Title Ork Category Platform Players 1 Compatibility All Submission Joona Palaste (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review Ork is the least famous game of Psygnosis's famous "arcade trio": Agony, Leander, Ork. It's also the only one of those that I personally own. That's because I played a demo version of it and was so interested I went ahead and bought the actual game. In my view, Ork hasn't got all the credit it deserves. Let's have a look. The game is a 5-level platform game, where you get to solve puzzles, collect objects and kill enemies. The plot is that you're a soldier in an alien army trying to become a starship captain, and you're subjected to a series of tests to see if you are captain material. The actual gaming represents this series of tests. Graphics and sound play a major part in platform games, more so than in strategy games, for example. Like you'd expect in a Psygnosis game, both the graphics and the sound are excellent. Every one of the five levels has a pleasingly realistic "organic alien world" theme, which varies from level to level. All the other graphics are also very good, except for the enemy sprites. They are fluidly animated, but are terribly monochromatic. Some have likened them to cardboard cutouts, that is not far from the truth. There is only one real music piece in Ork, the intro music. This music is surprisingly good, it beats those of many other platforms, and it goes on for several minutes. Well worth listening to. There is a "game over" music too, but that's shorter and less interesting. In the game itself, you only get sound effects. These do their job, but aren't that remarkable. As mentioned above, your character is an alien army soldier. This character, called Ku-Kabul, looks like a red Tasmanian devil. He is armed with a machine gun, and has an integrated jetpack for vertical travel. The gun needs bullets, and the jetpack needs fuel, both of which can be replenished by refills found in strategic places on the levels. Ku-Kabul also can carry a number of items and use them on other places on the level map. Every level also has one or more computer terminals, these can be used to do many different tasks, such as looking at the level map, or loading/saving your position (only one position per disk, however). Overall, Ork is a nice gaming experience, and well worth having. However, it doesn't have anything to merit itself as a "classic" game, or even any special awards. I haven't played Leander or Agony, but I think they might well be the better part of this game trio. Ork works fine on all Amigas when booted from the floppies, but it comes on non-standard disks, so to install to hard disk you need a special WHDLoad installer, available from AmiNet.