kim rhode's shooting screen

One of the most notable iPhone games in the early days of the App Store was Ethan Nicholas' iShoot [App Store], a turn-based artillery game reminiscent of Scorched Earth. In January of last year iShoot took the #1 spot in the list of top 100 paid apps (and anything that could dethrone iFart Mobile has to be big news), enabling Nicholas to kiss his day job goodbye and focus entirely upon iPhone development. An easy decision, we're guessing; Nicholas reportedly made over $800,000 on iShoot in its first five months.

kim rhode's menuBut what was next for this successful first-time iPhone author?  Time passed and we began to wonder just what Nicholas had in store for iPhone gamers, when word came in October that he would be bringing an outdoor hunting game made in partnership with four-time Olympic medalist, Kim Rhode. Yesterday, Kim Rhode's Outdoor Shooting [link] arrived in the App Store.

Kim Rhode's Outdoor Shooting challenges you to go on the hunt for deer, bears, rabbits, and wild turkeys in a 3D, first-person sports shooter set among a variety of outdoor locales (unlocked as you make progress). And it's not just about pistols and hunting rifles; your arsenal includes AK-47s and even a rocket launcher. And, while some of our readers won't have a taste for a virtual hunting title (with bunnies), the genre is a popular one on other systems and similar iPhone titles, John Moffett's iHunt [$0.99] and Glu's Deer Hunter 3D [$2.99], have been doing quite well, of late.

See our brief demo video for a look at the game (note that virtual animals are shot and killed in this footage -- even bunnies).


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App Store Link: Kim Rhode's Outdoor Shooting, $2.99

  • Silverdraken

    Yes, even bunnies. :D

  • Silverdraken

    Yes, even bunnies. :D

  • Kraze

    Well, I'll say that I liked the menu music

  • Kraze

    Well, I'll say that I liked the menu music

  • blackHorse

    LOL!

  • blackHorse

    LOL!

  • Mtran0708

    Wow im 50/50 on this one. The idea of a free range shooter seems pretty cool, but the controls seem like a pain. I've had bad experiences with tilt-to-aim shooters.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      There is a certain intentional "lag" to the controls -- a good thing -- that makes them surprisingly good for aiming. The controls are not a problem.

      • Mtran0708

        Hey, I might just get it. Hunting bears with mini guns, ak-47's and rocket launchers? that alone is win.

      • Tanor

        It's a game with a virtual stick - of course the bloody controls are a problem, good sir.

  • Mtran0708

    Wow im 50/50 on this one. The idea of a free range shooter seems pretty cool, but the controls seem like a pain. I've had bad experiences with tilt-to-aim shooters.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      There is a certain intentional "lag" to the controls -- a good thing -- that makes them surprisingly good for aiming. The controls are not a problem.

      • Mtran0708

        Hey, I might just get it. Hunting bears with mini guns, ak-47's and rocket launchers? that alone is win.

      • Tanor

        It's a game with a virtual stick - of course the bloody controls are a problem, good sir.

  • Mystic

    Wow, if I would have known this was the type of guy Ethan Nicholas was, I never would have bought iShoot.

    • Sambo110

      What kind of guy is he?

      • Loop

        A guy that likes to kill animals with AK47.

    • Yao MUNG

      You can never satisfy an ultra liberal. They always have to complain about something to feel important. It's a f***ing game. Consider the alternative. Perhaps this sort of thing quenches a hunters need to kill a real animal or maybe even stops someone who is considering hunting.

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

        Ah Yao Mung your logic is..nonexistent, actually. Not surprising for a right wing nutjob.

      • Yao MUNG

        Wow, oh wise Scott... Thanks for chiming in with that gem. I'm glad you fully stated your position on the matter and proved my logic to be,"nonexistent." You have caused me to reconsider my view. This truly is much more than a game. It's a huge step backwards for the animal rights movement. It's terribly offensive to bunnies and will make impressionable children kill all animals with ak-47's. Is that more along your line of logic Scotty??

