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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Headlong Hunt (2021) is a puzzle game about a field biologist trying to catch and survey the population of a fearful but very fast animal across 37 icy islands. You have to manoeuvre the animals around by scaring them in straight lines. This sounds simple but soon gets complex to get them into the traps and ready for counting.

Each level can be attempted from the start although it's best to play them in order. You move around the just the arrow keys but have to take care of the direction to scare the animal as they will run off the screen if at all possible. You can undo the level whenever you want or reset it.

As you progress, you get biological text snippets that offer hints. You can start to use rocks to hide from the creature, push them into the sea and even have moveable blocks you can place to both stop the creature and obscure their line of sight to you.

The result is a surprisingly polished game (albeit one that looks basic). It takes a simple idea and plays with it in unexpected ways to "explore the possibility space quite well," as Alan Hazelden puts it.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Headlong Hunt 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Puzzle, Simulation and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 1 minute and 5 minutes to complete. Some levels click quickly but others seem impossible for minutes until you figure them out.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although very young players may need more trial and error to work out how to solve some levels, there is no barrier to this approach. Generally the game needs logical thinking and resilience to continue trying on a level that seems impossible.


Headlong Hunt usually costs £0 to £9.99. 
You can only play this on older systems (Web Browser) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Headlong Hunt

Itch Store Web Free
Steam Store PC £9.99
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
You can play Headlong Hunt for free. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/06/2021

Price: Free

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Puzzle, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Toombler (@Toombler_)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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