IMG_0921Last weekend was the Big Buck Hunter Pro world championship held in Chicago, IL and aside from thousands of dollars of prize money that was given away, they were also giving people the first look at the upcoming iPhone game.

The iPhone version is based on the series of Big Buck Hunter arcade machines which originally debuted all the way back in 2001. Since then, there have been several spin-off machines that have you hunting things like big horn sheep, elk, and even antelope. The arcade game is played using a shotgun aimed at the screen to shoot whatever it is you're hunting and often can be found at bars right next to the Golden Tee machine.

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The iPhone, obviously lacking any light gun accessories uses your fingers to do the shooting. This mobile version of the game plays remarkably similar to the arcade machine, although quite a bit of the allure of Big Buck Hunter has always been playing it while you're out drinking with friends and there isn't much the iPhone can do the emulate that.

In the following video I go over all the functionality of the game including shooting deer, the bonus stages, online leaderboards, and even the ability to use your GPS coordinates to find the nearest arcade machine:


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Big Buck Hunter has an absolutely massive following, and it's great to see an iPhone port of the game that is actually fairly representative of the original instead of a quick cash-in on the series. Big Buck Hunter Pro is expected to be available soon, and while no price has been announced yet, I'm sure the iPhone game will be much cheaper than a single night of pumping quarters in to a real Big Buck Hunter machine.

  • Dimitris

    Why would anyone want to play this game??
    This is definitely my cup of tea!!
    And it probably took a week to program it???

  • Dimitris

    Why would anyone want to play this game??
    This is definitely my cup of tea!!
    And it probably took a week to program it???

  • thissucks

    what is this about?

    ................ahhhhh sorry another crap game.

    • thissucks

      o i forgot.. an "exlusive" crap game. aka medicore

  • thissucks

    what is this about?

    ................ahhhhh sorry another crap game.

    • thissucks

      o i forgot.. an "exlusive" crap game. aka medicore

  • drone9

    another dud

    • http://www.monicadickey.com Monica Dickey

      yeah I kind of thought the whole fun factor of this game was the plastic rifle... This sounds like you essentially poke deer on a screen. Duuumb.

  • drone9

    another dud

    • http://www.monicadickey.com Monica Dickey

      yeah I kind of thought the whole fun factor of this game was the plastic rifle... This sounds like you essentially poke deer on a screen. Duuumb.

  • Johnny

    as i'm not seeing myself playing this kind of game...

    i belive it should be offered free to those who shoot animals for fun in the wild. as part of healing process, therapy.

    • DoucheBag

      Right, because hunting is much less humaine then the slaughtering of the cows and chicken you buy from your local grocery store.

      • Johnny

        it is one thing to kill one animal for fun, for the thrills and another for food

        people shouldn't grow chickens and eat them because beeing vegetarian is the only way to be you say?!

  • Johnny

    as i'm not seeing myself playing this kind of game...

    i belive it should be offered free to those who shoot animals for fun in the wild. as part of healing process, therapy.

    • DoucheBag

      Right, because hunting is much less humaine then the slaughtering of the cows and chicken you buy from your local grocery store.

      • Johnny

        it is one thing to kill one animal for fun, for the thrills and another for food

        people shouldn't grow chickens and eat them because beeing vegetarian is the only way to be you say?!

  • R. J. Hanson

    Such a wonderful concept!

    Kill the peaceful diversity of creatures of the world for "fun"...
    We still treat animals bread for food terrible, but at least we actually eat them, giving the horror some kind of purpose...

    But to blast forest animal by forest animal for "fun" and then claiming it being "In touch with nature"? Its a total moral collapse! It you shoot it, you better eat it! At least then hunters have an excuse other than the fact, that they crave the feeling of killing...

    And yes, I love meat, but cant find the thrill in pointless re-assurance of my primitive male ego by killing defenseless wildlife!

