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The hunt is on! You're the Last Bounty Hunter

>> Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Last Bounty Hunter finally made it to CD-i in 1997 and marked the end of CapDisc's CD-i productions including these excellent conversions of American laser Games. The Last Bounty Hunter is American Laser Games largest production and live action cast of all. Around one hundred actors contributed their talents to this interactive experience. Equipped with a six-shooter and sometimes a shotgun, your job as a bounty hunter will require you to track down four of the most vicious outlaws in the West: Nasty Dan, El Loco, The Cactus Kid, and Handsome Harry. Unfortunately, these outlaws have scores of gunfighters protecting them, so you'd better be alert.

Confused as "Mad Dog McCree 3", the gameplay is exactly the same in all the other ALG games on CD-i: Mad Dog McCree, Who Shot Johnny Rock, Crime Patrol; The difference with older American laser Games is that this one makes more use of FMV live shooting instead of static 'multiple shooting' sequences. While they can use these to lengthen the game and take away predicting enemies, it is also far more repetitive and doesn't invite me to replay scenes. So in this case, The Last Bounty Hunter is definately one of the best you can get. The setting is about the same as the two Mad Dog McCree games.

this game is based on line action in first person perspective, and you need to analyze situations quickly and shoot any threats before they shoot you. Be careful though, not all characters that appear are threats, some are innocent civilians that like to jump in your way while you're blasting away with your pistol. The pursuit of each outlaw takes you through different shootout scenarios and challenges ranging from a saloon to a bank to an Old West version of Chinatown.

Targeting can be set to either the CD-i Gun or the CD-i Mouse/Trackball. While the Gun is far more fun to play with, it is also a little slow and using the mouse you can reach higher accuracy. On the Internet I read about a PC feature of this game that automatically adjusts the level of difficulty to the player's shooting skills. I wonder if CapDisc included this in the CD-i version, but after playing in several ways, I don't notice anything of this. Who will tell?

You will probably die a lot in this game. In fact, you won't be able to play continuously for 30 seconds, because of unforseen one-killers by an unexpected enemy. This makes the game a little frustrating, and sometimes you will feel cheated why a guy shot you before you even had the chance of killing him. Thankfully, you have unlimited lives. After a while you remember when a ceratin enemy will pop up, so you'll keep the cursor ready at the enemy's spot.

Here's the promotional video of Philips Media about The Last Bounty Hunter:

The production value in The Last Bounty Hunter is very high. The acting is first rate (although a little cheesy) and really adds up to the Western atmosphere. The set design and setting is also first rate. In fact, The Last Bounty Hunter was filmed with the assistance of Old Tucson Studios in an Old Tucson setting. The same locations were used in some well known movies including Tombstone, Rio Bravo, and Lightning Jack. the CD-i version offers one of the best graphics of all the console versions, without a doubt. Thanks to the use of the Digital Video Cartridge, no other console can keep up with this high level of quality.

Interestingly, ALG continued the route of taking different paths to the end of the game to improve replay value, like they did with mad Dog McCree 2. One of the gunfighters that protects the four outlaws is a world record holder in fast draw competition in real life. Let me tell you this guy is QUICK! He can fill you full of lead in the time it takes to blink. All in all, some very nice touches.

There are also a few negatives to say about The Last Bounty Hunter. First, you can complete the game within one hour. For the original price of fifty dollars one would expect more than ONE hour of gameplay! But the scenes are great to play although replay value is low because it's the same story over and over again. Very little is randomized in this game, in fact this counts for every American Laser Game. It's still up to offer you the most addictive one-hour-of-shooting CD-i has to offer. In fact, nothing can beat real video killing.

All in all, I had a great one hour of gameplay with the Last Bounty Hunter. Production qualities are top notch, the acting believable, and the action non-stop. In short, I had a blast. Though the game is enjoyable, I wouldn't pay the high amount of money it requires to get an original copy of the second hand market. Mind you this is one of the most rare CD-i titles to get, and I've seen prices over 100 dollars. Crazy I know, and that's why it's important to know that this game doesn't offer a lot more than the other ALG games which are offered cheaper, probably because The Last Hunter has been released only in Western Europe. (While the game itself was created in 1993/1994, the decision to port it to CD-i took a long time!)

