An original platforming classic, Qwak is old enough to order a scotch on both sides of the Atlantic. It enjoyed a debut way back in the day in 1989 on the old BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, before being updated in 1993 and given a spit and a polish by Team 17 for the Amiga. And now you can get your hands on it for a penny if you want, although, as the site explains, Paypal nicks the entirety of anything under 30p.
The game's mastermind - indie dev Jamie Woodhouse - has very generously gone down the same route as World of Goo and Crayon Physics Deluxe and is offering this fab slice of gaming history for however much you feel like paying. considering that the full game, and there's quite a lot of it, normally sets you back £12.99, this is a pretty sweet deal. But you'll have to get your skates on as the offer ends on January 22nd!
Qwak hearks back to a simpler time for video gaming, when all you really had to do was jump over barrels chucked by a psychopathic monkey, or guide a fat, greedy, yellow blob round a map munching on dots and the occasional cherry.
This is classic platforming: you guide your little duck through increasingly fiendish levels, nabbing the key for the level exit and racking up as many points per level as possible by neutralising foes with projectile eggs and swiping lots of fruit and gems. There's a time limit of course, and if you run out of time spikes start falling which seems a little cruel until you remember than the duck is a bundle of pixels.
Qwak is a trip down memory lane more than anything else. It's been updated a bit since the Nineties in the presentation department, but it still plays basically the same way, which is both a blessing and a curse. There are better platformers out there for sure, and Qwak can get somewhat repetitive, but that doesn't stop it from being absurdly addictive and its 80 levels provide a cracking way to waste an hour or two.
Put simply, Qwak is retro to the core. It's simple, cutesy, has bundles of nostalgia value, and is great for the casual gamer on the go. It could use a graphical overhaul and perhaps some additional modes for the new millennium, but for a pound or two it's well worth a shot.