My name is Ku-Kabul, a wannabe space captain who has to suffer a series of tests on alien infested words to prove my worth. Each level has a guardian and he won't let you pass until you cross his palm with silver. Thankfully, I have been supplied with a cool laser cannon and a jet booster to help me!
Ork is a scrolling platform shoot 'em up by Psygnosis that involves a rather angry looking dude with a big gun. Yep sounds good to me, but Psygnosis have never been a favourite company of mine, it's obvious where their preference lay. Thankfully, they did make some great Atari ST games and I first thought Ork might be one of them...
After a nice intro with cool title music, Ork bares its gorgeous assets for all, with well defined graphics accompanied by beautiful colourful backgrounds. All sound effects are made up from samples and add a punch of attitude as you run around on your killing spree.
I'm reminded a little of Shadow Of The Beast and Leander with maybe a slice of Killing Gameshow thrown in for good measure. Gameplay consists of solving puzzles and killing lots (and lots) of baddies. Controls are superb, the puzzles aren't overbearing, and the action is hectic and exciting. The required tasks are pretty easy and progression to the next level won't be allowed until solved. However, it's the action which I enjoy and it is certainly fun blasting those trippy aliens that frantically race around the screen just asking to be blown up!
Ork is a great mix of platformer, puzzler and shoot 'em up but I do feel an extra nip of speed would have made things perfect, it's a shame Psygnosis failed to use enhanced hardware to achieve this. However, that is my only gripe because I do recommend Ork, very highly. A good game which could easily have been superb but that's Psygnosis for you.