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In Fishing Derby, your goal is to be the first of two players to catch 99 pounds of fish. Each player is on a dock at the top of the screen, and you control the fishing line in the water. By moving the fishing line up or down, you can catch the fish that are swimming by. The deeper down you go, the bigger the fish are. When you catch a fish, you need to real it in! To make the game more difficult, a shark is constantly swimming back and forth. If you have a fish on your line and it touches the shark, the shark will eat it and you then will have to catch another fish. Two difficulty levels are available, and the game can be played by one person against the computer or two players against each other.


Fishing Derby Atari 2600 Some fishing in progress...
Fishing Derby Atari 2600 Got a big fish on the line!
Fishing Derby Atari 2600 Title screen

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User Reviews

A Hint Of Activision's Greatness. Guy Chapman (1997) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Sep 20, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Atari HQ 1995 8 out of 10 80 May 29, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Woodgrain Wonderland Feb 10, 2017 B 75
The Video Game Critic Jun 30, 2004 B 75
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
VideoGame Jun, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
JoyStik Dec, 1982 4.7 out of 10 47
The Game Hoard Dec 28, 2020 3 out of 7 43
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1982 Unscored Unscored


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High score

Fishing Derby is one of the few early Activision games that did not offer a send-away patch as a high score reward (99 points is all a player could ever get).
Servo (57355) added Fishing Derby (Atari 2600) on Sep 23, 2003
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