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An authentic home port of the arcade game...
on June 7, 2010
This is an authentic home version of the arcade game (actually, four different BBH arcade games in one package). If you're a fan of the arcade originals, then you'll enjoy the PC version to play at home. It's especially great for those hobbyists who've built themselves a PC-based arcade cabinet, with big CRT monitors and a decent light gun. (Act Labs, makers of CRT-based USB light guns, have been hinting at an upcoming pump-action shotgun controller on their home page for a while now, but nothing available for purchase yet.)
If you're looking for a hunting simulation, or anything that even remotely resembles actual hunting, look elsewhere. In terms of gameplay, this game is very reminiscent of Nintendo's old "Duck Hunt" (minus that a--hole dog). It's basically a hunting-themed shooting gallery, where you try to shoot as many bucks as you can, while avoiding the does, before they all run off-screen.
The product description calls the graphics "tremendously realistic". Let's just call that a tremendous overstatement. :-) But hey, we're talking about a game that first hit arcades (and bars) in 2000. So we shouldn't expect modern Hi-Def graphics here...
Bottom line: If you're looking for an arcade-authentic home version of Big Buck Hunter, you can't go wrong with this PC version. It's the exact same software as on the arcade machines. Just don't expect much depth, or anything close to a real hunting simulation.