    • so...

      its always funny everytime a hunting game appears on touch arcade, this debate rages

      just to play devils advocate to all the protesting
      i suppose you have never seen an overpopulation problem, where the deer have no natural predators, have over populated, and are starving, its actually pretty sad. I would much rather have a tag system, like how the hunting licenses work, to control the population so that they don't over populate and kill themselves slowly

      • Johnny

        nature has his balance, trust me..

        when the deer sees overpopulation is because, wolfs, bears and other animal who take care of the balance are dead, why? because humans want trophies.

        hate those bastards who display on the wall heads of dead wild animals. i wish to them someone, one day, will hunt them and put their heads on the wall, next to the dead animal. the human deserves to be a trophy, the animal doesn't.

        you could go kill rats, those for sure see overpopulation, even though usually in human areas because of the low hygienic envirionment..

      • TKO

        Johnny, try to put forth some valid arguments. There are plenty of places in the world where man has introduced a foreign species and totally upset the ecological balance. Here in New Zealand, introduced species have run rampant. Sure, we could let 'nature have its balance' *cough* *cough* ignorant crap *cough* ..many of our indigenous species would be driven to extinction, that's all.

        So, we go out and we shoot, trap, and otherwise kill these species. We use the fur, use the meat. It's a great system. A good fix for things we've screwed up. ..and, if one wants to use the "animals we grow for food" argument: the animals we grow ourselves we keep in *appalling*, cramped, cruel conditions. (Pigs and chickens especially.) Whereas these deer/etc are "free range." Ever consider that might be better?

        PS: I'm vegetarian. I hope that screws up whatever judgment you might have put on me already. :p

        PPS: This is a game, unrelated to the real world. Why does this crap even come up here? It's a *game*. I only care about if it's fun.

    • arn

      and don't forget about all the innocent contractors working on the Death Star when it gets blown up by the Rebel forces.

      arn

      • spiffyone

        If it's any comfort, arn, behind the scenes more than half of them were killed by Vader when the coffee he ordered black was given to him with cream.

    • Lamar Taylor

      It's just a game. You have the right not to buy it. There is no need to make this into something bigger than it really is.

      By the way...have you seen the video? This game sucks and won't be popular.

  • R. J. Hanson

    Such a wonderful concept!

    Kill the peaceful diversity of creatures of the world for "fun"...
    We still treat animals bread for food terrible, but at least we actually eat them, giving the horror some kind of purpose...

    But to blast forest animal by forest animal for "fun" and then claiming it being "In touch with nature"? Its a total moral collapse! It you shoot it, you better eat it! At least then hunters have an excuse other than the fact, that they crave the feeling of killing...

    And yes, I love meat, but cant find the thrill in pointless re-assurance of my primitive male ego by killing defenseless wildlife!

    • so...

      its always funny everytime a hunting game appears on touch arcade, this debate rages

      just to play devils advocate to all the protesting
      i suppose you have never seen an overpopulation problem, where the deer have no natural predators, have over populated, and are starving, its actually pretty sad. I would much rather have a tag system, like how the hunting licenses work, to control the population so that they don't over populate and kill themselves slowly

      • Johnny

        nature has his balance, trust me..

        when the deer sees overpopulation is because, wolfs, bears and other animal who take care of the balance are dead, why? because humans want trophies.

        hate those bastards who display on the wall heads of dead wild animals. i wish to them someone, one day, will hunt them and put their heads on the wall, next to the dead animal. the human deserves to be a trophy, the animal doesn't.

        you could go kill rats, those for sure see overpopulation, even though usually in human areas because of the low hygienic envirionment..

      • TKO

        Johnny, try to put forth some valid arguments. There are plenty of places in the world where man has introduced a foreign species and totally upset the ecological balance. Here in New Zealand, introduced species have run rampant. Sure, we could let 'nature have its balance' *cough* *cough* ignorant crap *cough* ..many of our indigenous species would be driven to extinction, that's all.

        So, we go out and we shoot, trap, and otherwise kill these species. We use the fur, use the meat. It's a great system. A good fix for things we've screwed up. ..and, if one wants to use the "animals we grow for food" argument: the animals we grow ourselves we keep in *appalling*, cramped, cruel conditions. (Pigs and chickens especially.) Whereas these deer/etc are "free range." Ever consider that might be better?

