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.

The app was not found in the store. :-(

The app was not found in the store. :-(