Developed by RageSquid and published by Curve Digital Action Henk ‘is a lightning fast platform racing game set in a beautifully crafted 3D toy box world, where a cast of classic action figure inspired characters compete to once and for all prove that Action Henk is the fastest of them all!’
In Action Henk you start out as, well Action Henk. A washed up action figure that has let himself go. During the opening cutscene you see Henk reminiscing about his glory days, as he watches an old commercial of himself and holding his ‘Toy of the Year’ award. This is stolen from him by Dr. Kentony, Henk then embarks on his mission to track him down. The gameplay is pretty straight forward, players must race against the clock to complete each level earning bronze, silver and gold medals based on the completion time of each level.
Players have to run along the level, sliding on their butts on down hill sections to gain speed, and time jumps to clear obstacles. Momentum is key to beating the set times and you’ll find yourself constantly playing levels until you get it right, it is simple, but really addictive. Once gold times are beaten you then open up rainbow times, these are difficult to beat and set a real challenge to those are are looking for it. You can also set the ‘ghost’ for each time to run alongside you too, so you can get an idea of where you may be going wrong, plus get a look at possible shortcuts that certain levels may have.
Levels are grouped in to ‘batches’, each batch having five levels to complete with a challenge at the end that if beaten will unlock either another character to use, or a different skin for characters. If players manage to beat the gold times on each level, they will unlock a bonus level in which they will have to collect coins within a certain time limit. As you can imagine, the further you progress in the game, the levels become more complex and need a lot more time to practice and learn the layout. This can be frustrating, but definitely gives the player a sense of achievement when they finally beat it.
Some levels also require the player to pick up the Hookshot, very pleasantly presented in it’s very own blister pack this ‘accessory’ enables players to hook into parts of the level to swing across massive gaps and slingshot themselves onto high up platforms. This really changes up some levels and keeps the gameplay fresh. Action Henk also comes with a local multiplayer mode in which you can take on up to 3 other people simultaneously. Although there’s a missed opportunity here with the lack of online multiplayer, you can take on your online friends via the leaderboards in single player.
There’s over 70 levels, with visuals that are reminiscent of Toy Story. Tracks are made up of a mixture of building blocks and Hot Wheels styled tracks. The floor also turns to lava if players fall off the track, a nod to the classic childhood game of ‘the floor is lava’ There’s also some nods to other stuff, in the background for example there’s a ‘Henk of Duty’ poster on the wall that is styled very similarly to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. The soundtrack is pretty catchy, very up beat and typical of what I would call ‘Arcade’ music. The characters all have their own little sayings, and make random grunts and groans while jumping around etc. There’s even a small amount of voice over during cutscenes.
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