Sunday, September 27, 2015

Codename HUNTER


Hunter was released by Activision in 1991 and many consider it one of the first open world / sandbox productions. I think this is so relevant to today's modern gamer who might think there was nothing before GTA or Battlefield.

Hunter takes place within a massive three-dimensional world. You are essentially James Bond with objectives to complete in various missions. These are far reaching and the key to success is tactical exploration, communication, and common sense. So remember extra fuel for your transportation, pick up a medkit, stock up on ammo, follow a map, etc... However, I often load up Hunter to drive around its huge map, blow stuff up and create mayhem! Actually, this is my favorite aspect of Hunter - freedom. Yes, you are completely free to roam, go almost anywhere you choose and do anything you like. Ride a wonky-looking bike or get some fresh air and on a country walk but why would you do either when you can instead drive an army jeep, steer a boat or pilot a helicopter? You can even hop into a tank and blow stuff up, like somebody's house! Heck, you might simply be happy chasing cute little rabbits or swimming with the fish. Mission... pah, what mission?

In some respects, it's years ahead of its time and many comparisons have lately been made to games like GTA and Battlefield 1942. Even when played properly (yeah I should do that more!) it's an immersive and engrossing experience. Emphasis is always on freedom and that extends to completing a mission however you see fit because there is no linear path to follow. Hunter is extraordinary and I guarantee its one of the best ever 16-bit games, ever.

LINKS

 - AtariMania has Hunter in their ST database website.
 - 8BitChip have created a hard drive installation version which I highly recommend.
 - Floppy disk images are available via Old Games Finder.
 - Here is an entertaining video of Hunter (not for kids)
 - Another video which is very interesting. . .
 - I do not endorse cheating but here are some co-ordinates you should find useful :
           --> Security pass : 90, 153
           --> Master key : 164, 169
           --> Old man : 181, 197
           --> Second man : 99, 61
           --> Third man (In rock) : 195, 119
           --> Professor : 49, 115
           --> Prisoner : 135, 239
           --> Injured man : 10, 36
           --> Antibiotics and saw : 151, 121
           --> Monk (in tree stump) : 85, 174
           --> Scroll : 91, 173
           --> Disk : 100, 225
           --> Computer : 244, 199
           --> General's bunker : 135, 239
           --> Officer's red uniform : 190, 65