duck retro huntRetro gaming is proving to be big on Android and there are a plethora of games which emphasize 8 bit graphics and retro game play. Here  is a new app that harkens back to the classic Nintendo Duck Hunt game.

The premise is simple… shoot the ducks! The original 80’s game used a  light gun to shoot the ducks, but this implementation uses either the built-in gyroscope or the touch screen.

The controls do take some getting used to, the touch screen mode is quite difficult to master but not impossible. After a few games I was able to shoot the ducks consistently. However the better method is to use the gyroscope. At first I kept trying to tilt my phone (like in a racing game) to do the targeting, but actually you just need to move it. Playing it on a swivel chair is fun!!!

There is also an augmented reality mode which uses the back of a dollar (or a marker which can be downloaded from InfinityK’s website) to create a 3D representation of the hunting ground on any flat surface. It uses the gyroscope for control and you can get closer and further as well as swing around just by moving your phone.

I must say I have had little success with AR games in the past, but this one is an exception. The lock-on to the marker is quick and the AR adds to the fun. There are however a few little niggles. First the game tends to display a “calibrating screen” message in the middle of the game and this does seem to mess with the controls momentarily. Second there are some permanent adverts in the game (but these can be removed by buying the PRO version which costs just over $1). Also the game isn’t supported on devices without a rear camera, so even if I wanted to play it in the simple mode on my Nexus 7, I can’t!

Why not download the free version and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Gary Sims
Gary has been a tech writer for over a decade and specializes in open source systems. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems.He has many years of experience in system design and development as well as system administration, system security and networking protocols. He also knows several programming languages, as he was previously a software engineer for 10 years.
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