Layout/Overview

  • It has one ramp on the left side that takes the ball to the right flipper. It can only be hit from the right flipper if cradled up.
  • It has 2 orbits that are decently hard to hit. The left orbit will take the ball to the right side. The right orbit will take the ball to the left side.
  • Center stand up target in the middle for multiballs ( It sends the ball straight down the middle quite frequently).
  • A ram to the left of the center target that fires the ball at you.
  • 3 targets on the left wall.
  • 2 flippers
  • Buck that runs across the playfield
  • 3 pop bumpers
  • B-U-C-K targets scattered across the playfield

The playfield is pretty similar to iron man

I would rate the layout a 8/10

Game rules

Overall the rules of this game pretty good, but very unbalanced.

Big Buck Hunter Pinball Deer Target
Big Buck Hunter Pinball Deer Target

EX: You can light the Buck insert on the play field with only 3 shots. But in order to get the bird insert to light up you must hit the tricky center target about 30 times (4 different bird multiballs). The pop bumper modes are set up pretty well where you have to hit a certain amount of pop bumpers to light a mode on the right orbit. There are 5 modes total and I think they are worth playing. The problem is there isn’t a direct way to feed the bumpers so at the end of the game if pop bumper modes are the only thing you need, it can really annoying trying to feed them.

Big Buck Hunter Pinball Upper Playfield
Big Buck Hunter Pinball Upper Playfield

I’d say the other main problem in the rules is the buck multiball. In order to start it you must hit the buck in 5 different places, but in order for the buck to come out you must hit him out from where he is hiding, or wait like 5 to 6 seconds which can be extremely boring. Playing the multiball is very difficult to beat( You must beat it to get to the wizard mode). The first half is pretty hard, but then you have to hit the deer 20 TIMES! This is probably the biggest problem in the game. Hitting him 20 times is very fun but EXTREMELY hard and there is no payoff for doing it besides lighting up monster buck. Also if you don’t complete it that time the progress you made in your multiball does not save so if completing that multiball is the last thing you need you have to start all the way over the next time you get there.

Fun

I’ve had this game for only a week and I think it is a great challenging and fun game. It’s really nice to have a game that has short games that last like 5-10 minutes on average. I haven’t beat this game yet which is good because I like games that are very challenging. This game also can make you very angry and make you keep playing until you’re satisfied with your performance. I’d say this game has some of the most fun, challenging, and most annoying multiballs in all of pinball, which is a good thing.

Big Buck Hunter Lower Playfield
Big Buck Hunter Lower Playfield

Would I recommend buying this game

The answer is definitely. This game has a very good price. A theme that I don’t mind at all and I have never been hunting in my life. This game might last you as long as some games like LOTR or STTNG, but I think this game would last me 1-2 years depending on how soon I get to the wizard mode. Overall this game is a great mix of fun and challenge and my family and I have already played like 200 games on it in a week and keeps us coming back for more.

Written by: Jake Taylor

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