Hunting Unlimited 2010 Review

If you just went by the stat sheet, Hunting Unlimited 2010 would be a sure shot, right between the eyes. With hunting available in all 50 states, there should be plenty of variety to keep you blasting away for ages. In reality though, this shooter is a bit limited.

The main thing holding back Hunting Unlimited 2010 is the aiming mechanism. Simply put, it is far too simple to keep you interested for long. Basically, you swipe a finger to move the cursor onto an animal, at which point it will lock on. Then you zoom in the view to aiming mode.

Unfortunately, you can’t actually aim in aiming mode. The game will move the cursor unsteadily around the screen, and it’s your job to tap at the right moment to hit the animal, preferably in the lungs or heart. This is fun for a while, but it can be frustrating having no control of the cursor in these situations.

Good night, elk.

It would be nice if the game supported multitouch, and you were able to have some control over the wildly moving cursor as you shot. While you can fine-tune the aim a bit before you shoot, the game can only recognize one finger at a time, and refuses to fire until you’ve lifted your finger and stopped aiming. This forces you to rely on the auto aim to keep moving animals in your sights, and not only is that less fun, it’s less accurate.

You’ll have four different weapons to shoot with, all available after some quick target practice to earn a license. The rifle is the easiest to use, and the shotgun probably the most difficult because it seems to have trouble taking down animals at medium and long distances. A bow and crossbow are also available, and you’ll have to compensate for distance with these weapons.

Having 50 states to hunt in is a nice touch, but completely unnecessary. In practice, the states are all quite a bit alike, and the game only offers four basic animal types to hunt: deer, elk, moose and wild boar. If you’re lucky, you’ll occasionally see legendary animals, which are larger and net more points.

Huntin’ on the frozen tundra.

Points can be spent in the Pro Shop to buy steadier aim for weapons, additional ammo, camouflage and scent sprays that make the animals less likely to get spooked. These upgrades are all nice additions but don’t do much to change the basic gameplay.

Visually, the graphics here aren’t anything terribly impressive, but they get the job done. The sound is your basic gunfire and reloading, though the crackling fireplace and country-time music on the main menu is a nice touch and adds to the hunting lodge atmosphere.

This is a simple game, and really it boils down to tapping the screen when the cursor moves to the correct spot on the animal. We wish that there was more aiming involved in a hunting game, but if you crave some simple game-shooting action this isn’t a bad choice. Just don’t expect anything with a lot of depth.

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