There’s hardly anyone this side of the 70s who hasn’t played Duck Hunt on their 8 bit consoles, be it the NES or the cheap Chinese rip offs we all played in our childhood. We loved hunting down the ducks and we loved the crazy giggling dog even more. Well now you can enjoy all the 8 bit duck hunting right on your phone with developer InfinityK‘s new game Duck Retro Hunt.
Duck Retro Hunt is an ingenious piece of art and employs various functionalities of your phone to give a fresh twist to your nostalgic experience. It can be played using three control settings — Touch controls, Gyro (motion) control and Augmented Reality!
The gameplay is pretty much the same — you point the gun in the direction of the flying ducks and shoot them down as they try to fly away. Your faithful canine companion will always be ready to catch your spoils as they are shot down. His famous giggling as he caught the dead ducks is missing in the game though which is a bit of a disappointment as we all looked forward to it after each successful shot.
You get three shots for each duck after which it will away. If the three shots are not taken in time the duck flies away even if you have shots left and missing 3 ducks in mission will end the game.
There’s a global scoreboard in the game too if you want to compare your duck hunting skills with others round the world. [/info]
One of the Best features of Duck Retro Hunt is the introduction of Augmented Reality in the game. Now you can literally shoot all the ducks that you want right in your room as the AR feature of the game utilizes the phone’s camera to blend the game with the view from the camera giving the feel of shooting down ducks from your camera.
While the idea sounds impressive, the AR functionality is quite buggy though, but it’s expected to be sorted out in the upcoming updates. The AR gets calibrated by pointing to the back of a US Dollar note. Getting one might be a bit of a problem in countries other than the USA, but you can download a printable marker from the official website.
In spite of the buggy AR mode, the game is quite fun when played outdoors giving a natural feel to your duck hunt. The game’s UI i.e., the options menu etc., are not exactly very user friendly but that’s not a very big problem as they don’t really have much to do with the game.
Duck Retro Hunt is a fresh blast from the past and brings all the charming retro fun right in your hands. It is available as a free game on Google Play along with a pro version for an advertisement free duck hunting experience.
Rating: 7.5 / 10
- Exact same look of the original game
- Easy touch controls
- Global Leaderboards
- Augmented Reality functionality is buggy
- Unfriendly User Interface
- Poor Gyroscope Calibration