Turkey Hunt no Turkey Blast

Spoiler alert! This seasons crop of Thanksgiving games shines only in comparison to this year’s crop of Halloween games. Turkey Blast: Reloaded and Turkey Hunt HD Premium both involve shooting turkeys. Sadly, that’s not a metaphor, but it may feel that way after playing a few rounds. Turkey Blast wins any competition, hands down, for three stars.

It’s game day Friday, and I thought I would review a Thanksgiving game in honor of next week’s holiday. I found a couple of turkey shooters, Turkey Blast: Reloaded and Turkey Hunt HD Premium. The names do a pretty good job of describing both.

Turkey Hunt HD Premium lowered the price from $4 to free for the holidays, but even for free I would recommend Turkey Blast: Reloaded. You can also download Turkey Hunt HD Jumbo for free. Jumbo is essentially premium with ad banners.

I can sum up Turkey Hunt HD Premium in less than a paragraph:1 Different turkeys move around a fall background. If you touch them all the game loads a new level with a new background and more, slightly faster turkeys.

Turkey Hunt HD Premium consists of turkey cutouts moving around different fall landscapes. The wings don’t flap, the legs don’t run. Touch one and it simply disappears./h5>

The graphics are little more than paper turkey cutouts. The only animation involves the cutouts moving faster and faster. Try as hard as I can to like it, I just can’t warm up to it.

Turkey Blast: Reloaded feels more like a real iPad game. It’s also free, or you can buy the Pro version for $1. The animation is crude but cute; the turkeys flap their wings, change direction, squawk and turn into roasted turkeys when they die. Or burn to a crisp if you have a bomb.

The animation in Turkey Hunt looks like someone actually spent time with it. It feels like shooting Underdog, if Underdog was a turkey.

You have a minute to shoot 20 turkeys. You can also shoot parachuting gifts which could give you extra coins, weapons or time. The turkeys could be flying or running on the ground. The better you do, the more coins you earn to buy additional weapons, turkeys, trees, backgrounds and even levels. You can even buy special decorative items like jello or milk and cookies for Santa.

Jello is just one of the weapons you can buy to hunt turkeys. My parents could never get me to eat Jello, and my son Bryan didn’t like it any better. Good to know it’s good for something.

You can also buy items with real coins, thanks to in-app purchases. Normally I would scoff, but you can buy 100,000 coins for a dollar and that will buy a lot of swag or unlock several levels. If you like the game, this doesn’t feel like it’s too bad a deal.

This isn’t a game I imagine I would invest a lot of time in. In fact, I never hit 20 turkeys before I stopped playing. That being said, I know kids that would play and I would certainly download it to stop my kids from whining for an hour or two.

Jenny Manytoes rates Turkey Blast: Reloaded

Jenny Manytoes would take a nap next to Turkey Blast: Reloaded. At least the birds look scared when you line them in your sights. Turkey Hunt HD Premium doesn’t fare nearly as well. It’s a one trick pony and other ponies do the trick better.

1This is a bit of a misnomer since you can’t really have less than a paragraph. Unless you type a phrase or incomplete sentence. English teachers could quibble over the essential characteristics of a paragraph, but one sentence followed by a paragraph return qualifies. So when I say “less than a paragraph,” I’m being disingenuous. Perhaps I should have written, “less than the length of the footnote.” back

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat

  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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