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View Poll Results: The Best Retro Zapper Game?
Adventures of Bayou Billy, The 3 6.25%
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting 1 2.08%
Duck Hunt 26 54.17%
Gotcha! 4 8.33%
Hogan's Alley 7 14.58%
Lone Ranger, The 1 2.08%
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Wild Gunman 6 12.50%
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The best Retro Light Gun Game?

Adventures of Bayou Billy, The
Your best girl Annabelle has been kidnapped by the evil Gordon, the "gangster king of Bourbon Street", and as Bayou Billy it is your job to get her back! Bayou Billy as an arcade action game with three different types of gameplay: fighting, shooting, and driving. The fighting sections take place in both swamps and cities, where you can punch, kick, and jump kick the numerous enemies (and swamp creatures!) you will encounter. The shooting section can be played with either the Nintendo Light Zapper or the controller. You have a limited amount of ammo to get through the level, and if you run out you lose a life. In the driving section your jeep is armed with machine guns and grenades to help get past the many enemy vehicles on the way to your destination. There is a total of nine levels, or you can play in the practice mode which lets you choose to play a fighting, shooting, or driving round individually.

Barker Bill's Trick Shooting
Pull out the Zapper Light Gun, and blast a variety of objects in Barker Bill's Trick Shooting. The game starts out simple enough; shoot rising balloons while avoiding the happy-go-lucky dog. As you get through each stage, the challenges become more difficult. Each level offers a new challenge, including Balloon Saloon, Flying Saucers, Window Pains and Fun Follies.

Duck Hunt
In Duck Hunt you need to use the Nintendo's light zapper to shoot ducks which your trusty dog scares out of the swamp. Either one or two ducks fly out at a time, and you have three shots and a limited amount of time to shoot the ducks before they fly away. Each round only allows a limited number of misses in order to move on successfully. As the rounds progress, the ducks begin flying faster and faster, and fewer misses are allowed. After you've mastered hunting ducks, you can move on to the target range and practice shooting clay pigeons. The rules here are the same with only three shots to destroy two clay pigeons before they disappear off the horizon. Destroy enough clay pigeons to move on to the next, tougher round.

Gotcha!
Point and Click Zapper action. Gotcha the Sport is a capture-the-flag style game played with paint ball guns. Your mission is to get through the level, capture the enemy flag by shooting it, and return it to your base. All while trying not to get shot by the other team, or run out of ammo. Graphically, I would have to say Gotcha was designed and implemented fairly well. The backgrounds and characters are detailed and well-drawn, and the animation is clean. The real disappointment here is that they only bothered to make three levels, which loop indefinitely.

The sounds and music in Gotcha the Sport are nothing special, you might end up muting this one after a while. Gotcha is one of the few Light Gun games which allows you to control where you move as targets present themselves. This requires a bit of ambidexterity when holding a controller in one hand and a Zapper in the other, but using the mouse actually makes it easier. Getting the flag and making it back home gives you something to do besides just endlessly shoot up the other team, which adds significantly to the fun of the game. Also you can choose whether to concentrate on shooting as many as you can, or just getting the flag as quickly as possible. Of course, you are on a time limit so you can't just stop and wait to shoot everyone you see.
Accuracy is pretty important because you have limited ammo, but ammo is available during the game. Ammo boxes can be found sitting on the ground or carried by enemies in the background. Interestingly, it seems that only misses cost you ammo, so if you always hit you'll get a huge bonus for leftover ammunition.

Hogan's Alley
This game involves the use of the Nintendo Light Zapper, and has, truly, no plot. You are in the police station doing target practice, either with three targets at a time with at least one innocent person, or in an alley with both good and bad targets in windows and walking on the sidewalk. Then there's Trick Shot, where you shoot the cans, trying to make them land in a slot for points, or at least not let them fall to the ground.

Lone Ranger, The
The Lone Ranger Rides Again! Butch Cavendish, the outlaw who killed our hero's brother and brothers-in-arms, has now kidnapped the President of the United States! Now you must ride out on a mission of rescue and vengeance, as the Lone Ranger. Save the President and defeat the villain who destroyed the Texas Rangers!
The Lone Ranger game uses both the control pad and the light gun. Once you get the hang of it, it's a really fun game. Walk around talking to townspeople and killing the Cavendish Gang members. There are doctors in town if you are wounded, and a gun shop. Keep well stocked in bullets, and you can also buy better weapons and Dynamite. The stages that were designed for the light gun can be done with the control pad but it gets pretty hectic, since it takes time to move the cursor around the screen.

Shooting Range

Wild Gunman
As a lawman in the old west, you carry around a tin star and your NES Zapper. Your goal to to chase down outlaws and then win out over them in a fast-draw competition. Simply put, wait for your opponent to say "Fire" and then shoot first and shoot fast to win.

Wild Gunman can be played against one bandit, two bandits or in Gang mode where you shoot them as they appear in the doors and windows of an old saloon.
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The best Retro Light Gun Game?

I'm torn between Hogan's Alley and Barker Bill's Trick Shooting. Guess I'll vote for both.
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The best Retro Light Gun Game?

As nostalgin as Duck Hunt is, it's gotta be Hogan's Alley.
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The best Retro Light Gun Game?

Duck Hunt is the most famous but I think it is the worst game on the list. Mind numbing repeating levels that go on forever.

I liked the Sega counterpart - Safari Hunt - slightly more. At least it had a cool sound track and three different repeating levels.
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The best Retro Light Gun Game?

I've always thought all games that involve shooting things are the same game in a different place.
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I've always thought all games that involve shooting things are the same game in a different place.
There are two games that take the Light Gun in a new direction. The Adventures of Bayou Billy and The Lone Ranger. Unfortunately both of them were lacking in other aspects of gaming.

Also, Wild Gunmen does it slightly different. It lets you play out a "10 paces at high noon" scenario.
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The best Retro Light Gun Game?

In Gumshow, didn't you shoot your character to make him jump or something? That was a little different.

And I wasn't just talking light gun for NES. I was talking all games ever that involve shooting people or things.
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The best Retro Light Gun Game?

For my main vote, I've got to give mad props to Hogan's Alley. Not only did that game have a pretty neat concept for the main story, it had the best sub-game of it's time; the can shooter! Man, me and my relatives and friends would play that for hours just trying to see who could get the best score on that silly thing. It was terrific.

My sub-vote belongs to Duck Hunt. Sure, it's repetetive and doesn't have much in the way of a soundtrack, but it was the pioneer of the genre for home consoles. It will always have a special place in my heart, especially since I had to buy mine when I was a kid. I didn't get that blasted 2-in-1 cart with SMB and Duck Hunt on it like all you whipper-snappers who bought it later in its life. Back when Light Zappers were grey, not red. :mrgreen:
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The best Retro Light Gun Game?

I have a gray light gun, but I have SMB/Duck Hunt on one cartridge.
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The best Retro Light Gun Game?

Definitely Duck Hunt, it's a classic!
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Re: The best Retro Light Gun Game?

Gotcha! with Duck Hunt being a close 2nd.
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Re: The best Retro Light Gun Game?

Duck Hunt is the rememberable game of all of it's genre. Wild Gunman is my favorite. I only played it once, but boy was it fun.

If the Dreamcast count as retro nowadays, Virtua Cop deserves mention as well. Good times.
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