        PS: I'm vegetarian. I hope that screws up whatever judgment you might have put on me already. :p

        PPS: This is a game, unrelated to the real world. Why does this crap even come up here? It's a *game*. I only care about if it's fun.

    • arn

      and don't forget about all the innocent contractors working on the Death Star when it gets blown up by the Rebel forces.

      arn

      • spiffyone

        If it's any comfort, arn, behind the scenes more than half of them were killed by Vader when the coffee he ordered black was given to him with cream.

  • Freep

    I'll buy this the minute it hits the App Store. As the article mentions, there's a HUGE following for Big Buck Hunter out there and having played the arcade version this looks to be almost exactly the same on the iPhone.

    For those of you animal protectionists complaining about killing, come drive through my neck of the woods where there are more deer strikes than ever due to overpopulation. And I live in a suburban area and not strictly rural.

    This game should do well.

  • Freep

    I'll buy this the minute it hits the App Store. As the article mentions, there's a HUGE following for Big Buck Hunter out there and having played the arcade version this looks to be almost exactly the same on the iPhone.

    For those of you animal protectionists complaining about killing, come drive through my neck of the woods where there are more deer strikes than ever due to overpopulation. And I live in a suburban area and not strictly rural.

    This game should do well.

  • Steve

    what a crap...
    Peeps buying that game for sure have a mental problem :D

  • Steve

    what a crap...
    Peeps buying that game for sure have a mental problem :D

  • J-Pa

    You people need to get off your high horse, you sound like a bunch of jackasses. You are complaining that a hunting game involves hunting as if killing deer on the iPhone somehow kills one in real life. Get over yourselves.

  • J-Pa

    You people need to get off your high horse, you sound like a bunch of jackasses. You are complaining that a hunting game involves hunting as if killing deer on the iPhone somehow kills one in real life. Get over yourselves.

  • J-Pa

    Side note, the game looks great.

  • J-Pa

    Side note, the game looks great.

  • Tango

    What the crap? You guys all work for PETA or something? It's a game. It's not like proceeds to go the slaughtering of deer, elk, and woolly mammoths. Do you think, 5% of the money you used to buy GTA IV or Modern Warfare goes to the killing of people? Gee, that'd be stupid! It's a game. It's for fun.

    If you want to fight for a cause, go fight for something else... like parents floating their children in the air by way of balloon. For publicity. Or something else that matters.

  • Tango

    What the crap? You guys all work for PETA or something? It's a game. It's not like proceeds to go the slaughtering of deer, elk, and woolly mammoths. Do you think, 5% of the money you used to buy GTA IV or Modern Warfare goes to the killing of people? Gee, that'd be stupid! It's a game. It's for fun.

    If you want to fight for a cause, go fight for something else... like parents floating their children in the air by way of balloon. For publicity. Or something else that matters.

  • Anonymous Cow

    I won't play this game for the same reason I won't play Golf or Surgery games. I just don't find any of them exciting, enjoyable, fun or even half-way pleasant in real-life. I certainly am not going to bother playing it virtually.

    As for the ethical implications, I don't see why that means they shouldn't publish the game. While I partly wouldn't hunt because I don't want to hurt an animal (in my opinion needlessly), I also wouldn't kill humans either, and much more strongly.

    However, I don't see anyone (at least on this site) complaining about the games that show real/semi-real or even fantastic simulations of death and murder. So similarly, while I agree with you all that we shouldn't hunt let the people that want to play this game play it, and then they will let you (and probably even join you) play the games you want to play.

    That is to say, let's all just take a chill pill and relax.

  • Anonymous Cow

    I won't play this game for the same reason I won't play Golf or Surgery games. I just don't find any of them exciting, enjoyable, fun or even half-way pleasant in real-life. I certainly am not going to bother playing it virtually.

    As for the ethical implications, I don't see why that means they shouldn't publish the game. While I partly wouldn't hunt because I don't want to hurt an animal (in my opinion needlessly), I also wouldn't kill humans either, and much more strongly.

    However, I don't see anyone (at least on this site) complaining about the games that show real/semi-real or even fantastic simulations of death and murder. So similarly, while I agree with you all that we shouldn't hunt let the people that want to play this game play it, and then they will let you (and probably even join you) play the games you want to play.

