Tork: Prehistoric Punk

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Tork: Prehistoric Punk
Tork: Prehistoric Punk
Cover art
Developer(s) Tiwak
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Platform(s) Xbox
  • NA: January 12, 2005
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player

Tork: Prehistoric Punk is a platform video game released on January 12, 2005 for the Xbox video game console. It was developed by Tiwak and published by Ubisoft. 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.

The game is similar and resembles the THQ video game series, Tak and the Power of Juju.


Developed by Tiwak (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).[1] On April 21, 2004 Ubisoft announced that it had acquired the publishing rights from Microsoft (in addition to purchasing developer Tiwak and merging it with its Montpellier studio) and would be releasing Tork: Prehistoric Punk in North America in January 2005, for the budgeted retail price of $19.99.[2]

Critical response[edit]

Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 63.69%[3]
Metacritic 62/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
EGM 6.17/10[5]
Game Informer 6/10[6]
GameSpot 5.3/10[7]
GameSpy 2.5/5 stars[8]
GameZone 6.9/10[9]
IGN 6.4/10[1]
OXM (US) 7.6/10[10]
TeamXbox 6.1/10[11]
X-Play 2/5 stars[12]
Detroit Free Press 2/4 stars[13]

The game was met with mixed reception upon release; GameRankings gave it a score of 63.69%,[3] while Metacritic gave it 62 out of 100.[4]


  1. ^ a b Goldstein, Hilary (January 13, 2005). "Tork: Prehistoric Punk". IGN. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Berardini, César A. (September 21, 2004). "Tork is Back!". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on January 13, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Tork: Prehistoric Punk for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Tork: Prehistoric Punk for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ EGM staff (March 2005). "Tork: Prehistoric Punk". Electronic Gaming Monthly (189): 128. 
  6. ^ Helgeson, Matt (March 2005). "Tork: Prehistoric Punk". Game Informer (143): 137. Retrieved December 7, 2014. [dead link]
  7. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (January 14, 2005). "Tork: Prehistoric Punk Review". GameSpot. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ Turner, Benjamin (January 9, 2005). "GameSpy: Tork: Prehistoric Punk". GameSpy. Archived from the original on December 18, 2005. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ David, Mike (January 31, 2005). "Tork Prehistoric Punk - XB - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on June 7, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tork: Prehistoric Punk". Official Xbox Magazine: 79. March 2005. 
  11. ^ Ahearn, Nate (January 21, 2005). "Tork: Prehistoric Punk Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan (May 9, 2005). "Tork: Prehistoric Punk Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on January 5, 2006. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ Gardner, Omari; Toby, Al; Huschka, Ryan (February 6, 2005). "RECENT RELEASES". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 

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