Duck Hunt – Arguably one of the most memorable and recognizable games in gaming history. Back then, it was a way that kids could prove themselves and how good their shot was. This game was capable of bringing everyone in the family together for some friendly duels. Let’s see how the game held up against one of its biggest critics – BBR.
Blue Ball Score: 19 out of 25 balls
Absolutely phenomenal. The controls were simple – aim and shoot. This game helped improve your accuracy and reaction time. It even taught kids the basic shooting principles, such as: how to hold a gun, how to aim, the fact that you need to aim before you shoot, don’t shoot too fast (I still have this problem today), and accuracy is more important than speed. Unfortunately, gun control laws are becoming too strict now-a-days so if you want your children to experience the fun you had as a child, they must go through the proper training courses offered by our government.
Anyway, back to the review… The controls were simple and even useful. If anyone tried to cheat and stand too close to the TV, then they were eligible to receive a swift kick to the go-nads or tampon tunnel (for the ladies).
So, as you can see, the easy controls and family-like environment this game could create, lead Duck Hunt to receive a perfect 5/5 balls for gameplay.
Hah! Young bloods just don’t get it, do they? Before all the modern-day complexity and explanations and shat, nobody took the time to be intuitive on what each mode was. We would simply name the game mode whatever it was in the code (programming joke).
Anyway, there were 3 basic game modes. Game A was for rookies. AKA people who can’t shoot for shat. Game B made things a bit harder with two ducks instead of one. Game C (which nobody played) replaced ducks with clay pigeons. If you play this game then you are absolutely ignorant.
Overall, the campaign was simple. Elegant. Beautiful. Tear jerking. A perfect 5/5 balls.
I’m sorry. I lost control. Forgive me. Between my competitive edge, the fights, and the daily rationings, my childhood was a bit rough. I did enjoy destroying Player 2 though. If you 1-v-1 someone online and beat them, what do you do? You just bombard them with verbal nothingness. Back then, if you beat someone 1-v-1, you could turn to look at them and talk all the trash you wanted. Right to their face. Then, if you were of larger stature, you could choke slam them through the kitchen table as part of your victory celebration. You could even shat on their face. Back then, 1-v-1 was a true test of skill and dignity.
For being true, this gets another perfect 5/5 balls.
Sound? Honestly, they weren’t the best. Guns don’t sound like an elephant jumped in the river from the second story. But!!! The sound effects were phenomenal. Funny, simple, and engaging. The tid-bits of music always brought a grin to our face even in the worst of times.
So, since you are making me do this I give it a 4/5 balls.
Breathe, just breathe. OK… so, for any given round, if you don’t get a single duck a dog will appear from the grass and laugh at you. And, sound effects also accompany this dog that make it even worse. When things begin to get competitive and harder in the later rounds, the last thing we need is a nice little “F you” at the end of the round. Boy, this was enough to get even a Buddhist Monk’s blood boiling.
I even kept one round in the chamber just for the dog at the end, but to no avail. You couldn’t even shoot the dog. Every duck hunter has tried, trust me. Sure, it was nice when the dog held up your prize (if you shot the duck). But, boy did it go from one extreme to the other when you missed a duck.
Therefore, this part of the review gets 0 / 5 balls. F@#k you Nintendo.
In conclusion, this game was legendary. Besides that damn dog, this game was easy to understand and could bring a familiar together on game night. It was fun, exciting, and even contained some humorous moments (if you were watching someone else get “dogged” it was quite funny). The game’s simple and easy to learn controls would allow even the youngest of kids to play and the oldest of adults to play. But, most importantly, everyone had fun even when they were pissed. Perhaps the world would be a better place if we had more games like Duck Hunt. Congratulations Nintendo, BBR approves with a grand total of 19 / 25 balls.