The Black Bass Reviews (NES)
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Nintendo Power Magazine (Nov, 1989)
Tired of hyperwarping from space sector to space sector? Weary of jumping and shooting bizarre creatures to rescue some ungrateful princess? Well, get away for it all with a little relaxing bass fishing at a cool, tranquil lake.
The action can be slow and tedious (if a fish is far away, reeling it in can take a while), but the game is fairly fun and gets the job done considering the era – it was the first realistic take on the sport released in America.
Questicle.net (Mar, 2011)
I can’t decide if I’m being too hard on Black Bass or the people that love fishing games. I suppose if you live in a concrete jungle, like Phoenix, and you need to get your fishing kicks from somewhere, consoles aren’t a bad place. Or you could go buy a live fish, throw it in a tub full of cold water, and bust out the ol’ bait and tackle accordingly. It might be sillier, but it gets the job done. Since fishing is less about catching fish and more about the experience of waiting around for hours on end, Black Bass will certainly fill that slimy large-mouthed bass gap inside your heart. The other 95% of the population can take a pass.
The Video Game Critic (Sep 08, 2007)
Occasionally a fish will leap clear out of the water, accompanied by a completely inappropriate "boiiiing!" sound effect. Once you finally net a fish, it's exciting to watch the scale tally its weight. The game keeps track of your catches as you advance the ranks, and a password feature lets you save your process. If you've played any modern fishing games, Black Bass can be hard to stomach. There's almost nothing to see and you can't shut off the horrible background music (not to be confused with the fine title screen tune). The years have not been kind to this game, but its sequel "The Blue Marlin" has fared much better.