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Space Ducks: The great escape

Developer: Flynns Arcade

  • Price: $4.99
  • Release Date: Nov 10, 2022
  • Number of Players: 1
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  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
  • Watch that first step, it could be fatal, and in space nobody can hear you… quack?

    Gravity-defying puzzlers have made themselves known on the Switch in a few different forms, but none have been structures quite like Space Ducks. Generally keeping things basic, with you simply deciding which direction to move in and then seeing what events you may trigger by doing so, it can feel a bit easy when you first start out. However, it doesn’t take long before the shifting nature of the land you’re standing on, which could simply fall into space if you make a wrong move, makes you engage your brain a bit more to plot out what set of moves will bring you success. As you progress new wrinkles like you alternating control of more than one space duck pop up (though I’m disturbed that apparently just one of them escaping is good enough, sucks to be the one who was helpful but now doomed to die) to further complicate matters as well to keep things freshened up periodically. While it can be entertaining to see the various ways your crew will die when making wrong moves the fact that almost all missteps are fatal does at times make it feel too trial and error focused in a way that’s black and white, rather than forcing you to really consider the big picture and plot it out. You can just proceed, die, and learn to not make that move the next time without really having learned anything, essentially solving the puzzle through a rote methodology instead of planning. Nevertheless, it has some appeal for puzzle fans who are tired of games that fall into familiar patterns much of the time.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Good [7.2]

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