  • Mystic

    Wow, if I would have known this was the type of guy Ethan Nicholas was, I never would have bought iShoot.

    • Sambo110

      What kind of guy is he?

      • Loop

        A guy that likes to kill animals with AK47.

    • Yao MUNG

      You can never satisfy an ultra liberal. They always have to complain about something to feel important. It's a f***ing game. Consider the alternative. Perhaps this sort of thing quenches a hunters need to kill a real animal or maybe even stops someone who is considering hunting.

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

        Ah Yao Mung your logic is..nonexistent, actually. Not surprising for a right wing nutjob.

      • Yao MUNG

        Wow, oh wise Scott... Thanks for chiming in with that gem. I'm glad you fully stated your position on the matter and proved my logic to be,"nonexistent." You have caused me to reconsider my view. This truly is much more than a game. It's a huge step backwards for the animal rights movement. It's terribly offensive to bunnies and will make impressionable children kill all animals with ak-47's. Is that more along your line of logic Scotty??

  • IlikeiShootbut

    The dev could write a book:
    How to throw money out of the window.
    Seems rather average. Prove me wrong, please.

    • Mtran0708

      more like: How to throw money out of the window in return for a torture app.

  • IlikeiShootbut

    The dev could write a book:
    How to throw money out of the window.
    Seems rather average. Prove me wrong, please.

    • Mtran0708

      more like: How to throw money out of the window in return for a torture app.

  • MrMuesli

    Missed opportunity! Clearly the Monty Python 'killer rabbit' from The Holy Grail should have made an appearance to spice things up a bit - "Come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth." ; )

  • MrMuesli

    Missed opportunity! Clearly the Monty Python 'killer rabbit' from The Holy Grail should have made an appearance to spice things up a bit - "Come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth." ; )

  • mrWalrus

    I wouldn't be so quick to judge on this one. Maybe it's not a title many of the people here will enjoy, but we're all hardcore gamers.

    Kim Rhodes is a popular name, for those who are into shooting/hunting. It seems to me the dev made a conscious decision to not make a game for a crowd so fickle and judgmental and go where he thought he could recoup his development cost. Also keep in mind iShoot was Ethan Nicolas first 'professional' game. Making the leap to 3D in his second should be applauded, not bashed like is going on here.

    • Frej444

      Agreed. Also i'm not into the hunting stuff, but this seems rather chill :D

  • mrWalrus

    I wouldn't be so quick to judge on this one. Maybe it's not a title many of the people here will enjoy, but we're all hardcore gamers.

    Kim Rhodes is a popular name, for those who are into shooting/hunting. It seems to me the dev made a conscious decision to not make a game for a crowd so fickle and judgmental and go where he thought he could recoup his development cost. Also keep in mind iShoot was Ethan Nicolas first 'professional' game. Making the leap to 3D in his second should be applauded, not bashed like is going on here.

    • Frej444

      Agreed. Also i'm not into the hunting stuff, but this seems rather chill :D

  • Diablohead

    I find those gun models rather ugly, and it's quite an extreme game change from ishoot, he is risking a lot here.

  • Diablohead

    I find those gun models rather ugly, and it's quite an extreme game change from ishoot, he is risking a lot here.

  • tsharpfilm

    wtf... Someone should make a game where you get the hunt the developers in the same way that you hunt the rabbits in this game...

    • Cron

      yes, because the life of a rabbit is exactly the same as the life of a human... people like you scare me

      • Yao MUNG

        They scare me as well cron. Before you get all up in arms about rabbits, know that they are one of the most enviromentally useless creatures on earth. They multiply like crazy, spread disease, and destroy agricultural crop fields. If you handed a machine gun to a farmer (or anyone in Australia) they'd probably unload on those things with a smile in their face.

  • tsharpfilm

    wtf... Someone should make a game where you get the hunt the developers in the same way that you hunt the rabbits in this game...

