Conclusion: Space Ark is a decent kids game, and it will probably hold the attention of an adult for a good couple of hours, but eventually the repetition begins to grate, and staring into the hypnotic disney-eyes of the Arkonauts becomes slightly disturbing as you begin to wonder whether they can see into your soul. Fun, but best not played late at night after a few drinks, else you may develop a phobia of anything with eyeballs bigger than its hands.
Conclusion: You will find yourself sitting in front of your TV, actually studying a level to find out which is the best way to complete it. And practice makes perfect. Some levels will take many, many attempts before success (which is where the option to start from a specific, troublesome level in order to complete it comes in very handy). Overall: I give this one 4.5 stars.
Excerpt: Arkanoid with jumping puzzles and fuzzy animals. That, in a nutshell, is Space Ark, a kid-friendly Xbox Live Arcade game from Strawdog Studios that sees you bouncing around grabbing blocks with some of the cutest protagonists to ever grace a video game. So it's pretty much kids-only here, unless you have an incredible tolerance for big-eyed animals and graphics that look like My Little Pony ate a Smurf and hurled all over your TV screen.
Pros: Breezy, lightweight block game good for kids, Plentiful number of levels in the three modes of play
Cons: Repetitive gameplay, Cuteness overload with saccharine visuals and sound
Summary: " Space Ark " is a fun little diversion. There’s a nice amount of content, bright visuals, and the game is good for both adults and kids. The lack of online play is pretty annoying, but apart from that, there are no major flaws- but at the same time, no matter what additions have been made, it’s hard to get too excited about an Arkanoid clone.
Excerpt: For one of the oldest and most oversaturated genres out there it’s interesting that puzzle games seem almost immune to accusations of plagiarism. After all, almost every game of this type today openly takes many of its core mechanics from the progenitor of videogame addiction: Tetris . Space Ark , Strawdog Studios’ latest contribution to the genre, is no different.
Excerpt: It’s such a shame that more games can’t be included in Microsoft’s ‘Summer of Arcade’ campaign, because the ones that do usually don’t need the publicity. The ones that don’t – case in point: Space Ark – are left outside with the rest of the riff-raff, fighting it out for the attention of the masses.
Conclusion: How would you go about repopulating a planet? Correct, you would bounce some cute anime-eyed animals up and down on a trampoline so they can collect coloured gems and large pieces of fruit.