Who didn’t want more Zapper games when they were a kid? Sure, Duck Hunt was fun, but after years of piled up duck carcasses and fields of broken clay, we wanted more. Barker Bill provides “more”: instead of ducks, balloons; instead of clay targets, plates. Despite a fresh coat of paint, Trick Shooting is essentially Duck Hunt transferred into a carnival setting.
There are three different minigames, none of which are very interesting. In “Balloon Saloon,” you shoot balloons. Simple, boring, yup. In “Flying Saucers,” Bill and his bunny girl throw plates for you to shoot. In “Window Pains,” you shoot items that fall in between open and closed window panes. “Fun Follies” combines the three previous minigames into a trick shooting marathon, along with a couple extra levels.
But where is the fun in shooting common objects on your NES? It was far more entertaining to pop balloons with your body in Balloon Fight. Dinner plates? Your mom’s gonna be mad at you for that one. There are “rounds” in every category, but these rounds continue forever until you lose your lives. If you miss shooting something, you lose a life. You’re better off.
Duck Hunt was played out in 1990, but at least it was entertaining. Barker Bill’s Trick Shooting is tacky and needless.
PUBLISHER/DEVELOPER: Nintendo GENRE: Shooter (Zapper)
RELEASE DATE: 08/1990 – (US), 06/27/91 – (EU)