Real Trophy Hunting sets its sights for the top hunting spot. Bags an average score.
By Andrew Reeves
Real Trophy Hunting has been in the app store now for about a month. Arguably the bigger brother to Real Deer Hunter, Sunstorm Interactive appears to be expanding on the success of a well received game. Layout of the game from opening menu to the actual hunt is very simple and takes only a few clicks to get into the action. If you want to adjust input type or other in-game options to suit your style of play, there are a handful of tweaks within the options menu. Most of the controls work relatively well, with the lowest sensitivity providing a good range of motion for small adjustments to your sights before having to pull out the binoculars for fine tuned shots. The only input method I had trouble with was the 'screen' setting. From what I can tell, you're supposed to be able to touch the screen somewhere in the middle and drag in either direction for continued panning across the hunting area until you let go. However this mode repeatedly failed to function as expected, with little to no response from even the widest of finger swipes across the screen. The claims made about the games realistic environments appear to be well founded until you start looking more closely. At first glance the scenery looks decent, and there is also attention to detail with specific trees and plants that are native to the area you are hunting in, but the magic dies once you zoom in anywhere. Animal rendering could have used a little more work as well. While I can tell that I am in fact shooting at a Bear, Elk, Moose, etc., and the movements are decently captured, I feel like it's the equivalent to shooting at an animated cardboard cutout most of the time. Thankfully the audio package is put together with a little more love than its visual counterpart. Everything from authentic weapon sounds and animals calls, to the environmental sounds you would expect to hear if you were out on the hunt. In terms of overall value, it's difficult to take too much away from Real Trophy Hunting. It has its fair share of flaws, but there has already been an update since the game released a few weeks ago to address stability issues, and the parts that work, work consistently. If you're looking for a versatile hunting game that offers a standard set of features and comes from a family of high scoring titles, Real Trophy Hunting may be the game for you.