Brazil-based Seize Studios’ What the Duck – out today on Switch and PC – blends together several genres, with a sprinkling of silliness for good measure.
It’s a hack ‘n slash adventure at its core, but also features RPG elements, crafting, four different biomes to explore, and rhythm action mini-games that forge new weapons – with your performance affecting weapon strength.
It gets its peculiar name from the hero’s ability to summon a fluffy duck. The yellow fellow can reach higher areas, uncover secrets, solve puzzles, swim, and fly. A surprisingly versatile ally.
The story is one of revenge and self-acceptance, as you try and make a name for yourself in a world where other people’s summonable animals take the form of much larger and stronger creatures than your own.