How can I have just discovered Plok on the Super Nintendo? Quite possibly one of the finest hidden gems on this marvellous 16-bit console that I picked up in a recent Super Nintendo haul. Plok is a super cute side scroller, developed by Software Creations and released in 1993. Packed full of vibrant colours, tricky challenges and limb throwing weaponry, Plok feels like s must own title for any fan of the Super Nintendo.
The game play feels incredibly quick and relies on fast reflexes of the player. Dodging rolling logs, flying objects and pesky blue fleas all formulate the crux of the game play. Ploks initial attacks involve him throwing his four limbs at nearby enemies thus banishing them from his path. Tastefully, the story evolves from Cotton Island where Plok wonders, in a bid to find his missing flag. Once his flag is found our red hero soon realises that he was tricked in to going to Cotton Island! Damn! Upon returning to his beautiful home island of Akrillic Plok discovers a new threat: Blue Fleas! No amount of Full Marks Head Lice Cream will get rid of these quickly. From here, Ploks quest continues through the vast, colourful and aesthetic land of Polyesta (the coolest name for a fictional place).
Plok is currently sat in my Super Nintendo; perched nicely on my console unit. It will remain there until I cannot take playing Plok anymore. I'm having so much fun playing it. The power ups really ramp up the game play mechanics. My personal favourite is the buzz saw which turns Plok in to a speeding saw able to rip through any enemy (if only for a short period). This reminds me of Sonic's spin. Another cool game play feature is the addition of a super jump which allows Plok to hump higher and further. I've found this useful when trying to reach the power up boxes.
At first glimpse I noticed at just how stunning this game looks. The developers appear to have made delightful use of the Super nintendo's vast colour palette and both background and foregrounds blend well during the game.
I'm absolutely floored that I discovered this game today. How did I miss it in the 90s? Let me know if you have played this. I'd love to hear what you all think. Plok is worth a solid 9 out of 10 from me. Back in 1993 Electronic Gaming Monthly rated Plok 8 out of 10 which is also pretty solid.
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