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Redneck Skeet Shooting – Nintendo Switch Review

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Redneck Skeet Shooting
Release 01/07/2019
Switch version tested
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The Nintendo eShop now has its second game with the word “Redneck” in it. Introducing, Redneck Skeet Shooting by Mad Gamesmith, an arcade/lifestyle game that involves shooting objects and collecting coins. Very short and sweet concept.

Now my local Skeet Club is only open on Saturdays so I took to the internet to do a bit of research on skeet shooting prior to playing. After initially watching a video I found it to be a skilled sport that involves a shotgun shooting targets with a bit of memorisation involved to follow the order of multiple skeets. Gertrude Hurlbutt came up with the name which possibly originates from a Norwegian word for “shoot”. Most people associate the word “Skeet” with the slang term from Lil Jon, but that term is completely different from the sport. Now that we are slightly educated on the subject, let’s dig into the game.

“Oh no” spilled from my lips when I saw it was built with Unity, a common game engine used for terrible games in my experience. To my delight, the main screen has some decent redneck tunes playing. I’m given the option to choose the stage, weapon, and character as well as take a look at the trophy room. Backyard, sloth 19 pistol, and Bill are the only available choices to begin with.

The level began with no instructions but press the minus button and it says you can make your way with only the ZL to aim up and ZR to shoot, or up and A. Random things are hurled at you from a Dr. Seuss looking device and the barefooted countryman is expected to tear them apart with his pistol. Maybe thirty seconds after shooting objects thrown in the air and letting off some shots, the game was over and I had the option to start over and go to the main menu. It said I unlocked some trophies that turned out to be the objects I shot. Let’s go another round.

It turns out that as a redneck, it is frowned upon to shoot dynamite because it ends the round and possibly the time being a redneck. Avoiding the dynamite will allow for the round to continue. After two rounds I’ve earned 155 coins, sounds great! The next stage to unlock costs 3,500, weapon is 1,200 and the next character costs 5,000 coins to unlock. Woof.

Birdhouses, pans, and watering cans take multiple shots in order to gain coinage from them. It is possible to get a double shot off and hit two objects at one time. If you’ve successfully made it to the end of a round without exploding yourself and backyard then the object hurler will begin tossing objects at you faster. There are no score multipliers, just the option to get more coins from things shot if you make it that far.

The countryman is comical. He just leans back and his legs stay still, as he winces for every shot taken. The music is actually pretty decent for what it’s worth. Not a country fan but for the sake of this game but it helps. There is not much of anything to this game. End the round, go for another just like that sad sob at the local pub. Glowing objects are worth more points but take more to bring down.

I’ve upgraded my weapon to the Desert Pigeon and am on my way to the backyard. This thing has double the damage of the Sloth 19 and is a sure-fire way to get points more efficiently. With that being said, it allowed me to break my previous high score with some seconds remaining after I shot a stick of dynamite. It seems I have nearly found the score cap on this level. I’m not sure what allows different scoring objects to appear but I’m sure additional levels will have some variety in that aspect.

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Final Words:

My time with skeet shooting has been interesting but it’s time to bring it to a close. Redneck Skeet Shooting offers variety at a steep price of ‘keep on playing’ with not much to keep you. The upside was the music when most everything else was the downside. This arcade-style two-button game should be reserved for mobile, and would you look at that? I’ve found it on Google Play. With a little research there, the mobile version is a one-button game which puts the player at a disadvantage for aiming. Redneck Skeet Shooting, everyone.

 

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TBG Score: 1/10

nintendospacerPlatform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 01/07/2019
No. of Players: 1
Allows Video Capture: Yes
File Size: 312 MB
Category: Action, Arcade, Lifestyle
Developer: Mad Gamesmith
Publisher: Ultimate Games
Website: www.ultimate-games.com
Twitter: @theUFgame
Download link: eShop
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