What are fishing games? Video games often attempt to simulate or capture some aspect of the world around us and transform it into a digital space wherein it becomes an amusement of some kind. This concept basically underlies every video game type out there, from fighting games to driving simulators, but this is perhaps no more evident than it is in fishing games or those titles that seek to emulate what it is like to go out on a lake, river, or even the high seas and fish.
Of course, fishing games need not be as dull as sitting on a pristine lake nor are they as action packed as the latest first-person shooter game. Some titles, like Sega Bass Fishing, combine arcade flourishes with real-life simulation to create a perfect combination that is both appropriate and well matched for a video game. Other games, like the Bass Masters line of titles, tend to hew a little more closely to what you would expect to find in the real world.
Obviously, as games that use fishing tournaments as their baseline for many of the in-game modes, this isn’t really surprising. One stand out game in this genre, if you think it even fits in the genre to begin, is Sega’s Dreamcast title Seaman.
A mix of a Tamagotchi game in the guise of raising a fish with a human head, Seaman had its own peripherals to enhance the gameplay and contained elements common to a fishing game. We cite it only to show how broad or narrow the classification of fishing games can be but rest assured the vast majority of them attempt to simulate the classic sport of fishing.
Of course, there are also games in which fishing is just one of the many game modes and is more an addition to the bustling world than the player’s main occupation. We’re talking here about such titles as Everquest 2 or Red Dead Redemption 2.