Duck Game

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Duck Game
Duck Game Logo.jpg
Steam release logo
Developer(s)Landon Podbielski
Publisher(s)Adult Swim Games
Platform(s)Ouya, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
ReleaseOuya
  • WW: May 13, 2014
Windows
  • WW: June 4, 2015
PS4
  • WW: August 22, 2017
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: May 2, 2019
Genre(s)Action
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

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,[1] and a Nintendo Switch version was released in May 2019.[2][3]

Gameplay[edit]

Duck Game is a 2D action video game that features 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 three other players.[4][5] Duck Game has a simple premise: players die in one hit, and last player standing wins the round.[6][7] 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 trip. The complexity in the game comes from the large variety of weapons players use and environments players compete in.[5]

Duck Game has several unique elements, including multiple hats, a quack button, and a ragdoll button.[5][8]

Development[edit]

Duck Game was developed by Vancouver-based developer Landon Podbielski. The game was released for the Ouya on May 13, 2014.[9] On launch, the game only featured a multiplayer mode, however in November 2014, single-player modes were added.[10] The game was released for Microsoft Windows on June 4, 2015.[5] At the 2015 PlayStation Experience, a PlayStation 4 version of the game was announced,[3] with its release following on August 23, 2018.[1] On May 1, 2019 it was released on the Nintendo Switch.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic82/100[11]
Review score
PublicationScore
Destructoid8.5/10[5]

Duck Game received generally positive reviews from critics. The game received an average Metacritic score of 82 based on six reviews.[12] Critics cite the multiplayer as driving the games appeal.[5][13] Reviewers likened the game to other successful 2D brawlers, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl, TowerFall, and Samurai Gunn.[5][8]

Sean Flint was critical of the name choice, saying "it describes absolutely nothing about it other than the fact that it may contain ducks".[7] Several reviewers have complained about the inconsistent level design, and lack of an engaging single player experience.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Adult Swim Games Brings Duck Game to PS4 Next Week". PlayStation Lifestyle. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Nintendo Switch Games - Nintendo Switch Wiki Guide - IGN". IGN. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sanchez, Miranda (December 5, 2015). "PSX 2015: Adult Swim Bringing Headlander and More to PS4". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  4. ^ Priestman, Chris (June 24, 2015). "Duck Game Might Be The Only Platform Brawler With A Quack Button". Siliconera. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Hansen, Steven (July 10, 2015). "Review: Duck Game". Destructoid. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Molyneux, Harry (June 3, 2015). "'Duck Game' offers multiplayer over both online and local but has a basic single player mode. - PopOptiq". PopOptiq. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "IndieGames.com Review: Duck Game is Sure to...Quack You Up". indiegames.com. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Smith, Adam (June 11, 2015). "The Absolute Joy Of Duck Game". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  9. ^ Nunneley, Stephany (April 29, 2014). "Duck Game has four-player local multiplayer and releases on Ouya next month". VG247. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  10. ^ Peeples, Jeremy (November 25, 2014). "Massive Duck Game Upgrade Now Available". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  11. ^ "DUCK GAME for PC reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  12. ^ "DUCK GAME". Metacritic. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  13. ^ Jordan, Ned (June 25, 2015). "Duck Game Review". The Gamers' Temple. Soltar Enterprises. Retrieved December 31, 2016.