    That is to say, let's all just take a chill pill and relax.

  • spiffyone

    For all those going about hunting:

    If anything, you should see the good side of such games. They help satisfy the desire to hunt without one actual real life flesh-and-blood animal being killed.

    :)

  • spiffyone

    For all those going about hunting:

    If anything, you should see the good side of such games. They help satisfy the desire to hunt without one actual real life flesh-and-blood animal being killed.

    :)

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    I prefer killing virtual people :)

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    I prefer killing virtual people :)

  • cubestar

    I'm of several minds on the topic.

    1. Virtual hunting, where animals practically jump at your screen may prove to be far more eventful and exciting (if not more palatable) than actually hiding in your blind with your $2k of hunting gear, wearing camo and killing baited animals with your para military boom stick for fun. (probably at the very spot where you fed them the rest of the year)

    2. Would Apple (or you) approve a graphic rape simulator?

    3. Seriously, this is lame, why would I want to play this any more than any other virtual hill billy game? (Except that bear driving game )

    4. Steve Jobs is again' it :-P

    And please, drop the ethical hunter arguments (I'm saving animals by keeping their population in check). Like you care!

  • cubestar

    I'm of several minds on the topic.

    1. Virtual hunting, where animals practically jump at your screen may prove to be far more eventful and exciting (if not more palatable) than actually hiding in your blind with your $2k of hunting gear, wearing camo and killing baited animals with your para military boom stick for fun. (probably at the very spot where you fed them the rest of the year)

    2. Would Apple (or you) approve a graphic rape simulator?

    3. Seriously, this is lame, why would I want to play this any more than any other virtual hill billy game? (Except that bear driving game )

    4. Steve Jobs is again' it :-P

    And please, drop the ethical hunter arguments (I'm saving animals by keeping their population in check). Like you care!

  • DoucheBag

    IT'S A VIDEO GAME. NO REAL PIXELS ARE ACTUALLY HARMED WHILE PLAYING THIS GAME.

  • DoucheBag

    IT'S A VIDEO GAME. NO REAL PIXELS ARE ACTUALLY HARMED WHILE PLAYING THIS GAME.

  • http://minutegaming.com Justin

    Seriously, anyone who thinks this game is offensive because of hunting really needs to leave.

    The game itself doesn't look extremely interesting and I wish there was a different way to "hunt". Why not make a moving crosshair when you tilt the screen and you have to "balance" it to target the creature, I guess shooting would be a little tougher.

  • http://minutegaming.com Justin

    Seriously, anyone who thinks this game is offensive because of hunting really needs to leave.

    The game itself doesn't look extremely interesting and I wish there was a different way to "hunt". Why not make a moving crosshair when you tilt the screen and you have to "balance" it to target the creature, I guess shooting would be a little tougher.

  • Carl

    Wow, there are a lot of idiots on here complaining about a virtual deer hunting game...

  • Carl

    Wow, there are a lot of idiots on here complaining about a virtual deer hunting game...

  • TKO

    So anyway .. now that most of the stupid complaining has died down: I don't think they've got the shooting mechanic right. Tapping on the screen to shoot at that point just doesn't seem at all challenging.. or fun. I would much prefer a tilt-to-aim mechanic. Shouldn't be too tricky to add as an option (though game-balance might be a trickier matter.)

    Time Crisis tried this same method for shooting .. totally sucked IMHO. (Which annoyed me, coz I would have been totally into it with a tilt-crosshair.)

    • menom

      it hasn't died down

  • TKO

    So anyway .. now that most of the stupid complaining has died down: I don't think they've got the shooting mechanic right. Tapping on the screen to shoot at that point just doesn't seem at all challenging.. or fun. I would much prefer a tilt-to-aim mechanic. Shouldn't be too tricky to add as an option (though game-balance might be a trickier matter.)

    Time Crisis tried this same method for shooting .. totally sucked IMHO. (Which annoyed me, coz I would have been totally into it with a tilt-crosshair.)

