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Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Friday, 27 March 2009

The PC-version of the legendary Qwak is finally here, is it still as good as in 1989? Read our review to find out.

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Qwak has a rather interesting history and was first developed for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron in 1989. A couple of years later an Amiga version showed up on the market and in 2006 Qwak was made available for Gameboy Advance .  Now the long awaited PC-version of Qwak has been released.

It is not surprising that the main-character in Qwak is a duck,  the goal is to get the highest score by either terminating enemies using eggs or collecting fruits and gems.  To complete a level you have to collect gold keys, when you got them all a gate will open and it is possible to exit the level. The game is on time, if you run out of it nails will rain down.

As you make your way through the game the enemies are getting harder to get rid of and the levels get more complex.  Qwak features some power-ups such as chocolate eggs, which are more powerful against the enemy. The game also has some challenges thrown into it, such as collecting as much fruit as you can within 20 seconds and what not.

The PC-version of Qwak does have a nostalgic feel to it and makes you think back to when Amiga and the Nintendo Entertainment System were the meanest gaming machines out-there.  Games with a nostalgic twist does however have a hard time appealing to younger audiences, Qwak is probably not an exception.

The graphics in Qwak is rather basic and bring back memories to the 8-bit era, they are very cute and colorful but I wish more would have been done to take advantage of the PC-platform. The game is however very easy to learn but harder to master, Qwak caters to casual gamers and their needs.
The sound-effects are pretty basic and the music is as cute as the graphics in the game. I actually think the music is quite good and makes the game more available for a very young audience. 

Qwak also features a two-player mode (using the same computer and keyboard), it is surprisingly fun. The game also includes a tutorial mode for completely new players. Compared to other casual games Qwak has soul and class, you can tell that it has been thought out and refined over the years. Maybe Qwak is more suited as a flash-game in a web-browser or for mobile platforms than a regular install for Windows PCs.

What I would really like to see is a Qwak taking advantage of the PC with graphics acceleration and more features added to make the game suitable for 2009 and a wider audience, because this game has potential to become great.


Related:  N, Icy Tower, Mario Forever
Developer:  
Jamie Woodhouse
Website for Game: http://www.qwak.co.uk
Publisher:
N/A
O/S:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Cost of Full Game:
N/A
Year of Release:
2008

Requirements:
N/A
Tested on:
AMD Phenom X3 2.1 GHz, 3 GB RAM, 512 MB ATI Radeon Graphics Card, Windows Vista Ultimate

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