke[1]
Donn Nauert[1]
Robert Bonifacio[1]
Series Bass Masters Classic
Platform(s) Super NES[1]
Sega Genesis
Release Super NES: Sega Genesis:
Genre(s) Fishing[2]
Mode(s) Single-player

Bass Masters Classic: Pro Edition is an enhanced version of the Bass Masters Classic fishing video game. This game was released for both the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis video game devices.

Gameplay[edit]

The fish has identified the lure and is going for an "easy snack"; unaware of the fisher trying to catch him.

The game contains real companies in the fishing industry (i.e. Ranger Boats, Evinrude Outboard Motors, etc.) The game has two modes where the player fishes as an amateur and competes against other amateurs. The player also has the option of playing as famous bass anglers such as Tom Mann Jr. and Hank Parker.

Once the player has selected a mode they purchase various lures, rods, motors, depth sounders and other fishing implements.[3] From here the player can practice skill in the practice pond or begin fishing in their first tournament.[3] While there are a few different lakes that can be unlocked the gameplay remains the same. The player begins by driving their boat to a spot on the lake. There they cast and the screen switches from overhead view to an underwater camera.[3]

The player then entices the fish into biting their lure and a fight ensues.

Ports[edit]

The title Bass Masters Classic was also ported to Game Boy Color.

Reception[edit]

On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the Super Famicom version of the game a 22 out of 40.[4]

Scary Larry of GamePro gave the Genesis version of the original Bass Masters Classic a negative review. Though he noted it has a larger selection of anglers than the SNES version does, he criticized the "murky" graphics and sound, and said of the gameplay that "real fishing is easier than this. The Fish Finder is inaccurate, the casting can be ridiculously off-course, and there are long boring stretches while you wait for bass to come around."[5]

GamePro's Bro' Buzz gave the Super NES version a more positive review, saying it "won't win new fans to the sport, [but] hard-core video fisherpersons will be hooked." He particularly praised the fun fishing and new underwater view.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Release information (Super NES)". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-06-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Release information (Sega Genesis)". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  3. ^ a b c "Basic overview of game". MobyGames. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  4. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: バスマスターズ クラシック. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.346. Pg.31. 4 August 1995.
  5. ^ "ProReview: Bass Masters Classic". GamePro. No. 83. IDG. August 1995. p. 66. 
  6. ^ "16-Bit ProReviews: Bass Masters Classic Pro Edition". GamePro. No. 94. IDG. July 1996. p. 76.