Home of the Underdogs
About News FAQs Contact HOTU GoogleGroup Music Manuals
Category Applications Action Adventure Education Interactive Fiction Puzzle Role Playing Games Simulation Special Sport Strategy War

Support the EFF
Welcome How you can help
Browse Games
Welcome Random Pick
Welcome By Company
  Welcome By Theme  
Welcome By Alphabet
Welcome By Year
Welcome Title Search
Welcome Company Search
Welcome Designer Search
Welcome Freeware Titles
Welcome Collections
Welcome Discord
Welcome Twitter
Welcome Facebook
Welcome File Format Guide
Welcome Help: Non PC Games
Welcome Help: Win Games
Welcome Help: DOS Games
Welcome Recommended Links
Site History Site History
Legacy Legacy
Link to Us Link to Us
Credits Thanks & Credits
Abandonware Ring

Abandoned Places


Creative Commons License

Game #3543
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Machine Hunter    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Military shooter

Rating: 8.25 (24 votes)

Machine Hunter box cover

Machine Hunter screenshot
Machine Hunter is a fun top-down military action game that deserves much more attention than it received. The plot is simple: it's 2034, our mining robots on Mars have been reprogrammed by aliens, and you, of course, are the last remaining member of a special earthly taskforce called the Machine Hunters. Your job, naturally, is to defeat the aliens, rescue hostages, and destroy the renegade robots. Nothing you haven't seen before, but the plot hardly matters in this kind of game – and fortunately it does get better.

In contrast to most similar games, the action in Machine Hunter is very well integrated into the plot. The game offers sixteen very challenging multi-level, multi-layered missions, each with its own objectives, and often its unique challenges. The best part of the game is that you can "transform" yourself into the robot you kill by taking over its dead body, using its firepower to kill fellow robots. This adds a whole new dimension to the game and makes it much more interesting.

The game is very challenging, not least because there is no way to save in the middle of the missions, which are often lengthy and complex, encompassing many screens. It's also not enough to accomplish the objectives: you have to make your way through the maze to the exit point afterward. It took me many, many times to finish one mission, and to this day I still have not finished the game due to the latter missions being close to impossible.

That doesn't mean Machine Hunter is a bad game. Far from it: it's a great, simple military shooter that die-hard gamers will enjoy. To round off this fun game, Eurocom included a number of multiplayer options, split-screening and online play. If you enjoy the likes of Gauntlet or Alien Breed, Machine Hunter is a fun game that will keep you glued to the screen if you consider yourself a good action gamer. Anyone new to the genre will likely be far too frustrated by the high difficulty level to enjoy it, though. Two thumbs up, way up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Unknown
Developer: Eurocom
Publisher: EIDOS Interactive
Year: 1997
Software Copyright: Eurocom
Theme: Science Fiction, Organized Forces
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links:  
If you like this game, try: Take No Prisoners, Project Paradise, Mageslayer

© 1998 - 2024 Home of the Underdogs
Portions are copyrighted by their respective owners. All rights reserved. Please read our privacy policy.