Game App Review: Big Buck Hunter

One of our "Games That Pay Real Money"
Best for...
  • Virtual hunting experience
  • Emphasis on speed and accuracy
  • Adaptive difficulty levels
Overall Rating 5
The Penny Hoarder's Overall Score
Engaging gameplay starstarstarstarstar
Design quality starstarstarstarirc_half_star
Chance to win money starstarstarstarirc_half_star

The “Big Buck Hunter: Marksman” app for iOS, an adaptation of the popular arcade classic, offers a unique hunting game experience. The Penny Hoarder rates it as one of the 21 Games That Pay Real Money. Here’s our TPH review:

Gameplay and Concept: Big Buck Hunter replicates the arcade experience, testing players’ speed and accuracy in a virtual hunting setting. The game is straightforward with simple controls, making it suitable for beginners in competitive cash play. Its focus on marksmanship in various outdoor environments provides an immersive and engaging hunting simulation​​.

Target Audience and Restrictions: The game is intended for players 17 years and older due to the possibility of winning and losing money. It’s important to note that cash competitions are unavailable in certain states (Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, and South Dakota). The minimum entry fee for cash prizes is only 25 cents, making it accessible for casual gaming without significant financial risk​​.

Developer and Platform: Developed by Play Mechanix and promoted on the Skillz Powered Games platform, Big Buck Hunter is part of a well-known network of real money gaming apps. Skillz is recognized for creating a reliable way for users to win cash and other rewards through skill-based mobile games. The game matches players with competitors of similar skill levels, ensuring fair and balanced gameplay​​.

User Ratings and Accessibility: The game is highly rated on the Apple App Store, with a 4.7-star rating, reflecting its popularity among iOS users. The ad-free gaming experience, whether playing for cash or fun, adds to the app’s appeal, as ad-free games are relatively rare in the mobile gaming industry​​.

Game Mechanics and Experience: Players are matched with competitors and must quickly aim and fire at moving targets in serene outdoor scenes. The game emphasizes speed and accuracy, and as players level up, the competitions become more challenging. This adaptive difficulty keeps the gameplay exciting and ensures that players are consistently challenged as they improve their skills​​.

Bottom Line: “Big Buck Hunter: Marksman” for iOS offers an engaging and skill-based hunting game experience, allowing players to enjoy the thrill of hunting without any real-world implications. Its simple yet challenging gameplay and the opportunity for real money competition make it a popular choice among mobile gamers. However, players should be aware of the age and location restrictions and the potential financial aspects involved in cash tournaments.



About our TPH Ratings: The Penny Hoarder bases its game ratings on app store reviews and our team’s experiences and insights. We score 1-5 stars overall and for each of three factors: engaging gameplay, the app’s design quality and your chances to win money. Our ratings bear similarities to the app store user reviews but may differ, especially since we’re emphasizing the chance to win money more than many users might. Here’s what we mean by each factor:

  • Engaging gameplay: How fun is the game, and for how long? Is it addictively fun?
  • Design quality: How intuitive is the interface? Are the graphics and controls high-quality? Does the design add to your enjoyment, or does it frustrate you? Does the app ever freeze up or overload you with ads? These are all important factors in design quality.
  • Chance to win money: All of the games on our list offer a legitimate chance to win money, but some are better than others. We take off points if we see multiple reports of a low chance of winning, and for payout difficulties or delays.