King Salmon

King Salmon
a game by Sage's Creation
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Fishing Games

King Salmon is not just a typical day at the lake! This video fishing requires lots of forethought and technique to successfully catch a fish. Use various types of lure, change the depth of the line and pick plenty of spots to drop your line. Watch for other fisherman's boats, because if you collide too many times, you will be disqualified! If you manage to hook a fish, try using the pump method to nab the big one!

People say:


Like other fishing games, King Salmon displays the addictive features that have made similar titles on the 8-Bit systems some of the best ever made. Don't get me wrong, the pace here is leisurely and the action never really gets out-of-hand, but if you want an entertaining title that tests yourself, turn to the King.


There have been some OK fishing games done of some of the other systems but finally someone actually made a fishing simulation. This cart has it all! Don't expect a lot of action, but plan on a lot of hours of practice before you can find, and then hook, and then finally land the King Salmon. Tough, but the best there is!


Surprise! A fishing simulator can actually make a good game. The graphics are not phenomenal and the sounds are average, but the game play is interesting and has an addictive quality. Trolling along the lake in search of fish can be most relaxing! A nice change of pace in a world of shooters and fighting games.


Although not a graphics powerhouse (let alone a musical orchestra), King Salmon has some addicting game play that makes it hard to put down. As the next in a line of fishing titles over the past year or two, King Salmon comes out on top with superb realism and faithfulness to the sport. Let's see more games like this!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

Pack your lunch and get a good night's sleep, 'cuz the fishing derby starts at 7 a.m. and you're gonna need all the rest you can get! Sage's Creation has landed a slow- but-strong game with the first ever fishing game for the Genesis, King Salmon.

Not for Minnows

Let's get one thing straight, if spending an afternoon fishing doesn't sound attractive to you, then throw this one back. But if you enjoy sport fishing, then this game has enough depth to send you reeling.

King Salmon provides hours of potential play time with four different contests: Vancouver Island, the Kenai River Basin, the Salmon Fishing Derby, and the World Record Challenge. During each contest, you have from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to catch as many King Salmon as possible. That's a lot harder than it sounds.

If you tow the lure behind a school of minnows, you'll catch plenty of fish. However, the King Salmon are few and far between. Just like real fishing, there are many variables to consider when hunting for the big one. You choose your type of lure, control the distance between the lure and the boat, and adjust the depth of your hook. Other variables, like weather and current, are beyond your control, but the master angler will take heed of these conditions.

ProTip: Select Live Herring from the Lure menu. The herring's the thing wherein you'll catch the conscious of the King.

Trollin' down the River

There are three basic modes of play in King Salmon: the Wide Area map, the Point Map, and the Fight. The graphics are nicely detailed all the way down to the water currents. The Wide Area Map is for cruising to a good spot for trolling (towing a lure behind your boat). The Point Map is for trolling.

Trolling takes loads of patience and hooking a fish is a challenge. To set the hook, you must pull your rod the moment a fish's bite makes the rod flex.

To snag a King, wait until your pole bends five times and pull up on the fifth flex.

Looking for a Fight?

The coolest part of King Salmon, as in real fishing, is the Fight. The sounds are realistic, and the action is fast-paced. During the fight, you can reel or thumb the line, pump the pole, and rest your arm to revitalize your strength.

If your line is in danger of being cut by another boat's propeller, choose the "reel in fast" option from the menu.

At critical points in the Fight, you face tough situations. The game displays three solutions, and you select the best answer to the problem. For example, if you've been reeling in line and the fish starts heading for the bottom, you'd better decide to let out some slack or the stress will cut your line.

Go Fish?

If you like fishing, or think you may, and then you'll get hooked on King Salmon. If not, tackle another game.

King Salmon brings you all the joys of real fishing but with the added comfort that you can do it from your own home. There's a competition mode and a mode where you can just fish for run as opposed to for a prize. See if you can land the big one with this game.

King Salmon features:

  • Two different game modes, one is competitive, the other isn't
  • Realism in almost every aspect of the game
  • Password feature so you can save your game
  • Customize your equipment, choose your rod, bait and more

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Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots

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