App Army Assemble: Huntdown – Does the critically acclaimed side-scrolling shooter translate well to mobile? | Articles

Huntdown is an 80s impressed facet-scrolling shooter that has obtained crucial acclaim since its preliminary launch final yr. Now it has made its method over to cellular gadgets, and I believe it is a pretty fun time. But maybe you’d want a second or third opinion, so we handed the sport over to our App Army to see in the event that they agreed.

Here’s what they mentioned:

Raul Figueiredo

Huntdown is a “run n’ gun” platformer impressed by the 80s (tacky one-liners, artwork model and soundtrack included). The gameplay is easy, focusing extra on the motion division. You play as 1 of three doable mercenaries that should search out (pun meant) totally different gangs throughout a number of districts. These gangs really feel distinct from one another, each by way of look and general weaponry.

Plus, every degree culminates in a novel boss battle designed to check your expertise even additional. The studying curve is cheap and you actually really feel like a retro badass after taking down the huge hitters. I’d have beloved to see extra enjoyable and distinctive “gimmicks” in the ranges themselves, however that is extra of a private desire fairly than direct criticism. There’s not a lot in the plot division, however that is hardly a fault, contemplating the kind of sport the devs had been aiming for. I actually loved this sport and I extremely suggest it – we’re speaking a couple of excessive-high quality indie sport (and so they hardly get higher than this). 9.5/10

Jc Ga

« Rhaaaaaa, please don’t moove! » yells a boss in rock music background, and in addition many different invectives – our hunter doesn’t deprive himself both, even making ironic jokes in accordance with the weapon he makes use of. So I’ll obey the boss I discussed earlier and take a break from the sport to record a few of its qualities. Thanks to the creativity proven by its designers, Huntdown manages to keep away from the monotony that always happens in video games with a reasonably linear “beat them all” orientation: many particulars, visible, musical, or textual, give a really sturdy persona to the sport, and renew the pleasure of progressing.

Controls are responsive (though I’d have appreciated a bit of extra mobility for the hunter), animation very neat, nothing disturbs the immersion. As an motion sport, Huntdown is a hit, however above all, it succeeds in its evocation of this violent, loopy cyberpunk surroundings. And bosses are badass!
Highly beneficial if you’re searching for a sport on this class.

Mike Lisagor

Huntdown is a throwback to 16-bit goodness. It is a facet-scroller with plenty of unhealthy guys, loads of weapons, and motion throughout the place. I really like the dialogue and the witty humour. This is the full package deal. I caught with the digital controls till I obtained the grasp of it. You can customise them in the choices menu. I additionally used my PS4 controller and it labored nice too. I performed at the regular issue and it’s robust, however not sufficient to make me need to play at the straightforward degree. This is a simple advice to anybody that likes a very good motion sport after which some.

Nick Leibbrandt

Huntdown might be certainly one of the most enjoyable and difficult video games I’ve performed in fairly a while on cellular and is certainly value each minute performed. Huntdown is an 80s impressed platformer sport with straightforward controls, superior music and nice sound with a ravishing artwork model. You get to play as three totally different bounty hunters working via totally different zones and killing mobs, gathering totally different weapons and grenades then ultimately defeating the gang boss.

I attempted a few of the sport on regular and located it fairly exhausting at instances additionally very difficult however discovered the sport a bit of simpler on straightforward mode, bosses could be fairly troublesome to beat however make the sport a lot extra enjoyable studying how to take them down. arcade mode is enjoyable and difficult as well however beneficial solely to play after you might have completed the sport in story mode. Huntdown has controller help which I attempted and labored completely for me, even made the sport a bit of simpler to play. If you want 2D arcade shooter model video games Huntdown is value the buy, time spent on and I positively suggest giving this sport a strive it is rather pleasant.

Nick Meyer

I actually like the “try before you buy” IAP mannequin. Huntdown provides you a pleasant thought of what you might be in retailer for, and any followers of run-n-gun facet scrollers equivalent to Contra or Gunstar Heroes will really feel proper at house. I actually like the menu screens; as they present you what boss you’re going to face, together with a bit of background of the state of affairs.

