In the hunting part 2, get ready to go into the woods.
And stay there.
Just to recap, the Hunting part one is sort of a brilliant first person game shot entirely on iPhones in which you wake up to find the zombie apocalypse happening all around you. The game is a bit short but as a freebee it feels like a great preview for upcoming chapters. Chapter two picks up just at the moment part one left off at.
The game looks good. It’s shot very nicely and the transitions are very well put together which can be quite tough when your filming a game where there are changes based on the players choices.
The sound design is quite good as well with subtle sounds and groans off in the background great grinding footsteps and the way the heart beat of the protagonist comes in strong when he’s biking, running or scared and then fades back once he’s able to calm down.
The game concept is good but the free preview episode was better than the second part.
First of all the game is just too short with hardly any game play at all save for some misleading choices. When presented with two choices, pick one, it disappears leaving you, only the other choice. So the whole idea of making choices that affect the outcome of the story is pretty misleading. It’s a bit of a let down.
The game has the character heading into the woods where he encounters a little girl whom he then has to chase after. He follows the little girl into the woods. . .
. . . and deeper into the woods . . .
. . . and more woods . . .
Basically anyone watching me play the game would have seen me just watching a video of the woods.
That’s pretty much all that happens.
The other problem with the game is that it takes the premise of the zombie apocalypse and tosses it out the window in exchange for a creepy ghost story? The little girl is apparently some sort of horror and here you are trying to chase after her through the woods. It’s a good sign that there is something off with the game when even the main character says he doesn’t want to go on anymore. At one point the speaking icon comes up and when tapped the “hero” whines that he doesn’t want to go after the girl anymore.
So what does he do? Does he turn away? Does he go a different direction? Nope, not in this game. In this game you just plug along down the one path you’ve got, through the woods and on and on.
Is it worth picking up?
Well it’s only a buck so if you liked the first one then it’s certainly worth getting but don’t get your hopes up. And like the first game, I’ll make the same complaint I made about the first game. There just doesn’t seem to be a need for these to be separate apps when they could just a easily be sold through a single app as in-app purchases. I think that one factor would dissuade or at least minimize the feeling that the game is too short.
Still in all the game has a lot going for it and perhaps they’ll release an update that makes it even better?