    • Cron

      yes, because the life of a rabbit is exactly the same as the life of a human... people like you scare me

      • Yao MUNG

        They scare me as well cron. Before you get all up in arms about rabbits, know that they are one of the most enviromentally useless creatures on earth. They multiply like crazy, spread disease, and destroy agricultural crop fields. If you handed a machine gun to a farmer (or anyone in Australia) they'd probably unload on those things with a smile in their face.

  • HenryBaker

    WOW. Real big man killing innocent animals. They should have a Big Grizzly Bear in the game that attacks and Kills the hunter at a wrong turn.

  • HenryBaker

    WOW. Real big man killing innocent animals. They should have a Big Grizzly Bear in the game that attacks and Kills the hunter at a wrong turn.

  • Jas

    This game = epic fail

  • Jas

    This game = epic fail

  • smokin okin okin

    this looks like utter crap, I was really rooting for this guy in the beginning, not only is it a bad choice to have a woman as the protagonist (calm down, we're gamers, not suffragist petitioners) , but it's even worse to throw money away having a brand name of a woman that (i don't care what you say it's true) 75% of us have never heard of, we're hard core gamers, not avid Olympic diehards, we don't give a **** whose name is on the cover of the game, waste the money on making the game better, not on the expensive arrangement of letters in the title... think about it

  • smokin okin okin

    this looks like utter crap, I was really rooting for this guy in the beginning, not only is it a bad choice to have a woman as the protagonist (calm down, we're gamers, not suffragist petitioners) , but it's even worse to throw money away having a brand name of a woman that (i don't care what you say it's true) 75% of us have never heard of, we're hard core gamers, not avid Olympic diehards, we don't give a **** whose name is on the cover of the game, waste the money on making the game better, not on the expensive arrangement of letters in the title... think about it

  • Deewin

    Ok so Arn stated that TA only makes posts of games they like on the site. So did Toucharcade actually like this game or are they just rooting for the ishoot developer because they have a relationship with him? This game actually looks worse than most shooting games already out in the app store IMO

    • arn

      We post on 1) games we like 2) notable games.

      I haven't played this one, but it definitely falls under #2. Blake didn't say one way or the other if he liked it or not, so consider this an "it's out" announcement.

      arn

  • Deewin

    Ok so Arn stated that TA only makes posts of games they like on the site. So did Toucharcade actually like this game or are they just rooting for the ishoot developer because they have a relationship with him? This game actually looks worse than most shooting games already out in the app store IMO

    • arn

      We post on 1) games we like 2) notable games.

      I haven't played this one, but it definitely falls under #2. Blake didn't say one way or the other if he liked it or not, so consider this an "it's out" announcement.

      arn

  • Frog

    Don't bash this game guys, you haven't tried it and are already complaining. I agree that the arm looks a bit strange, but does it matter much? I would rather buy this game instead of the alternatives because you can play in a free roam environment in this game. It actually think this game is great for hunters and I think you can only say a game is bad when you've played the game, which most of you obviously haven't, so stop complaining!

    • smokin okin okin

      actually i did try it, i bought it and tried it, just like how i try everything else before i bash it, and I can safely say that this is utter crap and a total waste of $3 and I can also safely say that this fool is going to get bankrupt, i mean common, what jokester seriously quits their job just cause they made something cool that a lot of people liked, in many cases, one great idea doesn't always guarantee you fame and fortune for life, especially if you throw the majority of your fortune into this, he makes me sick

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron aaronsullivan

        You did try it? After the opinion you had less than an hour earlier, I'm surprised. That's when you posted that it "looks like utter crap" and "looks worse than most shooting games already out on the app store", just a couple posts up. Then, you immediately bought it to support the developer?

        Then you personally attack the developer you decided to support for reasons I don't understand. How far are you entwined with this guy that he could make you sick just by releasing a game? I'm sure you have a good reason for your reaction, I just don't get it.

      • Frog

        I agree with aaronsullivan, but want to add some things: if the dev goes bankrupt (I don't think so), what does it matter to you? That's his problem and you say he's a fool because he quits his job? I would also do that if I were able to make 800k in my spare time.

