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Games for the weekend: Deer Hunter Reloaded

Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac, iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome. Here is one cool enough to keep you busy during this weekend.

Deer Hunter ReloadedDeer Hunter Reloaded (Free Universal, Free Mac) is a first-person, sharp shooting, simulation game that places you on the hunt for big game. As hunting season picks up around the country, this game can be handy when bringing home a trophy catch was not in the cards.

The game starts off right away in the middle of a hunt.  You find yourself holding a weapon ready to take down your first score.  To control your firearm, you use the left side of the screen to drag your finger around to aim. Once you have the target in your sights, you use the fire button on the right hand side of the screen. The game employs a built-in wobble effect that makes aiming realistic and more challenging when your target is further away. You can use a scope mounted to your firearm. The magnification is adjustable depending on what type of scope you are using. To position your shot a little better, you can shuffle the hunter to the right and to the left. This helps move out from behind obstructions that can get in the way of your shot. There are also on-screen controls to switch and reload weapons, as well as toggle between normal sight, magnified scope, night vision and X-ray viewing modes.

Deer Hunter Reloaded

In the games mission mode, you are presented with ever-increasing challenges. Shoot more animals within a specified time period, kill certain animals by taking them down with a certain type of shot, and even bring down larger animals with a single shot.  Larger animals will require multiple shots or a more powerful weapon. Missions are spread out across different types of terrain and times of day.  The terrain will separate you from the animals by introducing obstacles like brush, trees and large boulders. For night missions, you will employ infrared goggles. On occasion, there will  even be a big game challenge mixed into the missions where certain hard-to-catch animals will be spotted.  At the end of each mission you are awarded a cash prize, and if you happen to score the animal posted in the big game challenge, the cash reward will be even higher.

Deer Hunter Reloaded

There is also stampede mode that will prove to be a bit more of a speed challenge. This mode can help your skill in certain missions when multiple shots are required.  Unlike missions where animals will attack you when they get angry, the stampede will not attack. The other important difference with stampede mode is that it does not take any energy on the part of the hunter like the mission mode does. Each mission requires a certain amount of energy before you can start, and you can either purchase additional energy in the store, or allow your energy to increase naturally over time. You can also increase you energy by advancing a level with the experience you gain from playing in stampede mode.  If you happen to be playing when one of your GameCenter friends are playing, you will be be placed in a sort of competition mode where your scores will be compared to one another as you advance thorough each progressive level of the stampede.

Deer Hunter Reloaded

You are in charge of equipping yourself.  Hunting gear is not cheap. Each weapon has its own specs and can be specialized through upgrades.  There are some unique items for sale in the store that can help enhance gameplay as well. For example, you can purchase a mating call utility that will help bring the game to you.

Overall the game’s 3D graphics and realistic sound effects make this an authentic hunting simulation game.  The missions are challenging and the implementation of an X-ray mode helps teach you where to shoot for each type of animal you are hunting.  If you find that you just cannot make it outdoors this hunting season, this game can at least bring a simulated hunt indoors.

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