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Affaire Morlov, L' - Titus
Alfapet - Adatek
Alice in Wonderland - Spinnaker
Alien Gate - SPC Vision
Alien Odyssee - Argonaut
Aliens Interactive CD-i - Dark Vision Interactive
Ange et le Demon, L' - Smart Move
Apprentice, The - SPC Vision
Apprentice 2, The - Marvin's Revenge - SPC Vision
Arcade Classics - Philips ADS / Namco
Asterix - Caesar’s Challenge - Infogrames
Atlantis - The Last Resort - PRL Redhill (Philips ADS)
Axis and Allies - CapDisc
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Battle Chess - Accent Media (for Interplay)
Battleship - CapDisc
Big Bang Show - Infogrames
BMP Puzzle - Circle (for ZYX)
Brain Dead 13 - Readysoft
Burn:Cycle - Trip Media
Caesar's World of Boxing - Philips POV
Caesar's World of Gambling - CD-I Systems
Cartoon Academy - Bits Corporation
CD-i mit der Maus - SPC Vision
CD Shoot - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Change Angels Kick-off - HMO
Chaos Control - Infogrames
Christmas Country - Creative Media
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Clue - 3T Productions
Clue 2 - The mysteries continue - 3T Productions
Connect Four - CapDisc
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Crime Patrol - CapDisc
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Cyber Soldier Sharaku - Japan Interactive media
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Dark Castle - Philips POV
Dead End - Cryo
Defender of the Crown - Philips POV
Deja Vu - Icom Simulations
Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas - Icom Simulations
Demolition Man - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Demon Driver - Haiku Studios
Discworld - Teeny Weeny Games
Dimo's Quest - SPC Vision
Domino - Wigant Interactive Media
Down in the Dumps - Haiku Studios
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Dragon's Lair 2- Time Warp - Superclub / INTL CDI
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Earth Command - Visionary Media
Effacer - CapDisc
Escape from Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Evidence - Microids
Falco & Donjon & The Sword of Inoxybur - BMi / Zephyr Studio
Family Games I - DIMA
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Flashback - Delphine/Tiertex (for US Gold)
Flinstones Wacky Inventions - Philips Funhouse
Fort Boyard: The Challenge - Microids
Frog Feast - Rastersoft

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Go - CapDisc
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Jigsaw - Novalogic
Joe Guard - DIMA
John Dark: Psychic Eye - CapDisc
Joker's Wild!, The - Accent Media
Joker's Wild Jr., The - Accent Media
Kether - Infogrames
Kingdom - The far reaches - CapDisc
Kingdom 2 - Shadoan - CapDisc
Labyrinth of Crete - Philips Funhouse
Laser Lords - Spinnaker
Last Bounty Hunter, The - CapDisc
Legend of the Fort - Microids
Lemmings - DMA Design / Psygnosis
Lettergreep - Wigant Interactive Media
Lingo - SPC Vision
Link - The faces of evil - Animation Magic
Lion King, The - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Litil Divil - Gremlin Graphics
Litil Divil 2: Limbo Years - Gremlin Graphics
Lords of the rising sun - Philips POV
Lost Eden - Cryo (for Virgin)
Lost Ride, The - Formula (Lost Boys)
Lucky Luke - The video game - SPC Vision
Mad Dog McCree - CapDisc
Mad Dog McCree II: The lost gold - CapDisc
Magic Eraser - Circle (for ZYX)
Mah-Jong - Japan Interactive Media
Making the Grade - 3T Productions
Man Before Man - Cryo
Marco Polo - Infogrames
Mario Takes America - CIGAM
Master Labyrinth - AVM AG/HQ
Mega Maze - CapDisc
Memory Works, The - Compact Disc Incorporated
Merlin's Apprentice - Philips Funhouse
Microcosm - Philips Freeland Studios
Micro Machines - Codemasters
Monty Python's Invasion from the Planet Skyron - Daedalus CD-i Productions
Mutant Rampage - Body Slam - Animation Magic
Myst - Sunsoft (for Cyan)
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Pac Panic - Philips ADS / Namco
Palm Springs Open - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Pool - SPC Vision
Pinball - CapDisc
Plunderball - ISG Productions
Power Hitter - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Power Match - Two's Company
Pursue - BEPL
Pyramid Adventures - Compact Disc Incorporated
RAMRaid - PRL Redhill
Return To Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Riddle of the Maze, The - Fathom Pictures
Riqa - Bits Corporation
Rise of the Robots - Mirage Technologies
Sargon Chess - Spinnaker
Scotland Yard Interactive - AVM AG/HQ
Secret Mission - Microids
Secret Name of Ra, The
Shaolin's Road - Infogrames
Skate Dude - Viridis
Smurfen, De - De Telesmurf - Infogrames
Solar Crusade - Infogrames
Solitaire - BEPL
Space Ace - Superclub / INTL CDI
Space Ranger - Studio Interactive
Special Operations Squadron - SPC Vision
Sport Freaks - SPC Vision
Star Trek - Philips POV
Star Wars: Rebel Assault - LucasArts
Steel Machine - SPC Vision
Striker Pro - Rage
Strip Poker Live - Greenpig Production
Strip Poker Pro - Interactive Pictures
Super Fighter - The Super Fighter Team / C&E
Super Mario's Wacky Worlds - NovaLogic
Surf City - Philips Sidewalk Studios
Tangram - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Taco's Toyroom Troopers - Creative Media
Tankdoodle - Creative Media
Tetris - Philips POV
Tetsuo Gaiden - Creative Media
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Tic-tac-toe - BEPL
Tox Runner - ISG Productions
Treasures of Oz - Philips Kaleidoscope
Ultra CD-i Soccer - Krisalis
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Uninvited - Icom Simulations
Video Speedway - ISG Productions
Vinnie the Pinguin - Pandemonium Labs
Voyeur - Philips POV
Voyeur 2 - Philips POV
Whack-a-Bubble - Creative Media
What's it worth - Marshall Cavendish Multimedia / Spice
Who shot Johnny Rock? - CapDisc
Wordplay - BEPL
World Cup Golf - US Gold
Zaak Sam, De - Toneelschool NL
Zelda - The wand of Gamelon - Animation Magic
Zelda's Adventure - Viridis
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Zombie Dinos From The Planet Zeltoid - Philips POV

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