|Publisher(s)||Adult Swim Games|
|Platform(s)||Ouya, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch|
Duck Game is an action game developed by Landon Podbielski and published by Adult Swim Games. The game was released for the Ouya in 2014, and for Microsoft Windows in 2015. A PlayStation 4 version was released in August 2017, and a Nintendo Switch version was released in May 2019. A major update was released in November 2020 on PC, with an upcoming release on the Switch.
Duck Game is a 2D action video game that features primarily shooting and platforming mechanics. The game has a single-player arcade mode where the user can complete challenges to get tickets, which can be used to unlock in-game hats and game modifiers (such as Moon gravity or explosive props), as well as local or online multiplayer with up to four other players. Duck Game has a simple premise: players die in one hit, and last player standing wins the round. The game features a simple control scheme: beyond basic movement controls, the player can pick up/throw a weapon, use their equipped weapon, strafe (walk backwards), quack, and ragdoll. Similar to fighting games, angled shots and some other maneuvers require precisely timed input combinations.
Duck Game was developed by Vancouver-based developer Landon Podbielski. The game was released for the Ouya on May 13, 2014. On launch, the game only featured a multiplayer mode, however in November 2014, single-player modes were added. The game was released for Microsoft Windows on June 4, 2015. At the 2015 PlayStation Experience, a PlayStation 4 version of the game was announced, with its release following on August 22, 2017. On May 1, 2019 it was released on the Nintendo Switch.
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Duck Game received generally positive reviews from critics. The game received an average Metacritic score of 82 based on six reviews. Critics cite the multiplayer as driving the games appeal. Reviewers likened the game to other successful 2D brawlers, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl, TowerFall, and Samurai Gunn.
Sean Flint was critical of the name choice, saying "it describes absolutely nothing about it other than the fact that it may contain ducks". Several reviewers have complained about the inconsistent level design, and lack of an engaging single player experience.
The game has had a small but committed competitive scene since launch, with gameplay mostly consisting of exploits to elevate the skill ceiling.
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