Big Buck Hunter Pro Review
- Publisher: Merge Interactive, Incorporated
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 29 Oct, 2009
- Size: 138.3 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Great looking 3D visuals; on par with arcade version.
- Players are able to use their iPod during gameplay, but must turn the game sound off to stop overlapping soundtracks.
- Two main game options and three mini-games to play through.
- Only three environments to choose from.
- Only one type of trophy animal to hunt – Deer.
- Tapping controls aren’t the most involved controls for a hunting game.
Die hard fans of the arcade series may enjoy what’s on offer but if you’re looking for a more realistic and varied hunting game, you might want to look somewhere else.
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Celebrating the well known gameplay of the arcade franchise, Big Buck Hunter Pro is the latest deer hunting addition to the iTunes store. Like the arcade version, players will embark on a trek through the wilderness to hunt deer for trophies. Unlike the arcade version however, there are some changes to the core gameplay to accommodate for the iPhone interface.
Players now shoot deer and reload their gun by tapping on the iPhone screen. There are no reticles or scopes of any kind so players will have to tap, and tap fast to kill all three bucks in each level. This control scheme works but doesn’t quite fit into the hunting gameplay; you’ll seem to be tapping madly more than calculating shots.
Visually, the game is on par with its arcade counterpart and looks great. The sound is also well done and players are free to use their iPod to create a custom soundtrack for your hunt. The game offers one main hunting mode - with short and long trip options, three mini games and online leaderboard access.
While it works well as an arcade game, Big Buck Hunter Pro doesn’t translate that well onto the iPhone. The control scheme doesn’t match the gameplay and there are limits in the hunting itself; such as the levels and only deer to hunt. It’s still a solid game but might be reserved for fans of the arcade series as there are some better, more rounded hunting games available for the iPhone.
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No confusing navigation controls or disorienting scope work. Just intuitive arcade fun with the replayability you have come to expect from Big Buck Hunter Pro.
* "Macworld iPod Touch & iPhone App Review Essential Collections" 4 Mice (out of 5) "The graphics and realistic depictions of the animals are outstanding." - Curt Poff, Macworld.com
* "The gameplay for Big Buck Hunter is excellent. The graphics for each location are exactly like you would expect, and you can tell the developers put a lot of time into making the game look great. Audio, too. I would definitely recommend this game to anyone wanting a good deer hunting game." - Josh Holat – Appletell
* "I recommend this game to every hunter with an iPod touch or iPhone to buy this game." Kevin Paulson, Huntinglife.com
* ”From a gameplay and presentation perspective, the developers have done an excellent job, as the game looks spot-on with the full-sized counterpart.” – Russ Frushtick – MTV Multiplayer
* "it’s all done with a great deal of style and panache – even down to the authentic voiceover from a ‘hunter’ " - IntoMobile
Simple concept, challenging execution: shoot the three biggest whitetail bucks you can find (per site) without hitting any does. But be careful -- innocent does and crafty critters will try to distract your keen hunter’s eye at every step. With a combination of kill distance, impact location (where you hit the deer), and number of shots for the kill, a skilled hunter can achieve Big Buck Hunter glory with higher scores to flaunt on the networked leaderboards.
Big Buck Hunter Pro also features integration into the BBHP arcade network allowing players to track their own personal Arcade Leaderboards and Hunting Party statistics right from their iPhone or iPod touch.
Expand your hunting experience by purchasing additional adventures including Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Antelope, and Caribou!
Addictive touch-to-shoot game across 3 stunning 3D hunting destinations to bag that trophy buck.
3 bonus games: Frog Flippin’, Duck Hunt, and Gopher Garden are available for a fun break from the buck hunting action.
Built-in BBHP Arcade Game Finder with iPhone Location Services to find the nearest networked BBHP arcade unit.
Networked iPhone leaderboards where players compete for braggin’ rights.
Full arcade network integration that allows players to track personal Arcade Leaderboard and Hunting Party standings right from their iPhone or iPod touch
Big Buck Hunter arcade account management and registration
5 Additional adventures available for in-app purchase.
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