If you're tried-and-true Mario Bros. fan, here's a neat game cut from the same cloth. Plok, a little bundle of velcro, is the star of the game. In fact, the story line and game design feature a "fabric" motif, much like Bubsy. For example, Plok's the self-proclaimed King of Akrillic, an island in the archipelago of Poly-Esta. Don't worry if you find the textile references just sew-sew, because there's much more to this game.
A Material World
Plok's on a multifaceted mission to recover his stolen Flag, find an ancient Amulet, and eventually fight the Queen Flea. You guide this little guy through 35 tricky levels, and (if you're lucky) 10 Bonus Levels. With this many areas in a game, you definitely get your money's worth.
- Since you score a Plokontinue if you pass through a level without losing a Plok, consider powering through the first few levels without collecting every Shell.
- Plok must descend at an angle to grab some Shells.
- Since Plok's limbs return like boomerangs, you can zap enemies from behind.
- When you fight the Bobbin Brothers, stay between them as you fire Plok's limbs. Don't fire all of Plok's limbs.
Better Thread than Dead
Plucky Plok's challenge could rip a seam in any intermediate gamer's mind. The game's levels are lengthy treks, and booby traps abound. Plok's domain is overrun with dangerous, bizarre creatures, such as the plant-like Shprouts, the stone-spitting Rockyfellas, and the bothersome Fleas. Plok mounts an unusual but effective attack by literally flinging his arms and legs at his foes. They return like boomerangs. Be careful, though, because when Plok's limbs are all in the air, his torso bounces out of control. Luckily, the game's crisp controls help you to pull precision jumps and bumps.
Graphics, Sounds Sew Nice
Plok paints a pretty and imaginative picture. Generally, you get brightly colored, cartoony character sprites set against a variety of vivid backgrounds.
The sounds present nice texture, too. Ear-friendly effects are sharp, and the excellently orchestrated, energetic music seriously rocks. Plok even blows a mean harmonica.
Rags and Riches
Plok weaves a good game. Once you look under the covers, you'll find an engaging, thumb-numbing adventure. If you like hop-n-bop action, pin down Plok.
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Plok is a terrific action game. The music and animation - not to mention the graphics - are sweet. The unusual power-ups are a big plus, as they add to the humor of the story. While the Bosses aren't anything to write home about, the actual game is visually stunning. The challenge level is really high, possibly turning off younger players, but hard-core gamers will love it. Tradewest has managed to make yet another killer cart.
Now here's a totally original character. Plok does what few characters could ever do - throw their limbs at enemies! The levels are drawn beautifully, with pastel colors and a few hidden surprises strewn about. I really love the old-time black and white levels. The music is fabulous and really draws you into the game. Although there are tons of side-scrolling games out there, don't overlook Plok. The battle suits are a great idea!
Whoa! Look out! Where did this one come from? It's so refreshing to know that there are some game companies out there with a little originality. Plok has got to be one of the most unique games to come out in a while. It's odd, but I really like his ability to throw his limbs at the bad guys. Most everything is done very well, from the colorful graphics, to the jamming music, to the excellent game play. What else can I say? I like it!
What a surprise this one turned out to be! You hear about something throwing its limbs around and you'd never expect the cool a power-up suits and techniques involved. Each level is very colorful, with secret areas and warps. The concept of arm throwing is catchy and there are plenty of situations to test it. Big levels and loads of variety are a plus. One downer is that it continues to take you WAY back!
- Manufacturer: Tradewest
- Machine: Super NES
- Theme: Action
- No. of Levels: 64
I've been Plok'd!
Plok is the protector of the kingdom Akrillic. One day, Plok glanced high atop his building and saw that his flag had disappeared. Who had taken his flag? He was determined to answer that question, so he set out on a quest to search for it. You can help Plok along in his journey to find the culprit and the flag itself.
Plok has a special ability to throw his limbs at will. This is a powerful weapon against the evils that inhabit the islands on your quest. Deadly vegetable creatures, monstrous frogs, and jumping fish bones are just some of the enemies you will face in trying to find the flag. In each level, you will be able to collect flowers for points, presents which give you different outfits and power-ups, and you will be able to work within each island to find ways of advancement. For example: throwing your limbs at a gear with a platform attached will make it spin. You can then hop on and take a ride up to the next section of the level. Your flag is on one of the poles, but which one?