I’m going to give away my age here but I’m too excited about finding this game for my phone to not post about it. Hunt the Wumpus was a computer game that I remember playing as a child. In fact, it just may be my earliest memory as a computer game I played.
The original version was created in 1972 (which is before my time just so you know I’m not that old) but I remember playing it in the mid-80s on a old Texas Instruments computer that was in the corner of our family’s living room.
I played this game a lot! So much that there’s no way that I can hear the “In the Hall of the Mountain King” song and not think of Wumpus hunting.
Imagine my complete delight when I discovered that this beloved game has been ported into an app for my android phone! The game is $1.99 which I didn’t even blink at paying to re-live this part of my childhood, even just a little bit.
Hunt the Wumpus was a puzzle game and not a complex one. You start in a single circle room and open up the maze of paths by walking around. The red dot means the Wumpus is near by and if you go into his room he eats you. The goal is to determine where the Wumpus is and shoot him. If you find him, you win! If you miss, he eats you.
The green rooms indicate a pit is near by which upon entering you fall to your death. Bats on the map will pick you up and transport you randomly somewhere on the map if you disturb them. They could even drop you in a pit or into the jaws of the Wumpus!
There are other modes too like blindfold mode where you can only see the room your are standing in at any given time so you have to mentally remember which rooms you’ve been in and that are safe.
The android game is exactly how I remember playing Hunt the Wumpus oh so many decades ago! I cannot explain to you how happy finding this game has made me. I looked for this game for my iPad as well but didn’t have any luck.
Even if you have never heard of Hunt the Wumpus before, I completely recommend picking it up. The games are quick and at the very least is a good distraction while waiting in line for something. Let me know if you pick it up and if you like it!