Fishing Derby [Model AG-004]

Atari 2600 Cart. published 38 years ago by Activision, Inc.

Emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): fishdrby fishdrbye


Fishing Derby © 1980 Activision

Drop the very end of your line (that's where the bait is) down to the level you want to fish. Then move the bait to touch the mouth of the fish you want to catch. The difficulty settings determine how close the bait has to be before he bites.

GOT ONE HOOKED? If you don't do anything after hooking a fish, he will swim slowly up toward the surface (and the shark might gobble him up). If you want to reel him in fast, push the red button. Be quick, though. When both players have hooked a fish, only one can reel up at a time (the first one hooked). The other fish will swim up slowly until the first fish has either been caught or eaten by the shark.


Model AG-004


Tips from David Crane, designer of Fishing Derby :

"The most important thing I can tell you is to WATCH OUT FOR THE SHARK! I've made him quick and wily and unpredictable. If your fish touches the chark anywhere, he'll turn in a flash and snap it up. So try to keep your fish away from him while you're reeling in."

"Once you've hooked your fish, you'll want to play him back and forth until the shark moves out of the way, then push the red button and land him quickly. You can reel in more or less slowly by pressing or releasing the red button and you can move your line back and forth with your Joystick."

"Since the big fish are in the fifth and sixth rows, go deep. Start with the fifth row if you're the player on the left. You will have a little advantage there, because you can reach the fifth row first. The player on the right should go to the sixth row to catch his big ones."

"Also, watch to see which fish start from your opponent's side and which start from your side. As fish are caught, they are replaced on the side they started from. It's better for you to catch fish that start uner your pier, because you can usually go right back for another one."

"FISHING DERBY is a game designed to be fun for everyone in the family. Now you won't have to get rained on or sunburned when you go fishing. I'd like to hear how you like it."


Programmer: David Crane


[US] Sony PlayStation (sept.30, 1998) "A Collection of Activision Classic Games for the Atari 2600 [Model SLUS-00777]"
[US] Sony PlayStation 2 (nov.19, 2002) "Activision Anthology [Model SLUS-20588]"
[EU] [AU] Sony PlayStation 2 (2003) "Activision Anthology [Model SLES-51313]"

[US] Nintendo Game Boy Advance (dec.9, 2003) "Activision Anthology [Model AGB-BAVE-USA]"
[US] Sony PSP (nov.8, 2006) "Activision Hits Remixed [Model ULUS-10186]"
[EU] Sony PSP (feb.9, 2007) "Activision Hits Remixed [Model ULES-00640]"
[AU] Sony PSP (feb.14, 2007) "Activision Hits Remixed [Model ULES-00640]"

[US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (apr.4, 1995) "Atari 2600 Action Pack"
[US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (jan.1, 1994) "Activision's Atari 2600 Classics"
[US] PC [Microsoft Windows, CD-ROM] (oct.2003) "Activision Anthology: Remix Edition"
[US] Apple Macintosh [CD-ROM] (2003) "Activision Anthology: Remix Edition"

[US] Android (aug.30, 2012) "Activision Anthology"
[US] Apple iPhone/iPad (aug.30, 2012) "Activision Anthology [Model 542727742]"
[US] "Atari Flashback 8 Gold Edition" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames
[US] "Atari Flashback Portable Game Player" (sept.22, 2017) by AtGames

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