• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Jan 12, 2005
Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. There's no shame at all in putting out a solid effort like this. The only "bad" thing that could be said about it is that it's not revolutionary.
  2. Tork is a fairly short game, especially because of the skew towards younger gamers.
  3. 64
    Tork isn't particularly inventive, doesn't have personality, and probably is worth a rental over a purchase.
  4. Sadly we've got a game that's fun towards the end but with a beginning that will have you throwing back sugar pills just to keep your blood pressure up.
  5. It's an unpleasant surprise that Tork turned out so utterly "blah."
  6. Between Tork's slightly unfinished feel and the rising standard for 20-dollar games, Tork really doesn't have a whole lot going in its favor.
  7. 40
    The theory of evolution may not apply to Tork as a character, but it should darn well apply to video games.
  8. As any gamer will tell you, it's not necessarily about the innovative pathways a title forges, but in how it handles - and Tork handles the curves smoothly. [March 2005, p.79]
  9. Perfect for the younger set.
  10. There's nothing new that we haven't seen many times before and done better. If you're looking for a game that so far seems to be like nothing else, then it's probably best to just wait a couple months for Psychonauts.
  11. It does prove entertaining in multihour bursts, it's just that it feels unsubstantial compared to better titles. [March 2005, p.128]
  12. A virtual compendium of platforming conventions, almost to a bizarre (otherworldly perhaps?) degree. [March 2005, p.137]
  13. This won't appeal to the hardcore but younger gamers will love the look and feel of this easy to pick up and play, visually appealling game. Just watch out for the tough spots!
  14. Eye candy, but not much beyond that.
  15. 58
    Clocking in at under ten hours, Tork is short. With all of its problems there is no reason to play it twice. There are mini-games, but they are nothing to go back for either.
  16. If I had to sum up Tork in just one word, it would be the word I have been using this entire time: mediocre.
  17. A flawed and problematic game that will stand out as such with a mature audience, but might not show up on the glitch radar of a younger player.
  18. 50
    There is no single thing terribly wrong with Tork, other than the fact that it's extremely vanilla, uncreative, and by-the-book.
  19. One of the prettiest games ever and wall-to-wall arcade fun. [Jan 2005, p.58]
  20. I do have a dinosaur-size bone to pick with the combat scheme: The melee either involves mashing on the X button nonstop to plow through adversaries or picking them off with your ranged attack.
  21. It's like your grandmother getting some unnecessary plastic surgery- there's some value for the dollar, but underneath seems to be the same old thing. Still, it could have been worse.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. BlueFalcon
    Feb 6, 2005
    4
    Platforming is my fav genre, but this one is way too bare bones, even for a discounted game. In the limited selection of platformers on xbox, Platforming is my fav genre, but this one is way too bare bones, even for a discounted game. In the limited selection of platformers on xbox, this is among the worst that I've tried. It's not that it's unplayable or anything. The problem is that nothing in it impresses. How Play magazine can call it "one of the prettiest games ever", is simply ridiculous. The enemies repeat over and over. The environments are simple, bland, and don't have a lot going on in them. And the graphics look like they could be pulled off on the ps1. Mostly this game just disappoints. Tork originally looked like it would be among the xbox's best, but then it's development went into hibernation for literally years. It looks like they brought it out to finish the project as cheap as possible. The results show. Full Review »
  2. Gem
    Jan 19, 2005
    9
    Excellent platformer, worth 9 if you like the genre it's a non sense to give a bad rating to an excellent game just because youExcellent platformer, worth 9 if you like the genre it's a non sense to give a bad rating to an excellent game just because you don't like the genre! Tork one of the best platformers. Full Review »