Deer Hunter Reviews (Windows)

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Gaming Age (1997)
After playing Deer Hunter, I'm not surprised it's selling so well. At a price of $19.99, it's an affordable addition to any gamer's collection, especially one who enjoys hunting or realistic simulations. WizardWorks has a winner, and the good news for Deer Hunter fans is that they've developed a Deer Hunter expansion pack, "Deer Hunter: Extended Season", with new locations to hunt and new weapons and tools to hunt with.
Game Revolution (Jun 05, 1998)
For the low price of $20, Deer Hunter is a must buy for hunting fans. I don't hunt but I still found Deer Hunter to be a satisfying experience. It's an excellent hunting simulation and shows that you don't need big bucks to make a best seller (Clint, don't make us hunt you down... - Ed.). Other gamers should re-read my warning above that Deer Hunter isn't a Bambi bloodbath or killfest. As for Deer Hunter: Extended Season; if you didn't get enough of Deer Hunter, then go and get it. Otherwise, it doesn't offer much to gameplay and you can save the money for Rocky Mountain Trophy Hunter...
The developers of Deer Hunter sure did something right — copies of this game are flying off the shelves more quickly than ammo at an NRA rally. If you don’t understand the phenomenon, then you probably never will. But the fact is, as simplistic as it tends to be, Deer Hunter is a fun little hunting game. The sense of waiting in the woods, tracking that elusive prize, has been captured with great authenticity. And hey, gamers are always complaining that there’s nothing original out there. Deer Hunter is original, enjoyable, and could very well open the doors to other hunting simulations that will expand on the premise, and usher in a whole new genre in PC gaming.
PC Jeux (Apr, 1998)
Dépaysant au premier abord, Chasseur de daims révèle rapidement ses limites : peu d'actions possibles et seulement trois zones de chasse.
Gamezilla (1997)
I thought Deer Hunter was a moderately fun game, but not something that I plan to keep on my system for much longer. Since I've actually gone deer hunting, I appreciate the little touches that Deer Hunter adds to the game to make it realistic, but the whole idea of a hunting simulation escapes me. The good thing about Deer Hunter is the lack of blood and gore. You are mercifully spared the task of gutting and cleaning the deer, but likewise, you miss the wonderful flavor of a well-seasoned venison steak in onion gravy. Lip-smackin' good!
GameSpot (Mar 09, 1998)
While Deer Hunter may be fun and charming the first few times you play the game, it doesn't go much beyond that.
Hunts in DEER HUNTER are just a matter of waiting and watching for the deer to saunter up to your spot. You then shoot the deer and start a new hunt. This waiting and watching may be realistic, but in a computer game it gets really boring, really fast.
Deer hunting, perhaps even more than fishing, involves patience. Unless you're going to give the gamer something more (like moving about his or her environment, or lots of multimedia extras as in Trophy Bass), reducing this patient activity to a computer screen results in boredom. Deer Hunter takes some good first steps, but it has a long way to go to make a good computer game. Give it the Sierra treatment (Trophy Buck, anyone?) and you'd have the potential for a great game; as it is now, however, all you get is a gamey taste