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Excellent shooting gallery game with wooden targets only.

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Ease of play

The method for shooting the bow and arrow is simple enough -- you stretch two fingers apart to pull back the bowstring, then release to fire the arrow. But your AI competition is pretty fierce. While the first of your five opponents is relatively easy to defeat, the second one is ten times better than the first opponent. And the third seems fifty times better than that. The difficulty curve is rather steep.


The game is an archery competition in which you shoot arrows into wooden animal cutouts that move along a track. No real animals are in the game, just wooden targets. The idea of hunting is there, but no real hunting is depicted anywhere in the game.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bowmaster will give kids the general feel of hunting wild animals with a bow and arrow, but that there are no real animals depicted in the game. Every target that crosses your path is a wooden cutout in the shape of a moose, deer, duck, or some other animal. And they all move along very obvious tracks. It's a shooting gallery, but a far less violent one than any of the true "hunting" games out there. Note that it can be quite challenging, though.

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First of all, Bowmaster looks amazing. It's one of the more graphically beautiful app games we've seen. And the control mechanic -- which allows you to aim your bow, determine the strenght of your shot, and release your arrow all by pulling two fingers apart -- is incredibly well-designed. In the game, you compete against five increasingly skilled Merry Men-type archers. They're shooting at the same targets you are, so it's not just a matter of hitting the wooden animals that go by, but hitting them before your opponent does. It would have been nice for a game so well made to have a slightly less steep difficulty curve, but there's a good "practice makes perfect" lesson in Bowmaster. The more you play a level and memorize the movement patterns of the targets, the better chance you have of getting the jump on those Robin Hood wannabes you're playing against.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:May 17, 2010
Category:Arcade Games
Size:18.20 MB
Minimum software requirements:iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck July 18, 2010

Very fun but very difficult



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