        Also, even if you've really bought the game (which I doubt), many others that bash this game obviously haven't. Because of all those negative posts potential buyers might be stopped from buying it, so everyone, only comment if you've really played this game.

        I think (and hope) the dev will make a little bit profit on this game, just because it's the first in it's kind.

  • Frog

    Don't bash this game guys, you haven't tried it and are already complaining. I agree that the arm looks a bit strange, but does it matter much? I would rather buy this game instead of the alternatives because you can play in a free roam environment in this game. It actually think this game is great for hunters and I think you can only say a game is bad when you've played the game, which most of you obviously haven't, so stop complaining!

    • smokin okin okin

      actually i did try it, i bought it and tried it, just like how i try everything else before i bash it, and I can safely say that this is utter crap and a total waste of $3 and I can also safely say that this fool is going to get bankrupt, i mean common, what jokester seriously quits their job just cause they made something cool that a lot of people liked, in many cases, one great idea doesn't always guarantee you fame and fortune for life, especially if you throw the majority of your fortune into this, he makes me sick

      • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron aaronsullivan

        You did try it? After the opinion you had less than an hour earlier, I'm surprised. That's when you posted that it "looks like utter crap" and "looks worse than most shooting games already out on the app store", just a couple posts up. Then, you immediately bought it to support the developer?

        Then you personally attack the developer you decided to support for reasons I don't understand. How far are you entwined with this guy that he could make you sick just by releasing a game? I'm sure you have a good reason for your reaction, I just don't get it.

      • Frog

        I agree with aaronsullivan, but want to add some things: if the dev goes bankrupt (I don't think so), what does it matter to you? That's his problem and you say he's a fool because he quits his job? I would also do that if I were able to make 800k in my spare time.

        Also, even if you've really bought the game (which I doubt), many others that bash this game obviously haven't. Because of all those negative posts potential buyers might be stopped from buying it, so everyone, only comment if you've really played this game.

        I think (and hope) the dev will make a little bit profit on this game, just because it's the first in it's kind.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron aaronsullivan

    My bet is that it will make a good amount of money. I'd like to see it tracked.

    As far as the hunting issue goes, it's pretty easy to see both sides.

    Personifying animals in fiction, movies, TV, and games doesn't actually make them more human. :) I don't personally like seeing animals getting killed but they are quite used to being hunted, and they taste good, too. There's abuses in the business of making food from animals, but I think hunting is one of the better ways to go about it -- maybe not so much with missile launchers and AK-47s.

    • Tanor

      Err, we're all animals, sir, and no amount of ill-advised smiley faces will change that fact.

      • Cron

        We may all be animals but we are obviously not equal, :)

      • Tanor

        So we should treat autistic children as below us, by the logic that it's somehow more acceptable to base treatment on what's not 'equal' to you.

        Good to know!

      • Cron

        Well I personally find it disturbing that you don't consider autistic children to be human, I mean if you happen to know that they are an entirely different species you should let someone know this could be a major scentific breakthrough. :)

        Also there needs to be a way to delete or atleast edit your comments

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron aaronsullivan

    My bet is that it will make a good amount of money. I'd like to see it tracked.

    As far as the hunting issue goes, it's pretty easy to see both sides.

    Personifying animals in fiction, movies, TV, and games doesn't actually make them more human. :) I don't personally like seeing animals getting killed but they are quite used to being hunted, and they taste good, too. There's abuses in the business of making food from animals, but I think hunting is one of the better ways to go about it -- maybe not so much with missile launchers and AK-47s.

    • Tanor

      Err, we're all animals, sir, and no amount of ill-advised smiley faces will change that fact.

      • Cron

        We may all be animals but we are obviously not equal, :)

      • Tanor

        So we should treat autistic children as below us, by the logic that it's somehow more acceptable to base treatment on what's not 'equal' to you.

        Good to know!

