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March 26, 2010

Duck Life

Filed under: Free, Linux, Macintosh, Sport & Racing, WindowsHeath @ 05:37

He's so full of hope, that little duck.

You are a farmer and you own a duckling. Because this is America, and you want to be the best of the best, you are training this duck for some races. There are 3 different skills that are tested – running, swimming and flying. You have 2 ways of upgrading these skills. You can train them, by doing repetitive tasks where you have to dodge obstacles like rocks and icebergs. Or, you can buy blue seed which train all the skills at the same time.

Once you think your little guy is ready for it, you can race him. If you win, you get money, which you can spend on more seed. If you’re stupid, you can spend your money customizing your duck.  It all culminates in the World Championships, where you race against another duck in the ultimate test of your skills.

Tell me about it.

This is a very poorly designed game. It is repetitive and there is no way to “lose” the game. Winning means being able to face your own limits of time and boredom. The upgrade system is flawed, and it would be nice if you could have some control over the races, but they are all on auto drive.

The keys are pretty boring, and the training sessions for running and swimming get very hard after a certain level. There is no sense of “balance to the game”.

Aesthetics

Even the look of the game does not help it. The one thing it has going for it is the moving background in the main screen. Other than that, the graphics are flat and the physics are often flawed.

One thing that would have been cool is to have the duck’s physical appearance change when he upgraded. In addition, the duck doesn’t even look like a duck, it looks like a chick.

Final Verdict

If you are interested in watching a yellow blob move across the screen for 45 minutes so you can beat another white blob so you can get a crown, then this is the game for you. Otherwise, go play outside.

Duck Life

 ★★☆☆☆ 

Gameplay: ★★☆☆☆ 

Technical: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Train your duck. Save the farm.

Game: Duck Life | Developer: Arcade Town

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    this game sucks!

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    Comment by hayden — April 7, 2010 @ 19:09

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