Ludum Dare 31 — December 5th-8th, 2014 — Theme: Entire Game on One Screen

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Ice Fishing Derby

by dylanwolf - Compo Entry

Ice Fishing Derby is inspired by David Crane's Fishing Derby for the Atari 2600 (where the entire game was played on one screen--there wasn't even a title!) My goal was also to make a retro-style game.

This game is a bit more complicated, however. You're ice fishing, so you have to cut holes in the ice, and you can use bait to attract fish.

Each fish is worth $1 to $3. In addition to being your score, you can use this to buy various types of bait. Each bait has different properties: some attract fish at greater distances, some keep fish interested longer, and some are less likely to be lost once you reel in a fish.

Use the arrow keys to move your fisherman. Press Ctrl to make a hole in the ice.

When over a hole in the ice, press the arrow keys to move your line up and down. Press Ctrl to reel in, hooking any attached fish in the process.

To buy bait, move to the far right side of the screen. Use the up and down arrow keys to select bait, Ctrl to buy, or the left arrow key to leave the shop.

Development: Unity, UnityVS
Graphics: GIMP, Aseprite
Sound: BFXR
Music: PxTone (using included voices)

Fonts: "Press Start", "Return of Ganon", and "Manaspace" by codeman38 (
Fishing info:
Fishing Derby:

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Spacemyname says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 12:45am

Incredible game man!

Spacemyname says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 3:52am

The only thing I would change with this game, is adding more types of fish, possibly rare fish that get you more moneys

Sundry says ...
Dec 8, 2014 @ 6:54pm

Haha really cool ! Nevertheless, If I have to improve something; it's difficult to know if the fishes are currently biting or not. Maybe a little music(jaws:))?

stvr says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:44am

Pretty fun! A great throwback.

digibody says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:45am

Nice, very polished simple.
For the longest time I was fishing without bait and wondering why I was not catching anything. Almost gave up on it until I accidentally moved too far to the right.

FatKarate says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:46am

i agree about the more fish types

uncade says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:46am

It took me a while to figure out that I needed to buy bait, but once I did I really enjoyed it! Fantastic graphics as well. I'd love to see an updated version with more types of fish.

Boracho says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:47am

clever take on the theme! The movements a little cumbersome, but I understand where you're coming from. It's a little unclear at first that you need to buy bait. Maybe some cheap freebee bait at the start would've helped. The clues that the fish is hooked isn't immediately intuitive but I got the hang of it quick. would play again, good job!

Dec 9, 2014 @ 4:51am

Nice job referencing that retro style. I love the old school sound effects, especially when you reel in. T'was lots of fun.

Taldius says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:00am

Really polished game! It's also nice and simple, I enjoyed playing it, great job. :D

C63Industries says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 7:43am

It's a fun little game. The minnow bait is OP. I think I caught 5 fish at once with it.

recursor says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 5:59pm

It would be cool to see more fish types, rod types, etc. Heck, you could really pack this game out with some more fun stuff, but then that requires more than just 48 hours. Nicely done

mrexcessive says ...
Dec 9, 2014 @ 6:12pm

Hi there. Like the game, nice retro feel. At last a generous fishing game... I caught quite a bit, like the sounds as well as pixels. Good job!

vinull says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 12:19am

Really nice game - good art and nice gameplay. The music works, but would have loved another hipster acoustic guitar riff - perfect for the long nights ice fisihing!

thopis says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 3:09am

Very cool and fun!Great job!

xhunterko says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:27am

Heh, okay this was great! ^^

LTyrosine says ...
Dec 12, 2014 @ 10:49am

Simple and fun! Cool retro graphics and sounds. Some feedback on fish that caught bait would be nice.

Dec 12, 2014 @ 8:17pm

This was super neat. Well done!

InToGames says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 5:02pm

I was attracted to this by the gfx - nice retro style! Like a few others I didn't notice the bait thing at first so maybe something as simple as a flashing arrow over the bait-house for when the player fishes without any?

Good stuff!

Mechatodzilla says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 10:59pm

This is in my top 3 for this LD. It's incredible what was completed in a weekend here.

Almax27 says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 11:01pm

I really liked the overall style of this game, and it's quite relaxing to play, great work!

jachepe says ...
Dec 24, 2014 @ 8:39am

Cool concept and graphics! Funny game :D

Dec 24, 2014 @ 9:21am

I really like your use of the theme for this game! The retro graphics and audio worked nicely, and I felt the gameplay meshed well with that!

A few minor things to potentially fix, when you reset your game the bait doesn't dissapear from the little window, and it's a bit too easy to accidentally buy doughballs at the bait shop.

Apart from that, this game was really cool!

TyrusPeace says ...
Dec 24, 2014 @ 4:29pm

Exceedingly pleasant! Nice graphics and happy, enjoyable music.

Empyrealhell says ...
Dec 26, 2014 @ 9:40am

This was a decent little arcade game. You took a lot of inspiration from the 80s arcades on this one, but I think you may have taken a bit too much. Much like those old arcade games, the gameplay was very flat and uninteresting. It was just a matter of pressing up and down, there wasn't really any conflict or tension driving the gameplay. It's a good start to something, and I could see this mechanic working in a game like mother load where your goal is to fish up a whale or something. As it is right now, it's not bad, it just feels like an unfinished thought.

Shivur says ...
Dec 26, 2014 @ 5:12pm

Very good game!

Valeour says ...
Dec 26, 2014 @ 5:12pm

Great, loved everything about it. Amazing job. :)

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