Welcome to the beginner’s guide to Deer Hunter 2014! Deer Hunter is one of the original hunting game franchises, and Glu’s latest entry into the series on iOS and Android does not disappoint. Like the other games, this game puts you into a variety of different hunts, with many different guns, to hunt many different animals (not just deer, obviously). Read on for the beginner’s guide to Deer Hunter 2014!
At the beginning you start off in the Pacific Northwest. This is the first stage of the game. Here you will find deer, bears, deer, moose and ducks, all in a number of varieties. This is “stage one” of the game. The second stage will be North Africa, while the next one after that will be British Columbia.
There are a number of different stages to play in each stage. The main stage is the Hunting Series, which there is a limited but high number of in each stage. Playing this will help you progress and figure out which upgrades you need. The Trophy Hunt is the main, most difficult hunt. You have five rare animals that you have to kill per Trophy Hunt, and after you complete all five of the hunts, you will unlock the next region. Contract hunts, which are fairly random stages, will be available as well.
Trophy hunts cost you 2 energy to play, while every other type of hunt will cost you only 1 energy. They are worth it, though, because they will earn you far more Hunter Bucks whether you win or lose. Hunter Bucks are the main currency of the game, and are denoted by the icon that looks like a band of money. Generally, you earn Hunter Bucks for a win or a loss, and you earn 1/5 for a loss what you would for a win.
Different hunts require different types of guns although your main gun will always be your rifle. Your rifle will be required to be at a certain power level in order to play stages, and the upgrades for the rifle cost more than for the other guns. The rifle fires one bullet, and takes a long time to reload, but is very powerful.
Your other guns include the assault rifles, the pistols, and the shotgun. The assault rifle is similar to the rifle, except that it’s less powerful, but you can fire far more shots in a shorter period of time. The pistol is small and handheld, and can fire fairly quickly. The shotgun fires a cloud of shot out of the shells, and is very powerful but slow-firing.
There are many upgrades that you can put on your guns. Barrel upgrades will increase the power of your shot, while muzzle upgrades will increase the power and the stability of the gun. Stock will increase the stability, and sight will let you zoom in more. Infrared upgrades (which can only be done on a gun with an infrared-enabled scope) will increase the length of time that infrared lasts for on one battery charge. Capacity upgrades will increase the size of the clip, while ammo upgrades will greatly increase the power of each shot.
Initially, all of the upgrades can be done using Hunter Bucks, while later on, gold (the premium currency) will be added as an option. When you get to the point where each upgrade has to be imported, it takes five minutes or three gold to get the delivery done. Plus, later on and with enough currency, you can buy new guns with either hunter bucks or gold in the weapons shop.
Go to a hunt, and you will see a number of things. The mission objective is the first thing that will pop up. The scope button will be in the lower left corner, while in the upper right corner a caution sign will appear. At first it won’t be filled in, but it will gradually fill in, and once it fills in, the animal will either run away or attack you. Firing a shot and missing will cause the bar to fill up right away.
The infrared option will show up when you tap the scope. If you use it, you will be able to see the heat signature of all of the animals, and none of the surroundings, which will help when you need to pick dark animals out of dark surroundings. Once you use up the battery, hit the battery button to refill it. The sports drink option will cause every animal to run at half the speed, and the time to only fly half as fast. The hollowpoint power up will massively increase the power of each of your shots.
There are a ton of different missions, but the most frequent and most difficult of the missions will be to kill an animal with a heart or lung shot. Heart shots are very difficult; usually the heart is below and behind the lungs. The lungs are large – just aim at the middle of the animal’s chest and you should hit. Head and neck shots are also extra powerful – use the infrared to find an animal’s lungs, heart or brain easily.
Some of the heart shot missions will involve animals who will attack you when the caution sign is full, rather than run away. If you fire an errant shot, they will charge at you, and when they start to pounce, time will slow down and an outline of their heart or lungs (depending on which part you have to shoot) will appear. Fire a quick shot before you get attacked and you can score some easy kills. Wait too long, though, and you’ll be mauled and lose the hunt.
Still other missions include killing 4 or more animals. Usually these animals are stampeding from one side of the stage to the other, so you have to aim and fire as they are on the run. It’s still possible to score head and lung shots, but heart shots are flat out impossible (not that you really need them). It doesn’t matter where the shot hits as long as the animals get killed.