      • Cron

        Well I personally find it disturbing that you don\'t consider autistic children to be human, I mean if you happen to know that they are an entirely different species you should let someone know this could be a major scentific breakthrough. :)

        Also there needs to be a way to delete or atleast edit your comments

  • http://www.davidleblond.com David Leblond

    I got to see a very very early developers copy of this game (Ethan is a local developer and attended an iPhone dev meetup.) While it might be everyone's cup of tea, for being Ethan's first entry ever into doing anything 3D I think it's pretty impressive. Hunting might not be for everyone, it isn't for me... but it IS just a game.

    Ethan's a great guy, and freely gave other devs tips and good comments throughout the meetup. Didn't act all "I'm a millionaire, better than you" at ALL.

  • http://www.davidleblond.com David Leblond

    I got to see a very very early developers copy of this game (Ethan is a local developer and attended an iPhone dev meetup.) While it might be everyone's cup of tea, for being Ethan's first entry ever into doing anything 3D I think it's pretty impressive. Hunting might not be for everyone, it isn't for me... but it IS just a game.

    Ethan's a great guy, and freely gave other devs tips and good comments throughout the meetup. Didn't act all "I'm a millionaire, better than you" at ALL.

  • jsacks

    I bought this and it is so much fun......the walking around the animals and the guns. There is only 1 problem and that is the tilt. There should be a setting where you can change it to touch. Other than that a little bit of graphic updates and this will be in the top 100 no doubt. I wish the developer put just a little bit more time into this app.

  • jsacks

    I bought this and it is so much fun......the walking around the animals and the guns. There is only 1 problem and that is the tilt. There should be a setting where you can change it to touch. Other than that a little bit of graphic updates and this will be in the top 100 no doubt. I wish the developer put just a little bit more time into this app.

  • Tanor

    Whatever about the point of this being an ill-advised choice for a follow-up to his Worms-lite game, and it very much is, the biggest waste of his money was on paying someone no one knows (someone said 75% don't know who Kim Rhodes is, and I can safely say that's being way too generous) that isn't actively watching one of the most boring Olympic sports in existence.

    To then have rocket launchers and machine guns in it make it all the more pointless. If this game breaks even, it'll be in spite of this and not because of them.

  • Tanor

    Whatever about the point of this being an ill-advised choice for a follow-up to his Worms-lite game, and it very much is, the biggest waste of his money was on paying someone no one knows (someone said 75% don't know who Kim Rhodes is, and I can safely say that's being way too generous) that isn't actively watching one of the most boring Olympic sports in existence.

    To then have rocket launchers and machine guns in it make it all the more pointless. If this game breaks even, it'll be in spite of this and not because of them.

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zachary

    What's with all the people objecting to hunting represented by this game but not the war represented by iShoot? Totally bizarre.

    • Tanor

      iShoot isn't a good example because it's as far removed from war as you can get without having a virtual pet game, but the very obvious difference is that almost all war-based games are solider-versus-soldier, i.e. people whose aims are to combat each other and both sides understand this. Hunting a rabbit can't exactly rely on even a semblance of parity of aim or arms.

      • Rodriguez

        So the life of an enemy soldier is worth less then the life of a rabbit? O_o

      • Tanor

        You've made not even attempted to comprehend what I said. That's quiet clearly not the point being made. Indeed, the point is that the two situations are not comparable - it was the person who I was responding to who had made the direct comparison.

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zachary

    What's with all the people objecting to hunting represented by this game but not the war represented by iShoot? Totally bizarre.

    • Tanor

      iShoot isn't a good example because it's as far removed from war as you can get without having a virtual pet game, but the very obvious difference is that almost all war-based games are solider-versus-soldier, i.e. people whose aims are to combat each other and both sides understand this. Hunting a rabbit can't exactly rely on even a semblance of parity of aim or arms.

      • Rodriguez

        So the life of an enemy soldier is worth less then the life of a rabbit? O_o

      • Tanor

        You've made not even attempted to comprehend what I said. That's quiet clearly not the point being made. Indeed, the point is that the two situations are not comparable - it was the person who I was responding to who had made the direct comparison.

  • I have my doubts

    This only fortifies my opinion that the developer got totally lucky with iShoot (hit the jackpot). Why are people still trying to make 3d games that require virtual console controls to play?? Make a game that plays well on the device FFS!!

