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Legend of the River King

by Natsume
Game Boy Color
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00001ZWQ0
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.9 x 1 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Media: Game Cartridge
  • Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,663 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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One of the oddest titles to come out for the Game Boy Color is Legend of the River King, which combines the structure of a role-playing game with the mechanics of a fishing game. Sound strange? It is.

This game contains numerous fishing locales to explore and conquer. In each area you can collect new fishing rods, lures, and other items used to catch up to 40 different fish. As you snatch up more fish, you can trade your catches for cash at the local fish markets. Your fishing journey will also be complicated by encounters with hungry animals anxious to fight for your fish. Perhaps taking a cue from Tamagotchi, this sleeper title also contains a virtual pet function. Begin with an empty aquarium that must be filled with the proper amount of water and other essentials. Before long, your baby fish will bloom into a full grown adult--unless, of course, you neglect to care for it.

Most fishing games provide a detailed fishing simulation and nothing else, but Legend of the River King adds some role-playing elements to the mix that considerably freshen the gameplay. Apparently, you are searching for a legendary fish that can cure your sister's illness. But this weak storyline really just provides an excuse to roam the world trying to catch every species of fish in the game.

Catching fish may not be as exciting as rounding up hundreds of different types of Pokémon, but it is surprisingly satisfying. As the game progresses, players gain access to different fishing poles, various types of bait, and other fishing accessories that let them land the bigger and more exotic catches. The role-playing elements are fairly lightweight, so hardcore RPG fans will likely be more amused than challenged. Still, these elements do help break up the monotony of the fishing tasks. There's even an entertaining virtual pet game that lets you hatch a fish and raise it. It thrives or dies depending on the amount and type of attention it gets, and even mutates into new species depending on the environment you establish for it. Legend of the River King is more relaxing than exciting, just as a good fishing game should be. --T. Byrl Baker


  • Nice graphics
  • Role-playing elements are unique
  • Relaxing gameplay
  • Requires more patience than skill

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game January 9, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is really fun. You have to catch fish and sell them to buy better fishing supplies, while looking for a magic fish. You can even take care of a pet fish. I played for 5 hrs. last night and now my daughter is playing. The more I played the game the more I liked it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Game of Ledgendary Proportions? January 9, 2001
By A Customer
This game is different from all other fishing games, here's why: This is an RPG, not just a fishing game. You fight wild animals and catch fish. Sometimes wild animals will attack you to steal your fish. Other times you have to beat a certain animal to move on. But your main goal is fishing. Your sister is dying, and you need to catch a magical fish that can save her. As you progress you get new fishing equipment to play around with. This is the main mode, but if you get tired of fishing, why don't you raise a fish? This is pretty cool, but gets old kinda quick. Thats why they (the makers) made it so the fish evolve and die depending on how you take care of them.

The Good: Gameplay, fishing tools, RPG style fighting, fighting animals, fishing itself, sprites, raising a fish can be fun.

The Bad: Graphics, weak storyline (excuse to catch all the fish!), losebait every time fish bite, some areas are pretty big (hard to get to that sweet spot), raising fish gets boring fairly quickly.

This is a unique game that is brought to you by the makers of another unique game: Harvest Moon. Altough I recommend it to fishers and RPG fans everywhere, THIS GAME IS NOT FOR EVERYONE! But many do enjoy it, as I do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really cool game October 23, 2001
This game is quite hard to start with. At the beginning you have a small amount of money and you have to learn how to fish properly pretty fast. It took me a while to figure out how to catch the fish and I got a bit annoyed with it after half an hour of playing and still not catching any fish. The booklet helps you a bit but it doesn't give you detailed instructions on how to fish properly. After you've learned how to fish, the game is very enjoyable and it isn't that hard to follow. I really enjoyed playing this, and even if you don't really like fishing in real life, you should still give this game a try.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed review... January 9, 2000
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I really wanted to like this game -- it has a lot of creativity and is a cool premise, in both its halves. I'm not sure it's a success, though. My 9-year-old got it for Christmas, and despite good eye-hand coordination, reasoning skills, AND reading the directions, neither of us can get it to work. There's space to save 2 games so we're both trying it, and neither of us can catch even one fish! Demoralizing. Plus, now my daughter's run out of money to buy bait, so she's not sure she can continue. There seems to be some secret to reeling the fish in, but we haven't caught on (no pun intended). The graphics are very good, and the story seems to progress in a clever way, but it can be a rough go at the start. With luck and perseverence, we may succeed, but it's definitely more involved and not as rewarding initially than Pokemon. I wouldn't recommend it for a child who's not willing to work really hard -- it'd be too easy to give up.
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