Take Aim at Devious Rabbits in High Ranked iPhone Game, Bunny Shooter

In Wednesday’s top free iPhone apps list, a game by the name of Bunny Shooter ranked at #5. Supported by advertisements, the game appears to be free just temporarily (judging by its App Store description). Developed by a Latin American mobile company called Best, Cool & Fun Games, it is a deceptively simple looking physics app that incorporates designs not dissimilar to existing iOS physics titles.

Like the name Bunny Shooter suggests, players take aim at bunnies scattered about a two-dimensional level using a finite number of bullets. It sounds easy,  but the challenges are surprisingly difficult and reminiscent of past puzzle games like Angry Birds. That said, the whole of the game still feels quite different. In fact, the only true complaint stems from occasionally oversensitive controls and steep precision requirements.

Players are the proud owners of the world’s largest carrot. Unfortunately, a horde of devious pink rabbits have spirited it away, and it’s up to the user to stop them. How? By shooting them in the face with a steel-tipped arrow, of course! Using collapsible structures, ricochets, Rube Goldberg-style solutions, and so on, players must use a very limited number of arrows to eliminate bunnies.

The central mechanic of Bunny Shooter has been seen before on iOS. These are the games in which some form of enemy is scattered about a 2D environment of multiple, elevated tiers and using only a few shots, and remaining at a single vantage point, players must bounce a bullet around a level in order to hit them all.

While users can directly shoot bunnies, this is not always an option. Sometimes there are not enough arrows, and sometimes they are simply out of line of sight. Regardless, arrows will only ever bounce off of metal objects and stick to everything else.

Players have to take advantage of these objects — whether they’re bowling balls or anvils — to help to hit the rodents. Of course, these objects, if hit the right way, become weapons themselves.

The environment plays a big role in Bunny Shooter. Bowling balls roll down hills, bombs explode, pieces of wood topple down, and ropes are cut. All of these objects together can become a Rube Goldberg sequence of destruction that takes effect and is surprisingly gratifying. A personal favorite is a level in which users must lob an arrow onto a wooden see-saw, causing a bowling ball atop it to roll down hill, knocking down an anvil that hits a bomb, which activates planks of wood to fall like dominos down three tiers of platforms until finally hitting a single rabbit at the end.

Many levels are reminiscent of Angry Birds with bunnies inhabiting flimsy wooden structures, which can be collapsed through well-aimed shots.

Bunny Shooter has some minor social elements with Game Center, Facebook, and Twitter integrations. All three are rather basic from a social gaming perspective and only consist of leaderboards for the former and Wall postings and Tweets for the latter pair.

In the end, Bunny Shooter is oddly alluring and addictive. Perhaps it is the overly cute conglomerate of snickering rodents, or perhaps it is the chain reactions players can set off while solving puzzles. Whatever the reason, the game is fun to play and certainly deserves its high ranking spot at #5. Moreover, at the low, low price of free, it’s a game worth checking out.

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