    • menom

      it hasn't died down

  • menom

    @ Carl

    whereas you're just an idiot saying nothing in particular - congrats

    it's true that a game is just pixels but they still have a resonance because they can encourage or underscore an attitude

    Spiffyone suggest that this game should be seen as positive because it sates hunters' desire' to kill without causing actual death - I can see what spiffy means but the logical extension of that would result in ...

    ...an argument in favour of a rape app to reduce the number of real world rapes?

    would all the people here be supportive of a game where the objective was to rape a woman?

    No! Of course not - but why does the 'It's only pixels' mantra no longer work?

    The danger of these apps is to encourage a view of life that everything living is just a potential target for you to kill

    Killing aliens and monsters is one thing, but when a developer makes a serious effort to make it seem like you really are killing a sentient being, that when I opt out and think that it's a bit sick

  • menom

    @ Carl

    whereas you're just an idiot saying nothing in particular - congrats

    it's true that a game is just pixels but they still have a resonance because they can encourage or underscore an attitude

    Spiffyone suggest that this game should be seen as positive because it sates hunters' desire' to kill without causing actual death - I can see what spiffy means but the logical extension of that would result in ...

    ...an argument in favour of a rape app to reduce the number of real world rapes?

    would all the people here be supportive of a game where the objective was to rape a woman?

    No! Of course not - but why does the 'It's only pixels' mantra no longer work?

    The danger of these apps is to encourage a view of life that everything living is just a potential target for you to kill

    Killing aliens and monsters is one thing, but when a developer makes a serious effort to make it seem like you really are killing a sentient being, that when I opt out and think that it's a bit sick

  • mardas pye

    You'd have to be an idiot to play this game. Unfortunately there are plenty of them around so it may do well.

  • mardas pye

    You'd have to be an idiot to play this game. Unfortunately there are plenty of them around so it may do well.

  • mardas pye

    Nothing to do with the hunting debate btw, these kinds of games are just absolutely lame (and frankly not worth reporting on).

  • mardas pye

    Nothing to do with the hunting debate btw, these kinds of games are just absolutely lame (and frankly not worth reporting on).

  • Carl

    @menom

    No, it's different than rape. You kill Deer for meat, not for fun. It's illegal to shoot just to shoot... at least it is here in Canada. So there is no point in getting outraged, I don't see this type of backlash on games where you shoot people... so your argument about rape games is a fallacy because then people should be complaining about shooting games as well (which I don't see on this website).

    • bocephus

      yep, people rape for fun but hunt for meat and eatin

  • Carl

    @menom

    No, it's different than rape. You kill Deer for meat, not for fun. It's illegal to shoot just to shoot... at least it is here in Canada. So there is no point in getting outraged, I don't see this type of backlash on games where you shoot people... so your argument about rape games is a fallacy because then people should be complaining about shooting games as well (which I don't see on this website).

    • bocephus

      yep, people rape for fun but hunt for meat and eatin

  • AAA

    So, where's the backlash towards Lion's Pride? After all you're playing a bloodthirsty lion killing dozens of zebras and hippos.

    Hunting is a part of nature, and it's only been in the last century or so that we've become so far removed from where our food comes from that we'd look at it with disgust. To all who complain, unless you're a strict non-leather wearing vegan you have no basis to pass judgement. The sport itself is very regulated in most countries to maintain the balance of hunted species and for the most part hunters will eat what they kill. It's also a lot better life for the hunted animals to be wild in their habitat instead of grown in a cage not much larger than they are.

    I don't care for this kind of game either, and I'm not interested in hunting in real life, but I'm not going to say anyone is wrong for doing it. I also don't really see the point of reviewing the game on TA since it's really not marketed towards the average TA reader, most people who buy these games don't really play other games at all.

  • AAA

    So, where's the backlash towards Lion's Pride? After all you're playing a bloodthirsty lion killing dozens of zebras and hippos.

    Hunting is a part of nature, and it's only been in the last century or so that we've become so far removed from where our food comes from that we'd look at it with disgust. To all who complain, unless you're a strict non-leather wearing vegan you have no basis to pass judgement. The sport itself is very regulated in most countries to maintain the balance of hunted species and for the most part hunters will eat what they kill. It's also a lot better life for the hunted animals to be wild in their habitat instead of grown in a cage not much larger than they are.

