The hunt is on, and there’s some truly big game to hunt down in the latest game from Glu, Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores. The game is fashioned after Deer Hunter 2014, but it foregoes the realistic targets in favor of creatures that are already extinct. You get to hunt velociraptors, stegosauruses, tyrannosauruses, pterodactyls, and more with some powerful weapons to take down these large scale beasts. Deer Hunter fans will be right at home, and there’s potential greater appeal thanks to the fantasy elements in case you’re adverse to shooting virtual deer, and other wildlife.
The game revolves around a series of specific missions to take down certain targets with either time limits, or potential dangers. Once you fire the first shot at some enemies, the remaining dinosaurs will charge right at you to increase the intense challenge. The missions normally don’t even take a minute, and it all comes down to firing upon moving targets with bonuses for hitting particular parts of dinosaurs. Some creatures take multiple hits to bring down, and the one consistency is a fast paced arcade challenge that is made highly accessible. You simply drag your finger to aim, and tap the fire button to shoot with a zoom scope also available.
As you advance through the game, each new mission helps you earn bucks that can then be used to upgrade your weapons. There’s bigger game as you go, and the game always keeps you notified of when an upgrade is needed. Dino Hunter is free to play, and while it does let you play the game for free, there are a few stumbling blocks. The energy meter is on the annoying side, and then there are some weapons that can only be acquired through premium currency. There’s still quite a bit to enjoy for free, and the main game will keep you coming back with such focused, and immersive challenges. The 3D artwork is exquisite for the varying environments and dinosaurs, and there’s quite a lot of detail in the animations. One amusing part of the game is that you’re hunting deadly creatures, and when you take down two of a pack of five, the level just ends, not showing how your hunter escaped from the predicament.
Dino Hunter: Deadly Shores (Free, Universal) offers intense hunting action with big, and deadly game that makes for a worthwhile pick up.