Tork: Prehistoric Punk

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Tork: Prehistoric Punk
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Developer(s) Tiwak
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Platform(s) Xbox
Release
  • NA: January 12, 2005
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player

Tork: Prehistoric Punk is a platform video game released on January 12, 2005 for the Xbox video game console. It was developed by Tiwak and published by Ubisoft. The game was never released outside the United States.

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In the game, players control the title character as he fights back against an evil sorcerer who is trying to destroy his world. He is a shapeshifter who travels through time to change history, transforming into three "spirit" animals along the way: a squirrel, a Yeti, and an armadillo. Various periods from the Stone Age to the fictitious "Age of Fantastical Machines" are represented.

The game is similar to and resembles the THQ video game series, Tak and the Power of Juju.

Development

Developed by Tiwak, a group founded by former Rayman 2 developers, Tork was originally planned to be published by Microsoft Studios for release in 2004. However, following Ed Fries' departure from the company, Microsoft dropped the game (though retained the trademark to the Tork character). [1] On April 21, 2004, Ubisoft announced that it had acquired the publishing rights from Microsoft (in addition to purchasing developer Tiwak and merging it with its Montpellier studio) and would be releasing Tork: Prehistoric Punk in North America in January 2005 for the budget retail price of $19.99. [2]

Critical response

The game received "mixed" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. [3]

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