Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Review
- Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
- Genre: Arcade
- Released: 11 Dec, 2013
- Size: 391.1 MB
- Price: FREE!
- Aiming and shooting is well calibrated for touchscreen play.
- Offers wide variety of animals to shoot.
- Goals are often linked to specific - and costly - store items.
- The defence minigame isn't enjoyable.
Though the shooting itself is fine, Cabela's Big Game Hunter freemium mechanics are more interested in targeting your wallet that wild game.
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If you've ever tried one of those pro buck hunter games in the arcade, you know how surprisingly enjoyable hunting games can be. They lure us gamers in with the promise of points and the thrill of the chase. And, let's be honest, it can be quite novel to be shooting something other than humans for a change.
Cabela's Big Game Hunter is a hunting sim from Cabela and Activision which provides a wide variety of locales, a host of wild game to shoot, and a decent arsenal of weaponry with which to get the job done.
Each stage plops you down in an area laden with potential trophies, and gives you a time limit to eliminate your target and earn that first star. The second and third stars will be unlocked after each challenge is accomplished.
The animals and challenge you face are surprisingly varied. You use on-screen arrows to move your hunter back and forth. You aim your weapon with one thumb, and use the other to pull the trigger. A lung, heart, or lucky body shot will take down an animal immediately. Sometimes your jittering cross-hair will cause you to miss vital organs and merely wound the creature, meaning you'll have to reload to finish the job.
All of these mechanics work perfectly well. It doesn't take long, however, for the restrictive freemium design to raise its restrictive head. Every stage requires a different level of energy to play through. Often, whole stages and star challenges are tied to certain weapons which must be purchased for a high price. Weapons are purchased and upgraded with two different types of currency, neither of which are easy to earn through play. Too often you'll find yourself feeling the need to visit the store and buy currency to unlock content, leaving you with impression that the game is more interested in emptying your wallet than delivering an entertaining hunting experience.
Though the shooting itself provides some basic gun-based fun, the game is far too stingy with its currency rewards to keep you playing for long. If you're not going to travel into the woods to fulfil your hunting desires, you might want to seek out other virtual alternatives before downloading Cabela's Big Game Hunter.
Description*Fully optimized for iPhone 5S/5C plus iPhone 5/4S, iPad Air/4/3/2/Mini & iPod 5.**
**NOT compatible with iPhone4, iPod Touch 4th Gen, iPhone 3GS**
Activision Publishing, Inc. and Cabela’s®, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® , is now bringing the #1 hunting video game franchise to your mobile device. Cabela’s® Big Game Hunter® lets you hunt the biggest and most dangerous animals on the planet for FREE. Do you have what it takes to become a hunting legend?
FREE TO DOWNLOAD AND FEELS SO REAL!
Download it for free today and have tons of authentic hunting fun with the tap of your finger!
EPIC HUNTING MISSIONS!
Multi-tiered, objective-based missions offer a wide range of hunting experiences, from the heart-pounding survival mode and the thrilling dangerous hunts to the skill-testing timed challenges.
AWESOME, REAL-LIFE LOCALES!
Track down a wide selection of wildlife across a variety of environments, including the vast American Northwest and the frozen North.
PUT THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER ANIMALS IN YOUR CROSSHAIRS!
Hunt over 20 different animals, including grizzly bears, mountain lions, white-tailed deer & more! The animals are lifelike and native to each environment.
WIDE RANGE OF CUSTOMIZABLE FIREARMS AND GEAR!
Mix and match your loadout with rifles, bows, pistols, shotguns, & clothing.
Unlock abilities that will slow down time, increase accuracy and an X-ray mode to help take that perfect shot.
TRACK YOUR SUCCESS!
Leaderboards and the trophy room show off proof of your hunting achievements.
Stay tuned for future game updates with new environments, firearms, animals and gear!
Fully Optimized for:
· iPhone 4S, 5, 5C and 5S
· iPad 2, 3, 4, Air, Mini and Mini Retina
· iPod Touch 5
Not Compatible With:
· iPod Touch 4th Gen
· iPhone 3GS
“Cabela’s and the Cabela’s logo are registered trademarks of Cabela’s, Inc. Game ©2013 Activision Publishing, Inc., ACTIVISION is a registered trademark of Activision Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.”
What's New in Version 1.1.0• Use the new Social Map to track your friends' progress through the game
• Upgrade each weapon in your backpack with the new weapon stat upgrade feature
• Numerous gameplay tweaks and enhancements included!