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Duck Hunt (1984)

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Duck Hunt (Japanese: ダックハント, Hepburn: Dakku Hanto) is a light gun shooter video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game console. First released in Japan on April 21, 1984, it was later released on October 18, 1985 in North America as a launch game for the NES, and on August 15, 1987 in Europe. The game was released as a Virtual Console title for the Wii U in 2014.
In Duck Hunt, players use the NES Zapper to shoot ducks that appear on the television screen. The ducks appear one or two at a time, and the player is given three shots to shoot them down. The player receives points upon shooting each duck. If the player shoots the required number of ducks in a single round, the player will advance to the next round; otherwise, the player will receive a game over.
The game initially received few reviews, but was given mild critical praise and elicited a positive gamer reaction. Prior to the NES version, Nintendo also made a Duck Hunt game based on Laser Clay Shooting System released in 1976. It was later a pack-in game, paired with Super Mario Bros.; the pack later also included World Class Track Meet.

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Duck Hunt (1984) reviews and comments

I killed over 100 ducks and felt good about it.
In Duck Hunt you play as a sadist that loves tazing ducks, and you count with the help of a demonic dog with a demonic laugh to grab the ducks by the neck. All in all, can relate. Unless we're actually killing the ducks, that's way too far for me.

The hitboxes are kinda wonky but that's fine, the ducks do get crazy after round 10 or so though.
Not much to say about this game, it's okay. I liked it but I wouldn't recommend it.

Overall, rating out of 100:
Story: 0
You're a duck hunter, hunting ducks. With a duck. I mean, dog.

Gameplay: 5
Nothing new or exciting, but for the time it was. Imagine hunting ducks but you don't have to go outside and actually shoot ducks? And not having to deal with their bloody remains and putrid smell? Eh I can't imagine, never hunted ducks myself.

Graphics: 5
They're not baaad but they're not gooood either. The animations are good at least.

Sound/Music: 0
Hitting the ducks sounds good, that's it.

That leaves this game with a quackin' 10 out of 400! Wack.
Gameplay 7/10. Graphics 6/10. Soundtrack 4/10. Storyline 5/10. OVERALL 5.5/10. (A: 5.0)
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