Top Angler (PlayStation 2)

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Top Angler is a single-player bass fishing game.The game features three lakes the lodge, the forest and the park which can be fished different seasons, times of day and weather conditions. There are four modes of play in this game:
  • Tournament: there are four tournaments, the Top Angler's Open, the Bass Challenge Invitational, The Bass Master's Championship and the Top Angler's Autumn Trail. The player starts on the Top Angler's Open and plays through the remaining three. At the end of each tournament the player may win additional lures and other prizes.

  • Arcade: here there are three courses, Easy, Normal and Hard. The player must beat the course record on each in order to progress to the next. Each course consists of three timed rounds, one in each lake.

  • Challenge: there are nine challenges which can be played in any order, they are based on catching either specific fish, such as 'Catch three super big bass only' and 'Catch ten bass without catching a blue gill', or to quantity such as 'Catch a total of forty pounds of bass', or Catch five smallmouth bass'

  • Practice: in this mode the player can fish any lake, in any season, any time of day and in any weather
In all modes apart from Practice mode the location, season and weather conditions are preset. The player starts with a minimal amount of lures for fishing on the top, middle, deep and bottom of the lakes and acquires more by competing in tournaments etc.


Top Angler PlayStation 2 Once the direction of the cast has been decided the player varies the cast power / distance by pressing X or O. 
On minimum the cast always travels at least 75% of the maximum distance
Top Angler PlayStation 2 Practice mode.
Fishing in the park on a summer afternoon
The spot above the fisherman's head is the direction in which the lure will be cast
Top Angler PlayStation 2 It does not happen often but sometimes the lure gets lost on the bottom of the lake. It, and the line, have just come through that log too
Top Angler PlayStation 2 The result of an unsuccessful session in Arcade Mode.
An Arcade course consists of three stages each of which is scored separately

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Top Angler Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "Top Angler: Real Bass Fishing" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Real Bass Fishing Top Angler" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

The Age Jul 04, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot May 08, 2002 4.1 out of 10 41
IGN Apr 12, 2002 3.9 out of 10 39


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