Clay Hunt (iPhone) Review
On average, I get 5 to 7 requests to review iPhone/iPod Touch games a week. Out of this bunch, almost the number are from independent developers operating from their bedrooms (or garage for that matter) hoping to be the next big thing on App Store.
Often than not, these are first timers and while you may find gems like Major Warhead or Vernx, there are also diamonds in the rough, like the one I’m playing right now, Clay Hunt.
Clay Hunt is basically a version of Duck Hunt on iPhone, but instead of stirring up the ire of PETA, you are shooting at skeets. How the game is played is that you need to drag your shotgun in place so that the skeet is just right above your targetting bead and then tap (with your other thumb) on the screen to fire.
One problem I noticed is that if you want to move your gun, you might end up firing instead, so don’t lift your thumb after dragging the shotgun. But then, this leads to another problem as you can’t switch thumbs to move the shotgun, and the game isn’t really responsive when you are using your left thumb to move the gun all the way right (and vice versa).
Control problems aside, the game doesn’t show your score while you are shooting the skeets (only at the end of the level), and what’s worse, you can’t pause or exit a level, the only option is to exit the game.
These kinks should have been sorted out with some amount of play-testing and are actually pretty rudimentary. As a software developer myself, it’s not right to leave it to the paying customer to go through this and some measure of quality control would have worked wonders.
Kinks aside, the game does look semi-realistic, the shotgun kinda reminded me of Doom. Looking at the game being played on the YouTube video made me think that wow, it does look somewhat realistic and that impression carries on with the game in my hands.
But anyways, Clay Hunt is available on the App Store for just 99 cents. But with many better games out there at this price point (I blame Apple actually for allowing this precedence to happen), it’s tough to actually recommend Clay Hunt. Perhaps a free trial period would be better, Aleksi?Powered by Sidelines
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