Kickoo’s Tak Tik Review

Developer: Kickoo Publisher: Kickoo
Release Date: November 4th, 2003 Also On: None

Kickoo is a successful PDA developer and publisher, which has had a close relationship with Tapwave since the launch of the Zodiac handheld. Kickoo recently brought their PDA title, Tak Tik, to the Zodiac. Basically, it is a chess-like game, in which pieces are of varying strength and defense.

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In Tak Tik, there are a few different game modes. Quick play places the 18 pieces randomly and the game begins. In 1 Player mode, you play against the AI. In 2 Player mode, you play against a friend, on the same device. The tutorial walks you through the basics of the game, teaches you about the pieces, and everything else that is necessary to know about the game.

Each piece has its own strengths and weaknesses. The objective of the game is to capture the opposing team’s princess. Each piece can move only once at a time, with the exception of the monster and buffoon. The monster can’t move at all and the buffoon can move straight in any direction (except diagonally) and can go until the blocks end or where another piece is. During the game, you can’t see your opponent’s pieces, they are hidden.

Hidden pieces make the game more challenging, but I would have prefered that you could see the pieces. Could you imagine playing chess without knowing what piece you are going up against? To find out which pieces are “dead� and which are remaining, you can visit the grave yard. This feature helps you plan your moves, since it is the only way at guessing where the remaining pieces are on the board.

The fight scenes aren’t animated. If the defense of a piece is lower than the strength of the other piece, the piece with the strength would win. If the defense and strength are identical, which means they are the same pieces, both of the pieces are eliminated. Tak Tik is an interesting chess rip-off, but for me, I’d rather play the game that has been around for centuries.

Graphics: 8
Sound: 4
Gameplay: 6.5
Creativity: 8.5
Replay Value/Game Length: 8
Final: 6.5
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