Oddly enough, the App Store has no shortage of hunting games. Quite a few of them have flirted with positions high up on the overall sales charts, but none (until now) have come from such long-standing hunting game franchises as the Big Buck Hunter arcade machines and the Deer Hunter series of PC and console games.


Real Deer Hunting, 99¢ - The eighteenth installment in the Deer Hunter series offers a fairly in-depth hunting experience that takes place in the woods of Indiana and the plains of Texas. The game is packed with all kinds of deer luring actions, along with the choice between a shotgun, scoped rifle, and compound bow. Out of all the hunting games I've tried for the iPhone, this one seems the most technical, although having never actually hunted deer I can't say for sure how accurate the developer's claims of ultra-realism are.


Big Buck Hunter Pro, $2.99 - We extensively previewed this game last week following the Big Buck Hunter World Championship in Chicago where the game was originally unveiled. It's a fantastic port of the arcade machine, and provides a remarkably similar experience, only without the plastic shotgun. Big Buck Hunter machines are becoming as much of a bar staple as Golden Tee in my area, so if the iPhone game can tap in to the existing fan base it should be a huge success. However, if you've never drunkenly pumped quarters in to the real Big Buck Hunter game, the iPhone version likely won't have much appeal.

  • http://www.extreme-mods.com JWM2

    I bought and played Big Buck Hunter this morning during my morning workout. Its a great game and brings back memories of when i had the atomiswave arcade machine with the rifles in my gameroom, minus the rifles and the arcade machine. Still its a very good port and if you cannot afford the price of an arcade machine, this is the next best thing. Not only that but it fits in my pocket and doesn't require a hand truck and 2 full grown men to move ;)

  • http://www.extreme-mods.com JWM2

    I bought and played Big Buck Hunter this morning during my morning workout. Its a great game and brings back memories of when i had the atomiswave arcade machine with the rifles in my gameroom, minus the rifles and the arcade machine. Still its a very good port and if you cannot afford the price of an arcade machine, this is the next best thing. Not only that but it fits in my pocket and doesn't require a hand truck and 2 full grown men to move ;)

  • jeffgar

    I remember buying many of these hunting games over the years and have a great time playing them for hours and hours. Seeing Real Deer Hunting on the App store, I had to give it a try. The scenes look really nice and the game is great. There is nothing like waiting for that clean shot and finally putting it into the trophy room.

  • jeffgar

    I remember buying many of these hunting games over the years and have a great time playing them for hours and hours. Seeing Real Deer Hunting on the App store, I had to give it a try. The scenes look really nice and the game is great. There is nothing like waiting for that clean shot and finally putting it into the trophy room.

  • Outkast1

    I've had many a fun night 'drunkenly popping quarters' into the arcades :) Fun stuff! and this is only 1/2 the price of one drink! No brainer.

  • Outkast1

    I've had many a fun night 'drunkenly popping quarters' into the arcades :) Fun stuff! and this is only 1/2 the price of one drink! No brainer.

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    where's the hot brunette from the arcade/bar version?

    • J-Pa

      That's what I'm talking about! She's still in my head after Friday night

  • http://myspace.com/battlebornmusic Battle Born

    where's the hot brunette from the arcade/bar version?

    • J-Pa

      That's what I'm talking about! She's still in my head after Friday night

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