The most realistic online hunting game ever produced. Experience the thrill of the hunt in huge realistic environments using everything from crossbows to state of the art bolt action rifles.
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Mixed (297 reviews) - 48% of the 297 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mixed (22,697 reviews) - 41% of the 22,697 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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May 19

Status Update 19th May 2017

Howdy hunters,

Big day today! And not only because spring has finally come to Stockholm. After months of blood, sweat and tears (mostly tears), we are super thrilled to announce the release of one of the biggest features we’ve ever brought into theHunter. Introducing the brand new Trophy Lodge! If you watched our pre-release livestream on Tuesday, you already have a good understanding of what to expect, if not, you can catch the replay here.

You (and us too) have been waiting for this for quite some time, so I won’t be keeping you too long with my rambling. We put together game design notes which detail how to use the Trophy Lodge. In addition we welcome you to indulge yourselves in this detailed dev blog on how we developed this feature. We hope you enjoy!

Trophy Lodge Gameplay

The Trophy Lodge that you can find in the store features a “classy” style and has 21 slots for displaying different animals (4 large wall plaques for elk, red deer, moose and bison; 7 small wall plaques for small and medium sized deer, ibex, sheep and pigs; 5 small round platforms for small game; 1 large round platform for pheasants, turkey and geese; 2 medium platforms for wolves, foxes, coyotes and goats; 2 large platforms for bears and kangaroos).

You can own an infinite number of trophy lodges and you are free to fill them up as you see fit. Some players might opt to have one of two trophy lodges with their absolute best scoring animals, some will have one trophy lodge per reserve, where only species harvested in that reserve will be featured, some will dedicate one trophy lodge to their most special harvests including rares, non-typicals, amazing memories. Go nuts and enjoy!

All your Trophy Lodges are accessible from any in-game lodge that have a Trophy Lodge sign on the outside. You can find trophy lodges on all of the 11 reserves and when you approach the door you will be able to enter by pressing “E” (default key). You can rename your lodges as you wish, and lock them if you want to hide them from the curious eyes of your guests in a multiplayer game.

You can taxidermize every single animal you harvest, from now on. You can do it by paying a small em$ or gm$ fee to Max the Taxidermist (who is in charge of all this malarkey) from the game, right after taking a trophy shot or, if having chosen not to take one, by clicking Resume Game from the harvest screen (the latter prompt can be turned off in your gameplay settings). If you choose not to taxidermize your animal from within the game for whatever reason (no cash, you were not sure that your trophy was a rare one, just not in a mood or pressed the wrong button by mistake) your animal gets sent to Max the Taxidermist’s enormous fridge where it is kept for 24 hours in case you change your mind and want to turn it into a trophy. Please note that the taxidermy option from Max’s fridge costs slightly more than the on-spot taxidermy fee.

All your taxidermied animals can be found in the Trophy Manager, accessible from inside your Trophy Lodges by pressing “I” (default key). In the Trophy manager you can place your trophies in the current Trophy Lodge and check out trophy information. When inside a lodge you can also see details about displayed trophies by right-clicking on them; you can change their poses by left-clicking while the trophy info is visible. Try it out, it is much easier than it sounds. Any editing of the inside of a Trophy Lodge (placing animals, switching between poses) can only be done in your own lodge and in single player mode. Multiplayer is dedicated to showing off your lodges and trophies. When in multiplayer, guests can visit any of the host’s Trophy Lodges, unless locked.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you taxidermize your old animals?

This is a good question and one which has been asked many times already. At the launch of the development process we were seriously investigating this option, but unfortunately we quickly discovered it would not be possible due to technical limitations. In order to recreate a trophy from a harvested animal we are now sending and saving a whole bunch of new data, which we simply didn’t have any reason to store before. We realize that it is rather sad news for those of you with a bunch of non-typicals, rares and top-of-leaderboard animals under your belts, but we hope you will also see it as a fresh start that will rekindle your passion for hunting animals you might have grown bored of. Plus, who knows, maybe your new personal best is just around the corner 😉

Can I customize the interior of my trophy lodge?

Not right now, but we built our Trophy Lodge with this possibility in mind. If this feature is successful and popular, we are going to work on customization and additional trophy lodge features, so you will have a chance to make it into your very own hunter’s den.

Can I delete my trophies?

No, we wouldn’t like to go down that road, since all trophies are paid for. But we are working on the function that allows you to hide the ones you are not interested in displaying anymore.

Any other question you might have …

… please ask in this forum thread. We will be there to answer them as well as read about your first impressions and feedback.

Time to Kick it Off

We are celebrating the release of this huge feature with the Trophy Lodge Bonanza Competition, in which you can win a trophy lodge and some sweet em$ prizes. And also we bribed Max the Taxidermist with some pulled pork and whisky and got him to lower his em$ taxidermy fees by 50%. That means for the next 10 days, you can taxidermize for 10em$, until the end of Sunday, May 28th (around the time we expect Max to sober up). Today we are also starting a new season, whohoo! So, get out there and get stuffing.

