If you're old enough to have been around for the coolest parts of the 20th century, you know Duck Hunt. I don't need to explain this, do I? No. You know all about the bright orange gun and that annoying little dog and getting frustrated and walking right up to the screen and shooting an 8-bit duck point blank in the pixel. This is your childhood. And now, it's on your phone in a fantastic clone that utilizes the gyroscope in the best possible way.

Ignoring for just a moment the silly AR mode (which actually didn't work very well when I tried it), Duck Retro Hunt has one advantage over the myriad of Duck Hunt clones on the Play Store: instead of using a touch screen, you have to aim your phone in a gyroscope-powered virtual world to shoot the little birds. Why is this better? Because the founding principle of Duck Hunt is using a surprisingly accurate, yet still somewhat clumsy aiming mechanism to fire. This is the essence of the game.

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Even if you choose to use the touch mode, it's not a simple affair. You don't tap on the ducks. No, that would be too easy. You actually have to drag the gun around. In my experience, this was worse than using the gyroscope, but that's just fine. Gyro mode is the closest to the physical experience of Duck Hunt I've had in ages.

The game is free on the Play Store, or you can buy the Pro version for $1.14 to remove ads.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.prosoftstudio.com/ Brandon Enriquez

    Ah the good memories of playing this game as a kid. Might have to pick this upto relive a few old memories.

  • zarlwilliam

    original light gun was grey, no? then they moved to orange.

    • Wayne Randall

      Yes. My light zapper was gray and off white. My replacement zapper was orange and off white.

      • jev

        Yeah, I guess the safety police came by and decided a big grey plastic gun with red nintendo written on the side with a cord coming from the grip looked too real. IDK

    • K.P. Smith
      • Matthew Fry


        • K.P. Smith

          Not intended that way. Was just an easy way to link to the multiple color variations of the zapper. Using LMGTFY is just a habit. Don't get me wrong, I'd use the same link for an idiot, but this is not that case.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    wasn't there a duck hunt game on the play store not too long ago, that got pulled for copyright infringement?

    download it while it's there, folks

    • hldc1

      Yeah. I think it was from the same developer. I uninstalled it though after notification bar ads starting popping up.

      • Matthew Fry

        Ugh. Are you saying *this* app that AP is highlighting has intrusive notification ads? I sure hope not. I don't want to have to screen things before installing things featured on AP.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          For what it's worth, I install every app that I write about. Obviously we can't screen them for intrusive ads entirely (I've had some that don't show up for a week), but at the very least, if it does something horrible like that in the time I play with it, you'll know. Or worst case, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that I'm in the same boat you are.

          We also try to keep an eye on shady developers and if this dev got in trouble for doing some shady shit, I can't find reference to it. There *are* ads in this one, but at worst, they're mildly annoying. No worse than most games I play.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            You mean you can't tell the future and don't have X-Ray vision that can scan every APK for hidden ads, @ocentertainment:disqus? SON I AM DISAPPOINT.

          • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

            seriously, you just let anyone in the door at AP now, huh? ;)

  • CeluGeek

    Forget the ducks! Can you shoot the darn dog in this version?

  • Aditya Gulia

    AR mode is so refreshing! As with all AR apps, it gives a hit-or-miss, but Fun experience nevertheless. The Target image/ Dollar bill, just need to be lying horizontal, and of course, in the camera's field of vision at all times.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Not to bash the developers, because I actually love this game, but I see exactly zero distinction between AR mode and gyro mode besides the background being whatever your camera sees or a bunch of blue squares.

      I kind of hate it when people call things "AR" just because it overlays stuff on your camera feed. Proper AR should *interact* with what the camera sees. Like by overlaying information of places of things while you're looking at them, or showing you where places are when you're looking in certain directions. Having my bedroom as the background for Duck Hunt adds nothing.

      Again, not to say that I dislike the developer. I just didn't try very hard to get AR mode to work because gyro mode is exactly the same thing, but better looking.

  • onpoint G

    WTF you had me at Duck hunt

  • GraveUypo

    oh, it's pretty fun. my father is going to love this

  • TJ Pawlak

    I readily admit I downloaded first and read the review later.

  • InfinityK

    First of all thanks for the great review, it is truly useful.
    I modestly reckon that the ads of the free version are not significantly intrusive, but if they are causing any problems we will reduce them.
    We are preparing a new update that will solve some issues:
    * Support for devices which do not have rear camera (without AR mode though).
    * More instructions on how to play with AR mode.
    The AR mode is kind of fresh; however, I agree with the author, it does not add a great value to the controls. It is useful for showing it to other people but not for gameplay purposes. We are experimenting with new gameplays in which AR controls may be more helpful and innovative.
    Again, thank you for the review and also to all the comments (both positive and negative). Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dustin.barksdale Dustin Barksdale

    This app looks like it was pulled.