Bloc Media is a familiar name here at JIG as I have enjoyed playing and reviewing several of their previous efforts, including: Head Games, Pop Pirates, and Stackopolis. In fact, Stackopolis recently took home the Webby award for Best Game after having been up against some very stiff competition. So you can imagine my delight when Rick from Bloc sent word today of their latest browser-based effort, this team-based battle royal created for Sony's Playstation.com.
ZWoK! is a charming and addictive, multiplayer, turn-based strategy Flash game in which players engage in battles using projectile firing weapons. It's a fight to the finish where the team with the last Zwok standing wins.
There are two opposing teams, Blooz vs. Grienz, and each round consists of 3-on-3 player teams selected and placed randomly by the ZWoK game server. The Blooz team begins each round on the left of the battlefield (also randomly selected), and the Grienz positions are all on the right.
Once a round begins you will have 10-seconds to move your Zwok with the arrow keys and click the mouse to select a power and angle for the selected weapon's trajectory. You may change weapons at any time by choosing from the drop-down menu next to your score. When the timer fires, everyone's moves are executed at once while you sit back and watch the mayhem! Each time you hit an opposing player you earn points relative to the damage incurred.
Gain experience by scoring points with your Zwok and new weapon options will become available to you. Before your score can be saved, however, you must join the ranks of the ZWoK by creating a character, choosing a user name and password, and selecting either the Blooz or the Grienz as the team you will be representing.
Analysis: ZWoK! is a crazy fun multiplayer game with attitude and panache. The artwork in the game is gorgeous, and the little zombie-like post-apocalyptic creatures are strangely cute and adorable. Besides being pretty to look at, the game is amazingly easy to jump right into and play, and it offers enough features to keep you coming back for more. The game is essentially a simple version of multiplayer Worms (also similar to Gunbound and even Scorched Earth), and yet its simplicity is one of the game's most redeeming qualities. It easily surpasses most of the Flash multiplayer turn-based strategy games I have played.
My only complaint is that I wish there were some way to save a friends list of preferred people to be matched up with, or against, as there seems to be no way to play with your friends. But that's about the only thing it seems to be lacking. This little game is a gem!
Tons of avatar combinations and colors to choose from, battle statistics and high score ranking to boot. This game has just the right elements to make it extremely addictive and a lot of fun to play! Another excellent game from the award-winning team at Bloc Media.