- True retro-gaming in a modern guise.
- Ultra-fast platforming with puzzle elements.
- Excellent variety of regular, challenge and bonus levels.
- No social integration.
- No native iTunes support.
Platform fans looking to put their speedy reactions to the test will find Qwak to be an excellent challenge, while casual gamers will love the fun, bright and simple gameplay that's straight from the hey-day of platforming.
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As an Amiga owner, I felt terribly ashamed to admit to developer Jamie Woodhouse that I'd never had a chance to play his game Qwak when it was released in 1993. However, as a title that was released by Team 17 in a budget bundle it was never given the chance it truly deserved. Thankfully, Qwak is now out on the App Store and after over 20 years this title has finally found a place it can shine.
Unlike most puzzle platformers, Qwak features fast paced gameplay that rewards quick thinking and quicker reactions to unlock as many bonuses as possible. Each of the game's 70 levels or 'scenes' features a series of locked gates, switches and other hazards to block your progress. Keys need to be collected to exit the level, but if you think quickly you can make your way around the level, eliminating enemies and gaining access to large rewards to boost your score. However, don't hang around for too long otherwise you'll cop a spiked ball to the head.
The art style is gorgeous, with the original pixel-art sprites being given a modern smooth look while retaining their retro appeal. The musical tracks have undergone a similar modern retooling. The lack of integrated social features for achievements or online high scores feels like a missed opportunity, but you'll be too busy dealing with randomly selected levels and various 'challenge' scenes to be too concerned.
Qwak is a boon for old-school and modern platform lovers alike and is perfect for putting your skills to the ultimate test.
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 iPhone or iPod touch, by the games’ original author. Are you ready for insanely addictive game-play, that will push your NINJA SKILLS to the limit?...
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
Glassy, silky-smooth, 60 fps action.
Beautiful graphics you can almost eat!
10 in-game tunes.
70 levels, split across 6 different worlds.
What's New in Version 2.0NOTE: An App Store bug corrupted this update for the first few hours it was available. The bad copies crash immediately on launch. If you have a bad copy, you'll need to delete and reinstall the app. I'm very sorry for the trouble.
Support for Retina displays.
Other tweaks and improvements.