Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D Review

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Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D puts the player into the boots of a hunter trekking through rugged terrain in search of deer, black bears, rabbits, and pretty much anything that crosses their path. While that may sound somewhat authentic, you’re not getting a true hunting experience with Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D, instead you’re shooting for the high score with this game’s arcade-style gameplay.

wa_udh3dWild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D is an on-rails shooter that sees you shooting, well, deer. You start off in a lodge and move up the terrain by successfully completing a hunt in the chosen area. To successfully complete a hunt, you must earn a bronze, silver, or gold medal by reaching a pre-determined score. As you successfully complete areas, new ones will unlock on the map in the hunting lodge.

Each hunt automatically scrolls like you’d expect in an on-rails shooter, and is also timed. Animals will consistently pop into view and it’s your job to shoot them. You can move the reticle by sliding the stylus around the touchscreen, or with the Slide Pad, my preferred method. If you’re controlling with the touchscreen, touch the screen a second time to shoot – press A if you’re using the other method. It’s simple gameplay, but it feels satisfying to do well.

The goal is to score high enough to earn a medal, and the best way to do this is to chain together your shots – the more shots you chain together, the higher the multiplier. You can also get some power-ups by shooting specific animals – one of these power-ups slows down the environment, this is called Wiley Vision. Occasionally, you’ll also get the chance to shoot ore that gives you a nice score boost.

While the gameplay is fun, there is a serious lack of variety. You’ll hunt through 19 different areas, but the objective never changes and each animal acts very much the same. However, some animals do attack, like grizzly bears and wolverines, so you’ll need to focus your efforts on them when in danger. You do actually have a health meter, so it’s important that you defeat the dangerous animals, otherwise you’ll have to try again. In addition to attacking animals, you are strictly prohibited from shooting females.

You can equip about 20 different rifles, shotguns, and bows, but you’ll probably stick to a favourite outside of shooting fish with the bow – for some reason, fish can only be hunted with bows. You’ll unlock new weapons after completing certain areas; these weapons can then be equipped by going to the gun cabinet at the hunting lodge. During gameplay you can switch between equipped rifles, shotguns, and bows by tapping the weapon icon on the touchscreen.

wa_udh3d2There are some achievements for those that like to fully complete the games they buy; of course, you can also work toward getting a gold medal in each area. It took me roughly two hours to complete the game with just settling for bronze medals. Ass a couple of hours if you want to get everything, and maybe more if others in your household create a profile and compete for the highest score.

There’s not a whole lot to say about the game’s soundtrack as it’s composed of mainly generic rock and banjo pieces, though the music is quite fitting so it does indeed set the mood. Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D happens to be a good looking eShop title, especially in 3D where the game really seems to pop-out at you. However, I noticed that the game seems to drop frames and run a tiny bit slower with the 3D turned on; it’s a shame because the 3D is brilliantly done.

Final Thoughts:

If you’re looking for some fun arcade-style hunting, then Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D could be a game that interests you. However, if you’re looking for an authentic hunting experience, you will come away disappointed. Regardless of its flaws, Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D is a competent on-rails shooter that fans of the genre may enjoy. Wild Adventures: Ultimate Deer Hunt 3D is available now on Nintendo 3DS via the Nintendo eShop for $3.99.

6/10

Obtained a Review Copy

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  • http://www.digitallydownloaded.net/ Matt S

    Good review as always!

    I am… not a fan… of hunting, so on a purely moral ground this is one of the very few 3DS eShop games I will never touch (not that it will be released in Australia anyway). It is good to see cheap (but reasonable quality) games on the eShop though.

    We just need to see more of them.

    • http://twitter.com/MiniFortress Mini Fortress

      Thanks!

      That’s understandable, and something that was in the back of my mind when writing the review.

      I’d gladly welcome more above average quality games for a good price on the eShop. Personally, I’d like to see a 3D platformer now.