Happy trophy hunting!

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May 19

Trophy Lodge Bonanza Competition

Hello Hunters,

After the long awaited release of our Trophy Lodge we’re now launching a dedicated Community Competition to celebrate it together with you. It’s time for you to show us your photography skills to get a chance to win some really cool prizes!

Competition rules:

  • Only 1 competition entry and picture per person. You will have to choose between category 1 or 2.
  • The deadline for this competition is the 29th of May, 23:59 CEST
  • Submitted trophy shots for category 2 must be taken after the start date of the Trophy Lodge Bonanza competition and need to be located in your gallery at the end of the competition.
  • The winners will be chosen by the Dev team of theHunter Classic
Submitting your entries:

  • If you want to use Twitter simply use the hashtag #Trophylodge. Please tag our official Twitter account @theHunterGame in your tweet to make it easier for us to find it and also include your name in theHunter.

The official theHunter forum:
  • You can enter the competition by posting your photo and theHunter name in this thread in the official forum.
Categories and prizes:
  • This competition will consist of two different categories, one for players who already own a Trophy Lodge and one for players who don’t yet (or just want to win another one!).
Category 1: Most impressive Trophy Lodge
Show us your Trophy Lodge - pick and arrange your trophies in the most aesthetically pleasing way, boast off your high-scoring (or maybe even rare or non-typical) animals, get creative with combinations and camera angles - impress us! :-)


  • 1st Place: 1050 em$
  • 2nd Place: 950 em$
  • 3rd Place: 700 em$
Category 2: Most impressive Trophy Shot
Before you can mount a trophy to the wall of your potential new Trophy Lodge youl need to hunt it. Prove your skills by entering this competition with the most impressive trophy shot you can snap!

  • 1st Place: A Trophy Lodge (750em$ value)
  • 2nd Place: A Trophy Lodge (750em$ value)
  • 3rd Place: A Trophy Lodge (750em$ value)

Best of luck to all hunters!

theHunter Classic Team

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“The Hunter offers the most compelling hunting experience ever offered by a PC game.”
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“This game looks incredible, the graphics are simply astonishing”
90% – Retro Game Shelf

“The complete experience of tracking and hunting an animal is highly-rewarding and simply not found in other games.”
88% – Gaming Nexus

About This Game

The most realistic online hunting game ever produced. Experience the thrill of the hunt in huge realistic environments using everything from crossbows to state of the art bolt action rifles. Realistic animal behavior and persistent online features provides a living world where you can roam casually or compete with other players for glory and fame.

Go hunting with your friends in multiplayer with up to 8 players - or explore the nine diverse and immersive hunting reserves in the ever evolving world of theHunter by yourself.

Key Features

  • Hunt 39 different species including Black Bear, Brown Bear, Polar Bear, Moose, Whitetail Deer, Turkey, Pheasant, Coyote, Red Fox, Roosevelt Elk, Wild Boar, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Mule Deer, Blacktail Deer, Feral Hog, Mallard, Canada Goose, Cottontail Rabbit, Reindeer, Alpine Ibex, European Rabbit, Red Kangaroo, Bison, Snowshoe Hare, Arctic Fox, Sitka Deer, Gadwall, American Black Duck & Northern Pintail.
  • Explore 11 different huge environments with state-of-the-art graphics, complete with day cycle and weather effects - from the Alps to the Australian Outback. from the sub-arctic Alaska to the swamps of Louisiana.
  • Co-op multiplayer with up to 8 friends
  • Extensive online features. Increase your skills, see statistics and trophy shots. Participate in competitions and leaderboards or take on challenging missions and achievements.
  • theHunter is continuously updated with new species, environments, equipment and features.

Progression & Acquiring Items In The Game

Five huntable species (Whitetail Deer, European Rabbit and Pheasant, plus two more animals rotating weekly), two weapons (.243 Bolt-Action Rifle & 12 GA Single Shot shotgun) and a bunch of additional equipment are available for free when first entering the game. Additional items such as weapons, species licenses and ammo can be acquired with gm$, the in-game currency that can be earned through play, or em$, the in-game currency that can be earned through winning competitions or purchase for real money.

There are several different types of skills in the game that increase when players use items & hunt various species. As these skills increase, more abilities get unlocked, such as the ability to tell weight & gender from animal tracks and steadier aim for weapons.

Achievements can be earned through diverse in-game activities. Each achievement adds to your HunterScore, which can be used as a progression comparison vs. other players. Additionally, increasing the HunterScore unlocks upgrade items such as pouches & holsters.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows ® 10/8/7
    • Processor: Intel 2 GHz or AMD Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400 (NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

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