QWAK – Commodore sport assessment

Platform – journey sport Qwak on the Commodore was coded by Oziphantom and released in 2017. This can be a port of you guessed it – Qwak, initially launched in 1989 by coder Jamie Woodhouse on the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, as a part of Superior / Acornsoft’s, “Play It Once more Sam” 10 sport pack compilation.

In 1993, Workforce17 launched an up to date price range model with a two participant mode, it acquired a ‘Gamer Gold’ accolade with a whopping 92% general rating by Amiga Computing Journal.  Then in 2006, Jamie Woodhouse introduced Qwak again from the useless with a Recreation Boy Advance model. In 2010 Jamie Woodhouse launched an i-phone model.

This assessment appeared in Eight-Bit Annual e book 2018. It’s been a really very long time for a model of Qwak to seem on the C64 / C128.  So what’s the story behind the Commodore model of the sport? Coder, Oziphantom (he should be from Australia with a reputation like that) informs me that his model of Qwak, initially took place as a part of the 2015, RGCD compo, which truly concluded on April 1st, 2016.  Nonetheless, the most recent model 1.three was launched on 15th October, 2017.

“It’s extra of an replace on earlier system variations, it’s half means between the BBC micro model and the Amiga Model”.  The thought of changing Qwak to the C64, was truly Saul Cross’s thought, as I had by no means performed the unique till I did the port”, says Oziphantom.

What do i take into consideration this simplistic 2nd platformer sport ? Truthfully –  I’m completely addicted. A duck has obtained to eat a great deal of apples and flowers, gather a complete lot of keys, a potion or two, keep away from the dangerous enemy by eradicating them with what seems to be like a bubble for a weapon (Wikipedia says meant to be an egg like projectile – i do know a bubble when i see one) after which open the exit door to succeed in the following, rather more difficult, greater stage.

This model offers you 5 Lives to start with, in case you gather Eight flowers on a stage you get an additional life – belief me you’ll need them. On stage three you’ll come throughout floating bubbles you should utilize as lifts, this was simply means too cool.  Later a ‘Spring’ will allow you to hover, type of like Yoshi from Yoshi’s Island. A ‘Crimson Egg’ makes your bullets stronger, a lot in order that it could damage stage bosses. A ‘Protect’ makes you invulnerable for a time frame and the ‘Potion’ transforms the spikes into fruit. To kill bosses you possibly can both hit them with purple egg bullets or bounce on their heads whereas the defend is lively.

Management of motion i discovered a bit tough at occasions, maybe that’s due to the Xbox 360 gamepad i’m utilizing? At occasions it appeared to me the entire sprite characters moved a few tad too quick, i used to be questioning the place my duck character was on the display, maybe i get too outdated, possibly i would like glasses?      

This model of Qwak consists of 31 purely addictive, difficult ranges, i imagine different programs variations might have extra or they may have much less.  The music is terrific, your duck gained’t die of an absence of ambiance that’s a certainty. Gameplay is an actual problem, although you possibly can kill your enemy with a bubble, the enemy re-spawn transferring even sooner than they did earlier than, you thought this sport was going to be simple didn’t you ? Effectively guess once more!

There isn’t a finish of sport sequence, it simply loops, Oziphantom says “what would you like for 16kb ?” (we would like an finish of sport sequence within the subsequent model – solely joking!) Whereas at occasions irritating, there’s a purpose for under being allowed to blow a single bubble at a time to kill the enemies.  “It will make it too simple in case you might simply shoot your means by, it’s extra of an avoidance sport. The unique BBC model offers you a rating bonus in case you don’t shoot something when finishing a stage, however that didn’t make it into this 16Okay model”, says Oziphantom. Total, a unbelievable, simplistic sport, addictive from the start you begin taking part in.

Completely addictive from stage 1, get these keys, gather some flowers and get to the exit door on the backside…..simple bahahah !

Degree 2 seems to be robust, time your falls and it is going to be a cinch to get all these keys.

Made it to third stage and i’m floating on bubbles, however so can your enemy how cool is that this!



Wonderful tunes.
31 ranges.
Cool boss characters.
Laborious to place down.




Controls a bit tough at occasions
Motion of sprites too quick ?


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