    The only way this game is going to make money is due to iShoots success and sites like TA promoting it (intentionally or not). If a no name developer made this it shouldn't even show up on any radar.

  • I have my doubts

    This only fortifies my opinion that the developer got totally lucky with iShoot (hit the jackpot). Why are people still trying to make 3d games that require virtual console controls to play?? Make a game that plays well on the device FFS!!

    The only way this game is going to make money is due to iShoots success and sites like TA promoting it (intentionally or not). If a no name developer made this it shouldn't even show up on any radar.

  • VorteXUniversE

    well..... why shooting poor animals ? LOL that must be an american thing...to feel strong over nature or whatever....(again, LOL ) i would prefer this game to be like shooting at politicians in suits who try to run away with my money and freedom.

    • Yahoo

      Yeah, like people in other countries don't hunt. LMAO!

  • VorteXUniversE

    well..... why shooting poor animals ? LOL that must be an american thing...to feel strong over nature or whatever....(again, LOL ) i would prefer this game to be like shooting at politicians in suits who try to run away with my money and freedom.

    • Yahoo

      Yeah, like people in other countries don't hunt. LMAO!

  • Loop

    Ethan should stick to making clones of Scorched Earth. Just tried it and it was crap. AK-47s, wth? I do realize that I'm not the target audience (pun intended) since I do not hunt.

    Harsh words, I know, it's just that I am disappointed with my purchase.

  • Loop

    Ethan should stick to making clones of Scorched Earth. Just tried it and it was crap. AK-47s, wth? I do realize that I'm not the target audience (pun intended) since I do not hunt.

    Harsh words, I know, it's just that I am disappointed with my purchase.

  • dumas1000

    Glu's hunting game, which is by far the most successful hunting game in the AppStore's limited history, features an AK-47 as well. My sense us that this should have been more or less a hunting farce. It should have been as over the top as humanly possible. Complete absudity is what would have distinguished it. Zombie animals, Laser guns, Modern Wafare weapons. Hunting animals in tanks. Shooting them from turrents. Animals arming themselves and fighting back. Animals vs hunters mode, as well as hunters vs animals. This thing should've zany and completely off the wall. The dev didn't take it far enough. He stopped somewhere in the middle of farce and hunting sim, and I'm not sure it makes much sense in it's current form.

    With that said, I have not played it. I still think it would be fun though. Even with tilt controls. I thought HillBilly had potential, to be honest. Just because controls are "different" doesnt automatically make them bad. It's all in how you impliment them.

    I have not purchase a hunting game. Glu's version would be my first purchase if I did. Morally, hunting is no better than dog fighting, IMO. It was hypocritical of a society would hands out hunting licenses like candy to then turn around and demonize Michael Vick for what he did. Murder of defenseless animals is murder of defenseless animals.

    However, a hunting game is no more morally offensive then GTA or, even worse, Manhunt.

    • Tanor

      Agreed almost fully. I'd safely say Grand Theft Auto is a different kettle of fish to this game or even Manhunt - it gives you the responsibility for what you do - you don't have to run over people, in the same way you don't have to in real life. Playing the actual game it's no worse than a thousand other shooters out there.

      • smokin okin okin

        true, but in many missions you do have to totally kill cops, I f***ing love grand theft auto, but if a mission forces you to kill a cop to lose your wanted level, it's a little different from killing a drug dealer or an assassin, because like you said before, we are people, killing an innocent cop trying to defend the law is just as bad as killing a bunny

      • Tanor

        Indeed you have to kill police in some cases, but you are playing a criminal so the same logic applies to crime films and many of those are considered art. The difference here is that animals aren't armed to the teeth like the police of GTA - in the case of all hunting games the hunting is for sport, indeed the fact they are 'hunting' games belies that fact.

      • Diggins

        What? Killing a cop is the same as killing a bunny? Really? I didnt realize that cops had the same impact as a bunny.

