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BUCK is a work in progress and so this is a quick "first look" rather than a review.

BUCK is a side-scrolling adventurefrom WAVE Interactive. At present there is little to see or do but what I have seen I have liked.

There is a dark, seemy, post apoclyptic atmosphere, and the people I have met so far have been armed to the teeth, edgy and dangerous, some even tried to kill me (and succeeded a couple of times). BUCK can run along the scene by use of the Arrow keys - don't use WASD as some of these fire your weapons and waste your ammunition (D and W especially). The problems I have encountered so far are that Buck doesn't see the enemy coming, they appear from off screen and thus you are always reacting to the attack rather than formulating any plan or even beginning the fight. If you turn and run to give yourself some thinking time you don't get very far before the scene reaches its perimeter and you haven't made any ground between you and your assailants, so you have to fight and because you didn't react immediately by shooting unless you have the shotgun (2 shots then (R)eload) ready you will be dead in seconds. The shotgun usually blasts your opponents backwards and gives you time to reload or draw your pistols or sword, it very rarely does enough one-shot damage to kill.

BUCK obviously needs some work so no judgement yet. Looks like it will be a fun addition to side-scrolling games though.


Kickstarter -                            Trailer -


Buck is a 2D Metroidvania adventure that's set in a haunted and sombre post-apocalyptic wasteland, in which you play as Buck, a motorcycle garage mechanic who decides to leave everything he knows behind in order to find the truth behind a girl's disappearance; all while struggling to adjust himself to a world he doesn't fully understand.

"We're excited to share with you Buck's Kickstarter," said Gal Kfir, project lead at Wave Interactive.

"Over the years the game has evolved quite significantly along with the new campaign, we now also have playable pre-alpha of Buck! You now can experience the desolate and dangerous universe of the game for yourself. If you like what you see, please pledge on our game, there are some fabulous tiers and rewards on offer - you can even get your pet included as an NPC!"

Trained by his stepdad to fight, shoot and fix nearly anything, Buck can take on, and surprise, even the biggest of brutes by his speed, strength and utter determination. Traverse the arid, unforgiving wastelands while fighting its fierce inhabitants. 

Players will have to brawl, or talk, their way though junkyards, mountain passes, ghost towns and survivor outposts, while trying to piece together what brought this world, and its rugged people, to their knees. 

Buck Features:
◾ Destroy enemies with Buck's own hand crafted, upgradeable weapons. 

◾ Complete missions in varied and distant locations, while fighting the onslaught of different types of enemy. 

◾ Earn and loot Scraps to purchase more items and upgrade your arsenal. 

◾ Explore the 2D world with hidden passages, dark secrets and meet its remorseless characters. 

◾ Negotiate with the salty denizens of Westown, wayward merchants and mysterious mercenaries, each with their own goals and agenda. 

◾ Actions and consequences - choose your answers wisely, there's no going back. Every decision is automatically saved. 



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