The Duck Hunter game is a fun and interactive target practice game for budding hunters and gaming enthusiasts. Since my two older boys are old enough to go hunting with hubs, this game seemed like a fun way for them to practice their skills safely.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed the Duck Hunt game taking turns chasing the Styrofoam duck across the yard as it dipped and dove in the air.
The duck itself is made of a lightweight Styrofoam which makes sense since the duck has to literally fly in the air. The wings are also made of a very light film with plastic mechanisms to frame the wings and that also allow them to flap.
Once you have batteries in the laser gun, it takes 10 seconds to charge the duck and then you can turn it on. Once it’s on, the wings will flap for 30-45 seconds before the duck starts slowing down and lands. Gently toss the duck into the air (like you would a paper airplane) and start aiming and shooting. A safe infrared beam is fired at the duck when you pull the trigger.
The gun has sounds that simulate when you’ve fired a shot. Plus, when you’ve hit the duck, it stops flapping for a second. You must re-pump the gun (like a rifle or a shotgun) with each shot. The object is to hit the duck three times before it slows down and needs recharged.
Despite how it’s advertised, this is not an inside toy or game. I shudder to think what would have happened to my lamps, the kids, the curtains, my ceiling lights, or the duck itself, if I had charged the duck up and set it free in my living room.
In my opinion, it’s also not made well enough to withstand rough play. Which means if you do play with it outside, as I told my kids they had to, and a good wind kicks up, your duck could hit a tree or take a rough nose dive to the ground. Our duck met an untimely death when Peanut became frustrated over its continuous flapping, even after it landed. He was afraid to pick it up so the poor duck got hit with a plastic bat that snapped one of its wings. The good news is that I was able to find replacement parts for the duck online.
Overall, this is a fun game for an older crowd, such as teens or adults but not younger kids (even the recommended 10 years of age). I’m not sure it’s something I’d buy for my own kids since it seems out of our price range for a game that may not make it through Christmas break.
Bug enjoyed it the Duck Hunter game the most and he was the best at being able to aim, shoot, reload and aim again before the duck slowed down and needed to be recharged.
You can buy the Duck Hunter Game at Toys R Us, Cabelas, and Amazon.com for $29.99
*Thank you to Interactive Toy company and Global Influence for providing the product for this review. *