TNN Bass Tournament of Champions

a game by Ascii, Imagitec Design Inc., and American Softworks

Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesisSNESSNES

Genre: Sports

See also: TNN Games

CATCH A BIG ONE AND WIN CASH FOR THE TOP CATCH

Grab a chair and hold onto your tackle box as we tune into TNN Bass Tournament of Champions.

Next to football and hockey, my favorite pastime is fishing.

In the winter, it's too darn cold to go ice fishing, so I snuggle up with my Super NES and go to town on the various fishing games out on the market.

Let's open up the tackle box on this one and find out what type of equipment this game has to offer fishermen.

You can free fish or choose the Tournament Mode. With all the money you win for your prize catch, you can go shopping in the Bass pro shop.

BUY NEW GEAR IN THE PRO BASS TACKLE SHOP

In the pro-shop you can buy gear, new rods and reels, and lures. The only problem holding you back from the deluxe equipment is your cash flow.

When you choose the Tournament Mode, an Option Window appears giving you Tournament, Shop, or Save. Choosing Tournament will take you to the tournament start, where you can fish in three competitive tournaments: Junior, ASC. and TNN. Placing third in the ASC Mode will allow you to compete in the TNN tournament. Shop takes you to the Pro Shop to purchase tackle and lures. Initially you start out with S100, but don't worry because you will earn more money as you fish and win prizes.

Save allows you to keep your day's catch and any tackle you've purchased The tournament ranking is based on the total weight of the bass in the Livewell that you bring to the weigh-in.

A five bass maximum is allowed in the Livewell.

If you place in the top three, there Is a cash prize.

The higher your ranking, the more cash you get. The money is automatically added to your account at the Pro Shop. In the game you can choose from six different lakes, each with its own unique shape and characteristics. To learn more about a lake, move to the lake using the control pad. This will allow you to view the Lake Stats Screen.

You can view the average fish size, weight, and length plus the best size fish caught. If you hook into a lunker, you'll know it.

This game has plenty of playability to keep you on the hunt for the really big fish.

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Fishing's fun, but it requires patience. Unfortunately, Bass Tournament of Champions makes you wait too long for a good time.

Great attention to bass-fishing details makes BTOC a kick for fanatic worm-dunkers, but if you don't care what a Texas rig is, forget it. You also have to reel in the lures very slowly (too slowly!) to get a nibble. At least, thanks to topnotch controls, you can have fun casting hardware and fighting a fish when you finally hook one.

ProTip: Keep the line-tension meter in the blue so the line doesn't snag, but set the drag high so there's no slack.

The graphics are keepers, too, especially the close-up overhead visuals for "playing" hooked fish. However, the sounds sink -- unless you enjoy fishing to elevator music.

If you look at sushi and think "bait," you might like this game. Otherwise, you're better off just fishing.

reggie posted a review
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