Tork: Prehistoric Punk
|Tork: Prehistoric Punk|
Tork: Prehistoric Punk is a platform video game released on January 11, 2005 for the Xbox video game console. It was developed by Tiwak SAS and published by Ubisoft Entertainment. The game was never released outside the United States.
In the game, players control the title character as he fights back against an evil sorcerer who is trying to destroy his world. He is a shapeshifter who travels through time to change history, transforming into three "spirit" animals along the way: a squirrel, a Yeti, and an armadillo. Various periods from the Stone Age to the fictitious "Age of Fantastical Machines" are represented.
Developed by Tiwak SAS (a group founded by ex Rayman 2 developers), Tork was originally planned to be published under Microsoft Studios for release in 2004. However, following Ed Fries' departure from the company, Microsoft dropped publishing duties to the title (though, retaining the trademark to the Tork character). On April 21, 2004 Ubisoft announced that it had acquired the publishing rights from Microsoft (in additional to purchasing developer Tiwak SAS) and would be releasing Tork: Prehistoric Punk in North America on January 2005, for the budgeted retail price of $19.99.
The game received mixed reviews from critics and gamers alike. It currently receives an aggregate score of 62 from critics on Metacritic. Praised for its arcade style game play and graphics. Critics however criticized it as being bland by the book and uninspired."Tork: Prehistoric Punk Xbox". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2009-06-30.
- "Tork: Prehistoric Punk review". IGN. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
- "Tork is Back!". TeamXbox. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
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