Posted by Hunter on Tue, 04 Aug 2009.
“In an unknown place, at an unknown time, perfect harmony has been found and the act of war has been forgotten. In this world void of violence, a sport has risen to champion those who crave mischief and excitement. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you…ZWOK!”
Not much of a back story but welcome any way to Worms meets Tim Burton, and a game that is devilishly addictive! In this Utopian world there are two opposing teams (or should that read teamz?), the “Blooz” and the “Grienz”. There are three players allocated to each team, and you and your allies must knock your opponent’s energy or whatever it is down to zero. To achieve this you are given a seemingly endless supply of balls to lob at your opponents. At the beginning your choice of balls is limited to the standard single ones that are referred to as “rollers”, and to be perfectly honest, they are more then adequate, so you're not really at any disadvantage, all you need is a bit of cunning.
When the game first loads up you are given the chance to be lazy, and use “Quick Play”, which means that your in game appearance is totally random and that you have an equal chance of playing for the “Blooz” or the “Grienz”. If this is just all too much, and you simply must MUST have your own playing name and have control over what you look like, you can create an account, and spend a few minutes personalising your appearance.
The controls are quite simple. The arrow keys move your little chap / zwok / thing left and right, and the mouse lets you choose the angle of your throw / launch, as well as the amount of power you put into it. You are given a count down and any movement / firing action you make has to be done in the allotted time. When the time runs out, you see everybody’s movement at once, followed by the balls being chucked left right and centre. If you’re still standing, time to move and fire again.
Zwok is one of those games you can easily spend a bit more time then you had intended, ”JUST ONE MORE GAME, HONEST!”, and before you know it, half an hour has shot by. It’s inoffensive, it’s pretty simple to play and it’s pretty quick to load too. Well worth a quick look at the very least.
Couple of quick tips for you. Don’t stay in the same place, always move. Try not to end up in a dip/trough because all rolling balls will naturally head towards the lowest point. If you can, get in behind the opposition players, but again, don’t stay there.