The contact controls are respectable, customization choices can be found. The sport additionally helps controllers and comes bundled with an Apple TV model. The sound design is nice, with a thumping soundtrack that retains the motion going. All-around: I’m having a good time with Huntdown and I’d suggest it extremely. 8.6/10

Oksana Ryan

I actually loved this sport. There had been no fancy graphics or difficult controls, however it was nonetheless a terrific wanting sport. From its retro arcade model, its soundtrack (together with a deep-voiced introduction like the quaint film trailers) and straightforward to use controls, it ticked loads of containers. The storyline provides you missions and facet missions which can be simple to observe and never too straightforward to full – that means the sport gained’t be over too shortly, so worth for cash. All in all a very good sport and I’d positively suggest it.

Karl Nuttall

Huntdown is a sport that appears and performs like a 90s arcade facet-scrolling shooter and does it very well. You begin off with an intro after which choose a bounty Hunter from three solely distinction is their look and throwable weapon. You have now been given your task after which shoot your method to them you’ll be able to improve your gun on the method by selecting up weapons. Besides the foremost bounty, there are some small ones you’ll be able to select to accumulate as well.

You do come throughout various kinds of enemies with varied weapons and a few it’s greatest to take cowl however you’ll be able to simply run in all weapons blazing, and also you then proceed to the foremost bounty you had been assigned the finish of degree boss. The controls I discovered had been spot very responsive the solely subject I had was the leap button, you’ll be able to change the d-pad to an arcade purple or blue joystick and they are often repositioned and resized. You get a narrative mode and an arcade mode. Overall I’d suggest this.

Brian Wigington

I simply visited an arcade yesterday and Huntdown would really feel proper at house with all the traditional quarter munchers. The sport begins by selecting 1 of three characters every with a unique beginning throwing weapon as well as to the normal weapons loadout. The goal in Story mode is to search out totally different bosses as your foremost goal whereas taking pictures your method via many unhealthy guys. The ranges have a little bit of verticality to them which permits for some technique, particularly in boss fights. There are a number of weapon varieties that may drop from enemies that act as varieties of energy upside till you run out of ammo.

I really like the duck and canopy system when taking up teams of enemies. There is a good bit of problem with the enemies and managers and their varied assault patterns. The pixel graphics handle to have loads of element and funky 90s model results. I’m very happy with the controls general and admire controller help as well. Huntdown is the excellent “one more try” sport for my part. It’s a good problem with honest play mechanics. I positively suggest this sport if you happen to get pleasure from loads of retro motion with respectable selection and a few replayability.


Huntdown is a retro feel and look run and gun facet scroller. I used to be initially apprehensive that the pixel model could look a bit stretched on a giant pill-sized display screen however it really appears unbelievable, the colors, artwork model and sound mix to create a retro but fashionable feeling sport. It jogged my memory of video games from the period that you simply both performed in the arcade for hours and hours or on your private home pc earlier than they had been PC’s. It’s the kind of sport that’s straightforward to get into that you simply didn’t want a tutorial to play earlier than you had any thought what was occurring, however exhausting sufficient to maintain you coming again for extra as you bought higher the extra you performed.

The controls are tight and supported a controller so you’ll be able to play whichever method fits you, each choices work nice. There are plenty of sport mechanics in the combine right here, cowl taking pictures, a number of weapon varieties, finish of degree bosses and so on however all of them mix well and you’ll see whoever coded this has a love for the style. I might go on and on about the sport however if you happen to like run and gun video games, that is for you, don’t even give it some thought, get it. Probably certainly one of the greatest video games I’ve reviewed on right here.

Isaiah Stuart

Huntdown is a retro-impressed arcade shooter with loads of motion and platforming. The gameplay and visible design are wonderful and actually achieve creating an environment. I like this sport rather a lot. However, the controls are atrocious. It is all too straightforward to hit the mistaken button, which, in a sport as tight and troublesome as this one, can lead to some irritating and premature deaths. There are few customization choices as well, which implies you might have to put up with and alter to the irritating controls. All in all these issues aren’t large enough to put me off from shopping for the sport, however they definitely have incurred my wrath.

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