Game Introduction – Deer Hunter 2014
Deer Hunter 2014 is a simplified hunting simulation game created by Glu Games. It may not involve any stalking or coating yourself in animal fluids, but bagging the right animal can still be quite tricky if you aren’t properly prepared. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.
Quick Start Guide
- Before you can start racking up those trophy kills, you’ll need to install the game. Fortunately it’s a lot easier than getting a hunting license! Just click on the “Play Now!” button at the top of this page and you’re good to go.
- The very first thing you’ll see when starting up Deer Hunter 2014 for the first time is a confirmation screen for push notifications. Whether or not you enable them is up to you, but know that there’s a fair bit of waiting for energy to recharge and for upgrades to be applied to weapons, so it’s something to consider.
- After a handful of hunts that will familiarize you with the basic controls you’ll be tossed into the game proper, and be able to start choosing your hunts on the map.
Menus & Interface
- From the main screen you’ve got two important buttons: Options (for toggling music, notifications, and dealing with Game Center stuff) and Play.
- Once you’ve selected Play, you’ll see a display of your current energy reserves, level, cash and gold, equipped weapons (primary and secondary), weapon stats, and buttons to enter the Weapon Shop, Swap Out or Upgrade weapons, and move to the Next screen.
- Back – go back to the title screen.
- Swap Out – allows you to select any of your owned weapons as Primary or Secondary.
- Upgrade – you can spend cash (or gold, which is premium currency) to incrementally upgrade your owned weapons. Note that after a certain point, upgrades will begin to take a certain amount of real time to be “delivered” in addition to their cost.
- Arrow Buttons – switch back and forth (either by tapping or swiping) between Primary and Secondary weapons.
- Weapon Shop – browse a selection of Rifles, Assault Rifles, Shotguns, and Pistols – some of which can only be purchased with premium currency. Also note that certain weapons can only be purchased when you have an Internet connection.
- Next – proceed to the map screen to select a hunt.
- On the map screen you’ll see a number of different hunts that will change as you progress. Tap on a hunt icon to view its details which include energy cost, targets, special conditions, rewards, and requirements.
- Different kinds of hunts present different challenges. Contract Hunts typically involve picking off a set number of specific targets within a time limit, usually as several make a break for it. Trophy Hunts are special encounters with a number of special rare animals in the area, each with a specific set of weapon requirements that must be met before they can be hunted. Hunting Series is a more traditional style of hunt for more common prey.
- The icons just above the Go Hunt button in a hunt’s details explain the requirements. A yellow Caution sign means you don’t have the recommended weapon but can still attempt a hunt; a red Exclamation means you don’t have the required loadout and can’t hunt; and a green Check mark means you’re good to go.
- You can also swipe the screen to switch between the other hunting regions – North Africa and British Columbia. Note that neither region will be available until you’ve completed all the Trophy Hunts in the region before it. You’ll also have to download the new regions if you want to use them, but they’re free and can be pre-loaded whenever you have online access.
- There are two major types of hunts to complete – Hunting Series and Contract Hunt – but first we’re going to go over the basics.
- At the beginning of each hunt you’ll be reminded of your target(s). Once you’re ready, press “Begin.”
- Yet another reminder of your target and possible special hunt conditions will be displayed at the top right corner of the screen, directly above an awareness indicator. When this icon starts to flash, it means your target is getting ready to run either away from you or directly at you in the event you’re going after a carnivore.
- On both the left and right sides of the screen are arrow buttons for moving horizontally around a small section of the environment. It may seem unnecessary, but sometimes your target will be positioned behind a tree or otherwise out of sight, so don’t knock them.
- You can also slide a finger around the middle portion of the screen to adjust your aim and look around to an extent.
- On the bottom left portion of the screen is the Target button, which will aim down the current weapon’s sights or through the scope if it has one.
- Continuing to the right, there are two buttons for special power-up items (hollow point bullets for more damage and sports drinks that slow down time), one to Swap between weapons, the Fire button, and above that the Reload button.
- When looking down the sights or scope, the name of the animal in the crosshairs will be displayed on the right side of the screen for easy identification. Also to hopefully prevent you from shooting the wrong thing and alerting your primary target.
- A slider along the right side of the crosshairs when looking through the scope will adjust the zoom.
- Scoped weapons also offer an infrared view, which can be toggled using the button directly to the right of the Target button when using the scope. It makes spotting animals a lot easier at night, and will make the areas for heart and lung shots clearly visible – useful both for a little bonus cash rewards and for hunts that require specific kinds of hits. Know that this mode is limited in use for each hunt, but special batteries can be used in a pinch to extend the amount of time you can spend in it.
- Hunting Series – the more typical of the available hunts, these involve taking down one or more targets in a fairly static setting. Animal placement will be different each time, but none of them will react until you fire your first shot so there’s time to plan out your moves and find the most beneficial angle.
- Contract Hunt – these hunts are much less about strategy and planning and much more about reaction time. A number of animals will fly/run through the environment, and you have a set amount of time to take the requisite number down. More complex (and rewarding) shots, such as hitting the lungs or the heart, are certainly possible, but it’s a lot tougher to pull off on fast-moving targets.
- Trophy Hunt – find and eliminate rare region-specific animals. It’s similar to the Hunting Series, only the requirements are often much higher (as is the payoff). Once all of these hunts have been completed in a region, the next one will become available.
- Club Hunt – join your friends, work together to complete special goals, and try to earn some major rewards in the process. It’s a “global cooperative challenge” that, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to be accessible unless you possess a Club Hunt Permit. And as of this writing the only way I’ve found to acquire them is by paying real money.
Tips and tricks
- Pay attention to hunt recommendations. While you can still partake with a less than ideal weapon, it will often force you to take several shots against each target, which will put you in danger of running out of time.
- Don’t get overzealous with the upgrades. It might be tempting to go nuts and max out a weapon’s damage, but when some hunts require a set amount of stability or zoom, you’ll end up grinding through a lot of Contract Hunts in order to meet the criteria.
- Infrared is your friend. It’s ideal for locating targets with dark fur on night hunts and the easiest way to accurately target internal organs. I know I said not to go nuts with the upgrades, but feel free to max out infrared early. It’s cheap in comparison to most other upgrades and the extra time you can spend using it can be a huge help.
- Failing a hunt isn’t the end of the world. It might be irritating to feel like you’ve just wasted precious energy on an unsuccessful hunt, but even when you lose you still come away with a little cash.
- Try for lung/heart shots whenever possible. Not only do these hits do more damage (typically dropping a target in one hit), they also add a little cash bonus at the end of the hunt.
- When going after multiple targets, try to take an angle that groups them together. The standard bolt-action rifles will prevent you from taking consecutive shots, so the less time you have to spend relocating targets the better.
- When going after multiple aggressive targets (i.e. wolves bears, etc), target the nearest one first. This is because once they’re aware of your presence they’ll charge you and try to eat your face. So the further away they are, the more time you have to bring them down. However…
- Sometimes it’s better to let carnivores get close. It may sound counter-intuitive, but when you have to kill two wolves with heart shots it can be a real hassle to line up one, and then try to track the second as it bolts straight at you. If you wait for it to get close (and switch to the shotgun, preferably), you should be able to nail it in the proper spot as it leaps at your head. Time also slows down for a couple of seconds and you get a really big Heart icon over the appropriate area, so that helps, too.
- Don’t bother with other animals. Unless they’re one of the targets for the hunt, you’ll get squat for taking them down.
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