Remington Great American Bird Hunt

7.5 Overall Score

Written by on April 4, 2010 in

So, you have your Wii and love playing all your classic Nintendo franchises.  You have your Super Mario Galaxy, your Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and your Metroid Prime Trilogy.   You may even have some ‘old school’ games downloaded via the Nintendo Virtual Console.   After playing the shooting gallery component of Wii Play, you might be thinking, “Hey Nintendo, where’s my new Duck Hunt?”   Your question may have been answered by a  developer named Mastiff who has beaten Nintendo to the punch with their game, Remington Great American Bird Hunt.   If you’ve been wanting to play an updated version of Dunk Hunt, then this is it.  Make no mistake about it:  This.  Is.  Duck Hunt.

Remington Great American Bird Hunt is a 1-4 player shooting gallery game.  Players point at the screen with their Wii remote and pull the trigger when assorted birds fly on screen.  Ducks, geese, turkeys, and other assorted fowl are your targets.  The game also includes illegal birds that players are penalized for shooting.  Remington Great American Bird Hunt includes a few different game types.  One game type has you shooting as many birds as possible within a certain time limit.  Another game type gives you a time element but also handicaps you with missed shot limit.   In this  game type, the game ends when you run out of time or miss your allotment of shots.  The other game type has a certain amount of birds in the entire round (usually 30) and it’s your job to shoot as many of them as possible.  Every game type is simple and straightforward.   From time to time, a bird will fly by with an icon which, when shot, upgrades the player’s gun, ammunition count, gives the player special glasses that makes the targets easier to see, or calls the player’s dog to flush out birds worth more points.

The main single player portion of the game consists of a tournament mode.  There are 5 rounds to the tournament.  In each round, you can win bronze, silver, and gold medals based on performance.  Win a gold medal in all 5 rounds and you win the tournament.  That’s pretty much all there is to it.  There are also several multiplayer modes: Versus, Team Play, and Hunting Party.  In Versus and Team Play, every player needs their own Wii remote.  In Hunting Party, every player passes a single Wii remote around.  Versus and Team Play are straightforward affairs with the highest scoring person or team at the end of the match winning.  In Hunting Party, items are thrown into the mix to make the game more complicated for the next player or giving yourself more points.  Like the other games, the player with the most points at the end of the match wins.

If you’re in the market for a shooting game on the Wii, there are definitely better ones available.  There isn’t anything necessarily bad or wrong with the game.  For what the game sets out to do, it does it well enough.  There just isn’t much to it.  Things fly on screen, you shoot them.  Shoot well enough and move on to shooting more things.  Rinse and repeat.  That’s it.  For some people, this may be good but I was bored after about 30 minutes.  There isn’t a story like in House of the Dead: Overkill or Dead Space Extraction to keep player’s engaged nor do winning tournament trophies feel like a worthwhile accomplishment.  The game can be fun in short spurts and multiplayer can be fun but overall, the game lacks any real lasting appeal. It’s about as mediocre as a game can be but, hey, at least you get to play an updated Duck Hunt.

Remington Great American Bird Hunt is rated T and is on store shelves now.  A copy of Remington Great American Bird Hunt was provided to The Married Gamers for purposes for our review and evaluation.

Married Gamers Grade:  C+

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