      • Yao MUNG

        @ diggins

        Yeah, most sane people wouldn't realize that. These lefties get their heads so far up their poop-chute trying to prove how moral they are, that it sometimes comes at the expense of sounding like a complete lunatic.

      • Tanor

        Throwing around idiotic political spectrum jibes rather than talking about the issue is as a good as an admission of inability to defend your point.

        And to the previous poster - you've misread what was said to a rather absurd degree.

      • Yao MUNG

        Tanor, you can talk and talk and talk all you want, but regardless of the plotlines/circumstances of either gta or this hunting game, you tried to argue that shooting an animal in a game is somehow more offensive than killing a police officer in a game. To me that's a sad thing and says quite a bit about where your head is at.

      • Tanor

        And there you go again, making a point that was not even made. The whole point of what I said is that they are NOT comparable, in response to what someone else said no less.

      • Yao MUNG

        The whole arguement here revolves around The offensiveness of video games. So how is it that gta and Kim Rhodes hunting are not comparible? They are both video games and they are both controversial. Anyway, your arguement as to why they aren't comparible ( in gta: you play as a criminal and the police are armed) only gives the impression that for these reasons you personally can justify or at least be more comfortable with the killing of a human; whereas the killing of an animal (because it is unarmed) is somehow more morally offensive on a different level. Now, perhaps I interpreted it incorrectly, but the way it was presented definetly makes it seem like you are more opposed to an animal death rather than a human death. That's all.

  • dumas1000

    Glu's hunting game, which is by far the most successful hunting game in the AppStore's limited history, features an AK-47 as well. My sense us that this should have been more or less a hunting farce. It should have been as over the top as humanly possible. Complete absudity is what would have distinguished it. Zombie animals, Laser guns, Modern Wafare weapons. Hunting animals in tanks. Shooting them from turrents. Animals arming themselves and fighting back. Animals vs hunters mode, as well as hunters vs animals. This thing should've zany and completely off the wall. The dev didn't take it far enough. He stopped somewhere in the middle of farce and hunting sim, and I'm not sure it makes much sense in it's current form.

    With that said, I have not played it. I still think it would be fun though. Even with tilt controls. I thought HillBilly had potential, to be honest. Just because controls are "different" doesnt automatically make them bad. It's all in how you impliment them.

    I have not purchase a hunting game. Glu's version would be my first purchase if I did. Morally, hunting is no better than dog fighting, IMO. It was hypocritical of a society would hands out hunting licenses like candy to then turn around and demonize Michael Vick for what he did. Murder of defenseless animals is murder of defenseless animals.

    However, a hunting game is no more morally offensive then GTA or, even worse, Manhunt.

    • Tanor

      Agreed almost fully. I'd safely say Grand Theft Auto is a different kettle of fish to this game or even Manhunt - it gives you the responsibility for what you do - you don't have to run over people, in the same way you don't have to in real life. Playing the actual game it's no worse than a thousand other shooters out there.

      • smokin okin okin

        true, but in many missions you do have to totally kill cops, I f***ing love grand theft auto, but if a mission forces you to kill a cop to lose your wanted level, it's a little different from killing a drug dealer or an assassin, because like you said before, we are people, killing an innocent cop trying to defend the law is just as bad as killing a bunny

      • Tanor

        Indeed you have to kill police in some cases, but you are playing a criminal so the same logic applies to crime films and many of those are considered art. The difference here is that animals aren't armed to the teeth like the police of GTA - in the case of all hunting games the hunting is for sport, indeed the fact they are 'hunting' games belies that fact.

      • Diggins

        What? Killing a cop is the same as killing a bunny? Really? I didnt realize that cops had the same impact as a bunny.

      • Yao MUNG

        @ diggins

        Yeah, most sane people wouldn\'t realize that. These lefties get their heads so far up their poop-chute trying to prove how moral they are, that it sometimes comes at the expense of sounding like a complete lunatic.

      • Tanor

        Throwing around idiotic political spectrum jibes rather than talking about the issue is as a good as an admission of inability to defend your point.

        And to the previous poster - you've misread what was said to a rather absurd degree.

