Deer Hunter X: Operation Worldsaver

Mike Sennott

Before joining Universal Happymaker, Mike Sennott lived in a series of forests.  In one of those forests, he made this game.  Please bear in mind that this is a pre-UHM work, cruelly exhumed here solely for archival purposes.  And because I still think it’s kinda funny.

Play DHX on Mike’s old-timey website (it’s on Kongregate too, but the sound quality is higher here)

Watch DHX Flash trailer

DHX:  Redefining the hunting game.  As awesome.

You’ve seen deer hunting games before.  They’ve become ubiquitous, populating arcades, truck stops, bars, and movie theaters.  Each challenges players with a distinct goal: to shoot a deer.  Of course, it is never as simple as it sounds.  Sometimes a tree may be in the way.  Sometimes the deer may move to the left, or even to the right.

Yet many devoted video game players dismiss these deer hunting simulations as trivial and uninspiring.  “Why shoot a deer,” they cry, to an unhearing cabinet, “when I could shoot a zombie or ecoterrorist?  What is my motivation for shooting these deer?  What is the ultimate goal?  Why, why should I challenge myself to become the best deer hunter in the land?”

I have heard these apocryphal cries, and taken them to heart.  The world needs a different kind of deer hunting game.  One designed with the same quality and innovation as the finest of AAA console games.  One featuring cinematic storytelling, teeming with action and adventure.  One that unites the most hardcore of gamers with the most casual of passersby, inviting them to witness a revolution.  The world needs Deer Hunter X: Operation Worldsaver.

Expert hunter Aronn Deersbane is beginning to grow jaded about hunting deer.  It is starting to seem… almost too easy.  But when Deersbane is pressed into service by a secret government organization, he finds himself at the center of a desperate maelstrom of conspiracy and hunting, the likes of which he has never seen before.  This time, it will not be so easy.  This time, he will need to come face to face with his worst fears.  This time, the deer will fight back.

Join Deersbane on his quest to topple a fiendish plot, unravel ancient secrets, confront the truths of his own identity, and save the world, the only way he knows how: by shooting deer.  Play Deer Hunter X: Operation Worldsaver, available now for your web browser at www.universalhappymaker.com.

 

DHX FAQs

How do I play DHX?
First, you need a Flash-compliant browser and Flash player.  Firefox and Internet Explorer work, and Chrome may or may not.  Don’t worry if it takes forever to load.  That’s how you know it’s important.  Also, make sure sound is on!  The game pretty dialogue and audio intensive.  Clicking on the big green button above should start the game.


How long will playing DHX take?

DHX falls somewhere between coffee break Flash diversion and major console release on the time investment scale.  Expect a full playthrough to take up to an hour and a half, about the same time as the average movie.  However, don’t worry if you can’t find that time all at once.  DHX features automatic saving of game data, so you can quit anytime and then resume by clicking the “continue” button at the title screen.


Is DHX appropriate for kids?

Kind of?  It depends.  DHX, like nearly all major video games, features some mild cussing and animated gun violence.  It doesn’t have anything explicitly explicit or raunchy.


Is DHX geared towards gamers or casual audience?

DHX features dynamic difficulty, so the more trouble you’re having, the easier the game gets.  With a little perseverance, anyone should be able to finish the game.  On the other hand, it will take some admirable marksmanship to complete the game without continuing and acquire the most prestigious ranks…

DHX also features some gamer-specific humor, some degree of intertextuality towards popular games and their zeitgeist, but the story should still be comprehensible and enjoyable even without catching any of the references.


Where can I find a DHX t-shirt, DHX postage stamp, DHX frosted mug, or other fine DHX products?

The Laika Fawkes shop can be found here.

 

I owe a postmortem for putting this game here.  I’ll write one soon.

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2011/06/15

Deer Hunter X: Postmortem of a Game Nobody Played

In a whimsical mood as the endday light sweeps orange across my spartan studio, I feel inclined to reflect upon my past exercises in quixoticism. When I uploaded that game onto this esteemed site, I begat a debt of analysis, a promised post that would surely explain everything. Now, afflicted by this perverse sentimentality, I find myself at last in the proper state to fulfill my vow. No longer will I allow this strange artifact to float unmoored in the online panopticon without a guidepost, an almanac, an epitaph. It is time for a DHX postmortem.

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