Review Space Duck
Interesting arcade about space kitten
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 06 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One S
Decent animation, decent graphics, lots of levels, unusual game play
Monotonous game play
Space Duck for Android is a game where you need to draw patterns on a 9x9 grid; a bit like the unlock patterns you might have on your phone. Your character - an astronaut duck, waddles along this strange alien planet, and will die if gets to one of these unlock patterns before you’ve drawn it properly.
You don’t just have to get the pattern right, you have to do it the right way - from the green point to the red point. It’s highly fiddly, because the points you need to connect are so small, and you can’t see what you’re doing with your fingers in the way.
It also seems kind of harsh that your character dies immediately if you get one wrong. Having 3 lives would make the game a bit more balanced. I found it really challenging to even get past the first few pattern locks.
Space Duck has some originality going for it - this is an unusual and challenging way of keeping your character moving. But fiddly controls and high difficulty make it a frustrating game, and it feels like there isn’t anything to look forward to, or to motivate you to keep going. They’ve done a good job of using unusual and challenging patterns, and the patterns are always different. If it was easier to get the game to recognise them, this would be a pretty decent game. The ads are fiddly to close too.
Endless runner with unique gameplay mechanics
Author: Ollie Green
Date: 03 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Unusual game design, really addictive, one-finger controls, ads are not confusing
Endless runner games have over-run the app store over the last few months, but despite the large swarms of similar games, some developers manage to keep the genre fresh, and that is exactly what the developers of Space Duck for Android have managed to do.
In this game, you will follow a small duck who is running through terrain on a strange planet. We're not really given an explanation as to why the duck is running, but he just won't stop. Well, as long as you help to remove obstacles in his way that is. Unlike most endless runner games, you do not actually take control of the duck. Instead of jumping over obstacles, the duck will continue to walk in a straight line, regardless of what is in his way.
If the duck hits an obstacle, your run will end. To remove obstacles you will need to draw out a pattern on-screen that matches the pattern held above each particular obstacle. You are given a grid to draw on, and each pattern must start and end in a specified point for it to remove the obstacle successfully. As the duck continues to run, the patterns will get harder and more frequent, forcing you to frantically swipe all over the place.
It would be nice if the swiping was a bit more responsive - when it's most important it seems the game doesn't seem to register lines in the direction you'd want it to, which is quite game breaking. Besides this issue, this game is a lot of fun, and comes with a very nice set of music and sound effects.
Space Duck is free to play, and there are no in-app purchases, but you will need to deal with ads.