Qwak HD iPad Review
- Frantic old-school platforming.
- Two-player controls available via third-party App.
- Doesn't foster the same leaderboard 'excitement' of modern platforming titles; more self competition than 'friendly' competition.
Qwak HD retools the 1993 classic with a shiny visual upgrade and the ability to conquer its fast-paced stages with a friend, making it a great hit with kids and retro-gamers alike.
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When we first saw Qwak on the iOS platform it was restricted to the tiny screens of the iPhones and iPods of the world. The lightning-sharp responsiveness of the controls helped to bring the Amiga classic back to life, but with so much going on, screen-space was definitely a concern... until now. Qwak HD makes the best of the iPad, making it a snap to keep track of the busy platforming action while also adding a two-player mode in to the proceedings.
This last feature is pulled off flawlessly thanks to the game’s compatibility with the Joypad Game Controller App, converting your iPhone or iPod in to a wireless controller. Those of you that lack a spare iPhone or iPad can still get away with the game’s built-in virtual control system, choosing from a series of preset configurations. We did experience a bit of touchiness with the jumping (specifically jumping immediately as we hit a platform), but with some practice this was easily overcome.
For those not familiar with Qwak, the game comes courtesy of the author of the 1993 original, Jamie Woodhouse. There are 70 platforming-based levels to conquer, filled with treasure, enemies and traps to avoid. It’s frantic and later levels can be downright frustrating thanks to their puzzle-like design, but with each stage taking mere seconds to complete you’re never really put-out for trying again.
Those who liked the idea of Qwak, but were put off by the tiny screen can finally enjoy the game in all of its glory, dragging a friend along too if they happen to have an iPhone or iPod spare. A great distraction for retro-gamers and younger gamers after something bright and challenging.
Description"The best platformer to hit the AppStore, you owe it to yourself to pick it up"...
A classic Amiga platform game, highly prized for it’s fast-paced, addictive game-play. Now re-envisioned for your iPad, by the games’ original author. Are you ready for insanely addictive game-play, that will push your skills to the limit?...
TWO PLAYER MODE:
The two player mode requires the use of two iPhones, or two iPod touches (or one of each) as controllers.
1. Install joypad app on two iPhones (or iPod touches). Get joypad app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/joypad-game-controller/id517378526?mt=8 (or search for 'joypad' on the AppStore).
2. Ensure that your iPad is on the same local network as the iPhone / iPod touch controllers, OR, you can turn on blue-tooth for all devices involved.
3. Start the joypad app on both iPhone / iPod touches.
4. When you launch Qwak HD, the button on the main menu titled 'Start New Game' will become 'Two Player Game'. Tap this button to start a two player game.
IN THE PRESS:
"Qwak is a simple platformer with incredibly addicting gameplay." - GameZebo
"HIGHLY POLISHED ... a game platformer fans won’t want to miss’. - Touch Arcade
"So, how does it play? If you want a comparison, we would cite Bubble Bobble, but if you want a single word, then we would say superbly. It’s the essence of feel-good gaming fun and we defy anyone not to have a smile on their face when they complete a scene just as the time limit runs out." - iPhoneFreak
"Overall, Qwak is must-get for fans of the puzzle-platformer genre. With fluid and clean visuals, many levels, increasing difficulty, tons of power ups, and a catchy soundtrack, Qwak has the recipe for a platformer of true greatness, one that future games of the genre will be measured by." - AppVersity
Retina enhanced graphics for the new iPad.
Two player mode using iPhones as controllers.
Silk smooth 60 frames-per-second action.
Beautiful graphics you can almost eat!
Tons of secret bonuses.
10 in-game music tracks.
70 ultra playable levels (including tutorial).
6 graphically unique worlds to explore.