    I don't care for this kind of game either, and I'm not interested in hunting in real life, but I'm not going to say anyone is wrong for doing it. I also don't really see the point of reviewing the game on TA since it's really not marketed towards the average TA reader, most people who buy these games don't really play other games at all.

  • Random

    Am I the only one who finds it ironic that a game with no depth to speak of was made by a company called 'Game Mechanix'? :P

  • Random

    Am I the only one who finds it ironic that a game with no depth to speak of was made by a company called 'Game Mechanix'? :P

  • TKO

    @menom {shrugs} When I kill something in a game I generally like it to appear to be as alive and sentient as possible. I prefer a reasonably realistic blood splatter, and I love for the ragdoll physics to make be believe that what just fell was a real being.

    I think if someone takes a "view of life that everything living is just a potential target for you to kill" ..well, they had problems before they discovered this game.

    ...and I still want a crosshair that's tilt-controlled. There's more gaming skill required to getting a good kill with that IMHO. :D

  • TKO

    @menom {shrugs} When I kill something in a game I generally like it to appear to be as alive and sentient as possible. I prefer a reasonably realistic blood splatter, and I love for the ragdoll physics to make be believe that what just fell was a real being.

    I think if someone takes a "view of life that everything living is just a potential target for you to kill" ..well, they had problems before they discovered this game.

    ...and I still want a crosshair that's tilt-controlled. There's more gaming skill required to getting a good kill with that IMHO. :D

  • BarBelle

    those mini-games look like fun :) i don't like hunting, but this might be a really good reaction time game for iphone. definitely better than sheep launcher! lol

  • BarBelle

    those mini-games look like fun :) i don't like hunting, but this might be a really good reaction time game for iphone. definitely better than sheep launcher! lol

  • smd

    Its just that i dont like innocent animals get killed
    for fun, even in à game it doesnt feel right, it's just
    a feeling that is there.

  • smd

    Its just that i dont like innocent animals get killed
    for fun, even in à game it doesnt feel right, it's just
    a feeling that is there.

  • bocephus

    Killin pretend animals is fun. I cann park my truck on the curb and i like beans

  • bocephus

    Killin pretend animals is fun. I cann park my truck on the curb and i like beans

  • iPhoneGamer

    This game is "wrong" but Wolfenstein is "OK" because you shoot Nazi's instead of deer?

  • iPhoneGamer

    This game is "wrong" but Wolfenstein is "OK" because you shoot Nazi's instead of deer?

  • aliberalPETAmember

    I cant believe the crud I read here from a bunch of tree hugging, liberal, control freak, PETA, save the world from Global Warming Democrats. Go to your happy place and leave the real men alone. How's your 'hope and change' working out? If unemployment continues to rise, you'll wish you knew how to hunt to feed yourself...

    PETA: People for the Eating of Tasty Animals

    • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

      Hey wingnut, remember what got us here in the first place. 8 years of a right wing, gun lovin' born again idiot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicolas.grignon Nicolas Grignon

      Real men? you mean cowards with a gun?

  • aliberalPETAmember

    I cant believe the crud I read here from a bunch of tree hugging, liberal, control freak, PETA, save the world from Global Warming Democrats. Go to your happy place and leave the real men alone. How's your 'hope and change' working out? If unemployment continues to rise, you'll wish you knew how to hunt to feed yourself...

    PETA: People for the Eating of Tasty Animals

    • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

      Hey wingnut, remember what got us here in the first place. 8 years of a right wing, gun lovin' born again idiot.

  • James

    @AAA

    This in particular bears repeating in case it is lost in everyone's mud slinging:

    "Hunting is a part of nature, and it's only been in the last century or so that we've become so far removed from where our food comes from that we'd look at it with disgust."

  • James

    @AAA

    This in particular bears repeating in case it is lost in everyone's mud slinging:

    "Hunting is a part of nature, and it's only been in the last century or so that we've become so far removed from where our food comes from that we'd look at it with disgust."

  • Lamar Taylor

    That was painful to watch...pure garbage and that's being nice. I'll pass on this.