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. It takes place within a massive three-dimensional world where you are essentially a James Bond with objectives to complete in various missions. These are far reaching and the key to success is strategic exploration, communication, and common sense. For example, don't drive off without remembering to first find a jerrycan. Why not look for a medkit too, you never know... It's always a good idea to stock up on extra ammo and to find (and use) a map!

However, I often boot up Hunter to drive around its humungous world to explore and blow stuff up... life can be boring, so why not create a little mayhem and have yourself some fun! Actually, this freedom is my favourite aspect of Hunter because the player is completely free to roam and go almost anywhere they choose to do anything they like.

It's incredible, why not ride a wonky-looking bike or get some fresh air and go out for a country walk and watch the birds fly? The hippie in you might wanna go for a swim with the fish or enjoy chasing little cute rabbits... But why would you do any of this when you can instead drive an army jeep, steer a speedboat or pilot a helicopter? Heck, you can even hop into a tank and blow stuff up, like somebody's house like a true psychopath!! lol

In some respects, this is many years ahead of its time and comparisons have even been made to newer games like GTA and Battlefield 1942. Even when played properly (yeah I should do that more!) it's an immersive and engrossing experience with taxing missions which often require a tactical and explorational approach. The emphasis is always on your freedom and that extends into how you choose to complete the mission because there is no linear path to follow.

Hunter is extraordinary and I guarantee its one of the best 16-bit games you shall ever experience.

LINKS

 - 8BitChip have created a hard drive installation version which I highly recommend.
 - Stonish has lots of floppy disks and I think Zuul #160 is the best.
 - Here is an entertaining video of Hunter (not for kids)
 - Another video which is very interesting. . .
 - Don't ruin this amazing game ... but... here are some co-ordinates you might 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