You may remember that a few months ago we reported on one manâ€™s mission to bring classic Amiga platformer Qwak to the Game Boy Advance. That man was Jamie Woodhouse – the sole designer and programmer of the original. With promises crushed by publishers – some of which wanted to totally re-skin the game – Jamie decided to consign the code to plastic himself. The result is an officially unofficial Game Boy Advance cartridge, produced in a limited run of 300 copies.
The game itself is a fast paced ditty, comparable to Bubble Bobble and other games of yore. The idea is to guide Orville lookalike Qwak around eight themed worlds, collecting fruit and finding keys. Youâ€™ll probably get turned into roast duck â€“ literally – on your first few goes, but once you get the hang of bouncing eggs off walls and such youâ€™ll be hooked like a plastic duck at the fair. A fine soundtrack and the chance to save high scores rounds it off nicely.
Orders can be placed at qwak.co.uk, where youâ€™ll also find additional screenshots, a video and a downloadable PC demo. For Â£15 you get a copy of the game (ours came on a neat translucent blue cartridge), an instruction manual and a case to keep it in. If youâ€™re feeling generous – â€˜tis the season, after all – you can opt to buy two copies for Â£27 or three for Â£38, and pass the spares on. Or perhaps save them for eBay – once all 300 copies are gone, itâ€™s bound to become â€œR@REâ€.