Bounty Hunter review (iOS/Universal)

May 5, 2011

“I’m a Bounty Hunter, I’ll hunt you down
Yes I will”

10 word description: Retro inspired top-down arcade style racer / shooter survival game.

10 word review: Very retro 80’s driving. Simple gameplay, fairly tough. Cool music.

You will like this if you enjoy: Retro iOS games; Spy Hunter (remember that one?)

The good news: The simple concept is instantly accessible. 8-Bit Weapon soundtrack does a lot to enhance the experience.

The bad news: Controls feel slightly cramped on iPod/iPhone and painfully awkward on iPad. Different options for left/right control would be nice. The car doesn’t crash as much as merge with other vehicles – crashes would be more fun.

Arcadelife verdict: How far back in time do you want to go? This is like a Spectrum driving game based on something you might have seen in an arcade in about 1981. Font, graphics, music … it’s all so retro it’s almost too much to handle in bursts of more than a few minutes. It’s genius, obviously, but the controls and weird crashing (not crashing) could do with a bit of help.

Apart from the controls – please at least sort out control position for iPad or add a relative touch option for left/right movement – this is a pretty good retro racer/shooter. The closest comparison I can think of is Spy Hunter or Bump ‘n’ Jump but neither of those are exactly the same as this.

Arcadelife rating: 66/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.45
iTunes link

Biffco Games website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.2)
iPad (OS 4.3.2)


  1. Thanks for the review. I have been looking into options for tilt, joystick or touch position controls, I will work on a good implementation for them. thanks for the feedback!

  2. just a quick update to say v1.6 is now out which has a less cramped and and improved control layout!

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