      • Yao MUNG

        Tanor, you can talk and talk and talk all you want, but regardless of the plotlines/circumstances of either gta or this hunting game, you tried to argue that shooting an animal in a game is somehow more offensive than killing a police officer in a game. To me that's a sad thing and says quite a bit about where your head is at.

      • Tanor

        And there you go again, making a point that was not even made. The whole point of what I said is that they are NOT comparable, in response to what someone else said no less.

      • Yao MUNG

        The whole arguement here revolves around The offensiveness of video games. So how is it that gta and Kim Rhodes hunting are not comparible? They are both video games and they are both controversial. Anyway, your arguement as to why they aren't comparible ( in gta: you play as a criminal and the police are armed) only gives the impression that for these reasons you personally can justify or at least be more comfortable with the killing of a human; whereas the killing of an animal (because it is unarmed) is somehow more morally offensive on a different level. Now, perhaps I interpreted it incorrectly, but the way it was presented definetly makes it seem like you are more opposed to an animal death rather than a human death. That's all.

  • smokin okin okin

    @tanor:
    In the last sentence I meant to say "animal" instead of "people"

  • smokin okin okin

    @tanor:
    In the last sentence I meant to say "animal" instead of "people"

  • smokin okin okin

    o and btw, these aren't defenseless animals in the game, more than half of the animals charge at you to try to kill you when you start shooting so it's basically your life or theirs just like how many other hunting games operate, so in reality, if the rabbits or birds were big enough, they'd be trying to kill you as well so basically, anything in nature can or will try to kill you one way or another

  • smokin okin okin

    o and btw, these aren't defenseless animals in the game, more than half of the animals charge at you to try to kill you when you start shooting so it's basically your life or theirs just like how many other hunting games operate, so in reality, if the rabbits or birds were big enough, they'd be trying to kill you as well so basically, anything in nature can or will try to kill you one way or another

  • max

    Downloaded this and immediately annoyed by it:

    1. Takes a long time to launch. Thought it was crashed, but it did eventually launched.

    2. Annoying music, which I could not find a way to turn off

    3. The game, once it launched, consisted of the scenery spinning around. I guess it is accelerometer based, but had no calibration settings. So I spent most of the time trying to get a stable view. I couldn't even get to the point of actually aiming or shooting.

    Deleted it within 10 frustrating minutes. Save your money.

  • max

    Downloaded this and immediately annoyed by it:

    1. Takes a long time to launch. Thought it was crashed, but it did eventually launched.

    2. Annoying music, which I could not find a way to turn off

    3. The game, once it launched, consisted of the scenery spinning around. I guess it is accelerometer based, but had no calibration settings. So I spent most of the time trying to get a stable view. I couldn't even get to the point of actually aiming or shooting.

    Deleted it within 10 frustrating minutes. Save your money.

  • Diggins

    you people are insane. Youre getting angry at an app that obviously took a lot of time and effort to make. I actually like it. It's a little slow at first but once you unlock the minigun. And to someone above, there are bears that attack you, and boars that attack. Why bash this game when there are tons of undeserving apps getting praise for nothing.

  • Diggins

    you people are insane. Youre getting angry at an app that obviously took a lot of time and effort to make. I actually like it. It's a little slow at first but once you unlock the minigun. And to someone above, there are bears that attack you, and boars that attack. Why bash this game when there are tons of undeserving apps getting praise for nothing.

  • Cron

    Well I personally find it disturbing that you don't consider autistic children to be human, I mean if you happen to know that they are an entirely different species you should let someone know this could be a major scentific breakthrough.

  • Cron

    Well I personally find it disturbing that you don\'t consider autistic children to be human, I mean if you happen to know that they are an entirely different species you should let someone know this could be a major scentific breakthrough.

  • stupidmoron

    i hate people who shoot deers and stuff...
    don't do that
    click that friggin' link!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUE6khgyvbs

  • stupidmoron

    i hate people who shoot deers and stuff...
    don't do that
    click that friggin' link!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUE6khgyvbs