The top 5 best small arms games


How could we leave that aside? For many ’80s kids, this is the alpha and omega of small arms shooters, and Duck hunting, in the same way Super Mario Bros, introduced a generation of kids to video games because it was included as a built-in console game for many years.

The Zapper was designed to look like a futuristic pistol and was cast in cream and gray unlike in Japan where their version looked like a fairly realistic bronze gray revolver. The technology used was simple but effective, and essentially painted the entire screen black the moment the trigger is pulled away from the target pixel of the zapper’s viewfinder, which then registers if a hit has occurred. With a few modifications, this is the same technology that was then used for future home small arms games for years.

Duck hunting itself was a conversion of a 1984 arcade game, and saw the player trying to shoot, you guessed it, ducks. Oh, and later clay pigeons, but they’re not that cute. Any failure causes the player’s loyal mutt to laugh at his lack of ability and resist all attempts to get shot. Believe me, I tried. Master System Light Phaser and Operation Wolf

Operation Wolf was released to every home format known to mankind in the late ’80s, and my fondest memories are probably of the Atari ST version more than any other. Since I played it with a mouse, however, and since the Sega Master System version is probably the best of the bunch, let’s focus on this one, with its appropriate accessory, the Light Phaser.

Sega’s response to the Zapper’s popularity, the Light Phaser looked very similar to Nintendo’s offering, but a darker and slightly more realistic color scheme was the order of the day here, and was apparently inspired by ‘a pistol used in the animated series, Zillion.

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