Multiple ducks, hunting dog, score, shots, ducks remaining
Skills required / taught:
Shoot all ducks before they fly
Duck Hunt is a video game for the Nintendo in which players shoot
ducks on screen for points. The game was released in 1984 in Japan.
The ducks appear one or two at a time, and the player is given three
shots to shoot them down. Duck Hunt was one of the two original
pack-in titles for the first release of the game system.
How it Works
The game has three modes: one-duck, two-duck, and a third mode
called "clay pigeon shooting". The clay pigeons are much smaller
than the ducks, and, in later rounds, require faster reaction time
to shoot down than the ducks.
Throughout the game, the player is accompanied by a nameless dog.
Before every level, the dog sniffs around a grassy area, then jumps
into it barking excitedly when he smells ducks. After that, he
either does one of two things for a player: retrieves the ducks a
player shoots and congratulates them, or laughs at them for missing.
Since then, the nameless dog has passed into video gaming folklore.
Consistent or Random - If you are creating different levels of your
game you would most likely want each level to be consistent each
time it was played. If your game does not have levels you might want
the game to be different each time. Players expect level 1 of Super
Mario Bros. to be the same each time they play it. Players expect a
game of poker to be different each time its played.
Humor - In Duck Hunt the dog contributes nothing to the bottom line
game play. However, the game wouldn't be the same without it.
Consider congratulating your player for accomplishing a goal and
possibly making a little fun if they fall short, there's nothing
like a little extra insentive.