The Black Bass (1986 video game)

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The Black Bass
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Front cover of the original MSX version of The Black Bass.
Developer(s) Gamu
Publisher(s) Hot B,Gamu
Series The Black Bass
Platform(s) MSX
Nintendo Entertainment System
Release MSX
February 6, 1987
Genre(s) Fishing
Mode(s) One player

The Black Bass (ザ・ブラックバス, Za Burakku Basu) is a 1986 fishing video game developed and published by Gamu (later known as HOT・B). It was originally released for the MSX computer in 1986 and later ported to the Family Computer on March 18, 1987 in Japan. It is the first game in the long-running Black Bass series and was not released outside of Japan.


The objective is for the player to catch as many black bass as possible from sunrise to sunset. The player may select a beginner's game or ranking game. A ranking game requires a password. From here, a player may select a location on the lake to start at and begin fishing. Simply tossing a lure out with the desired power will start the process. A fish can be lured in by moving the lure around and if it bites, then the player can try reeling it in. Too much constant reeling leads to the line breaking and the loss of both the fish and the lure.

Between casting rounds, the player can make certain selections. Among the selections available is the option to change the type and or color of lure being used.



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