If you have pleasant memories of blasting ducks on your NES, then a new version of “Duck Hunt” on the Web will allow you to relive your youth using modern Web standards.
The results are really quite impressive. The animation is really quite fluid, even better than anything I’ve ever seen in Flash.
The best part of the game is the sound effects. Instead of the classic NES sounds you know and love, there is a male voice (presumable Surabian’s) instead. When the dog sniffs along the ground, he says “Bark!” followed by “Hey! There’s ducks over there!” When you shoot one of the ducks, you hear “thud” when they hit the ground, and if you miss any the dog actually laughs at you.
If that’s not enough, you can completely customize the game with the Level Creator. You can choose how many waves in each level, how many ducks to start with, how many bullets you have, how long each wave lasts, and the difficulty. There’s a warning that extreme settings may crash the browser, but I experimented with it a little bit and that never happened.
One drawback to the game is that, according to Surabian, it doesn’t work very well on the iPad.
This is a very cool game nonetheless. It’s based on open Web standards instead of the proprietary Flash, so if more developers build games this way, developers won’t be at the mercy of companies like Apple or Adobe and can build the games they want, their way without having to worry about having the rug pulled out from under them in the future.
If you liked this, check out our posts on a (fake) trailer for a 3-D “Duck Hunt” movie, and on video game decals, as well as a “Duck Hunt” lamp that includes the famous Nintendo orange “Zapper” gun.