Budget Day 2016 - Hunter Patrol (Commodore 64)

by Paul Morrison

I thought I'd kick off today with a game I've known and loved for over thirty years... Hunter Patrol.

I vividly remember walking into a friend's house before I even owned a Commodore 64 and marvelling at this amazing machine.  Over the course of a few hours, he loaded up about a dozen games in total and I probably loved them all, whether they were any good or not!

Hunter Patrol stuck out for a couple of reasons.  First and foremost was that it had a tremendous Rob Hubbard title tune.  Of course, I didn't know it was Rob Hubbard at that point, I just knew it was one of the best things I'd ever heard coming out of a computer (well, TV, but you know what I mean).  The other thing was that it played quite a bit like the Buck Rogers arcade game, which I really liked.

The target is only half a rainbow away!

The target is only half a rainbow away!

Playing it again now is still a bit of fun, but Hunter Patrol is a very simplistic game indeed.  Basically, you fly into the screen for a bit, avoiding flak and attempting to shoot anything in your path.  Once you have shot enough enemy installations the "end level boss" appears, which is basically a big house that you have to shoot several times to destroy.

That's about it.  It's a no-frills budget shooter which serves it purpose fairly well.  It's a bit irritating at times as your rate of fire is... well, let's call it "slow"... but it's moderately enjoyable nonetheless.  It's not a classic and you'd never play it for hours on end, but it was still a decent choice to kick off the day with.