For some reason, gamers are big fishing fans- whether we want to admit it or not. The fishing part of any game that offers it from Link’s Awakening on the Game Boy to Ocarina of Time on the N64 gamers enjoy their fishing mini games. Flamewing over on ROMHacking.net has taken Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis and turned it completely into a fishing derby. The weird thing is, it works quite well.
Big’s Fishing Derby takes the whole action/adventure/platform part of Sonic and throws it completely out the window. Astute fans will remember Big the Cat is from the first Sonic Adventure game. Replacing that speed Sonic is known for with a fishing derby sounds like a recipe for disaster but Flamewing has accomplished just that. Big’s Fishing Derby is a whole new game.
Graphically this is a Sonic game, it just doesn’t require you to run your blue legs off. Each of the four games represented has different background graphics and unique fish to catch. Various fish will unleash different powerups that either help you or hinder your opponent. This is reminiscent of the classic puzzle games like Columns and Puyo Puyo.
Don’t get too excited, especially if you are a single player. Big’s Fishing Derby is not all that hot in the single player campaign. As usual for these types of games, Big’s Fishing Derby shines in two player mode where you are facing your friend and throwing useless junk their way while you are trying to rack up the rings.
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