Duck Hunt Review
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Publisher: Nintendo | Developer: Nintendo | Released: 1984
Also available on: Arcade (Playchoice-10), Nintendo VS System
Duck Hunt: Gotta Zap 'em All
Duck Hunt is a popular shooting game for the NES/Famicom, released in 1984 along with the Zapper Gun, if you wish to play this game today, you will need an old CRT TV to play, as the Zapper is not compatible with modern displays.
It comes with 3 games modes, Game A and Game B where the targets are ducks in a woodland area, Game C features clay pigeons, launched from the players perspective into the distance.
Beam Gun: Duck Hunt
Based on a 1976 electronic toy version titled Beam Gun: Duck Hunt, part of the Beam Gun series. The toy version was designed by Gunpei Yokoi and Masayuki Uemura for Nintendo. Nintendo Research & Development 1 developed both Duck Hunt for the NES and the NES Zapper. The game was supervised by Takehiro Izushi, and was produced by Gunpei Yokoi. The music was composed by Hirokazu Tanaka, who did music for several other Nintendo games at the time.
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I think Duck Hunt is definitely a game of it’s time, if you still have a CRT television (which is a must!), it’s certainly worth a go if you can get it cheap. The 3 modes are a little repetitive and limited by modern standards though. But still overall and fun game to play.
Duck Hunt was a hugely exciting game in it’s day, when you think of 1984, this game was truly ahead of it’s time. By modern standards, it’s a fairly limited and repetitive affair with it’s 3 modes, but still a lot of fun!
If you happen to have a CRT television, this game is worth a play.
Tips and cheats
There are a few sly cheats to beat Duck Hunt, which I will list below, but in all honesty, it takes the fun out of it!
Adjust the brightness controls on your TV set. If you get it to the right setting you will always hit the duck if you aim at the screen and fire!
Perfect shots (method 2):
To always hit the duck, place a magnifying glass in front of the gun and hold the gun a couple feet back from the tv and fire whenever you see a duck and you’ll always hit it. Aiming directly through the center of the magnifying glass and to the center of the tv works the best. Make take a few times to get right. I used a fairly powerful magnifying glass.
For an easy shot in any mode, press START then unpause and the screen will freeze temporarily for about a second giving you enough time to aim.
Control the ducks:
For a greater challenge, have a second player use controller two to control the ducks. This works only when one duck is on the screen.