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Quest for the Golden Nut

Dirty birds. From the COTPATD project.
September 24th, 2002
Score : 6.3 fair
This is one of the three entrances for the Alternative Hero Romp Dmod Contest, written by James Perley. Unlike the other two, this dmod fits the "best" for the ordinary romp category.

You play Quacker the duck, Ethel's duck from the original Dink game. Basically it is a very short, one-dimensional game. The game was set exactly near the start of the original Dink game. It gave "some reasons" why Quacker ran away and where he went.

The only plot in the game is Quacker decided to go to an island where the golden nut grows. Eating a golden nut, a duck then can speak people's language.

There are a few small twists along the main plot. Most of them are not very special or even quite bad in the way you play it. Getting a lot of shells for the other duck is OK, and how the author made you walk a few times back and forth is kind of nice, but annoying, too. And although the other duck kept asking for a special shell, you didn't really obtain any different shells. The hardbox of some of the shells are very small, and therefore it is quite difficult to pick them up by the duck. On the other hand, you basically do not need to do anything to make the farmer love duck again. That's just bad. Then to get to the golden nut, you just walk all the way to the end of a plain maze. Only thing you can find in the maze is the golden nut, which looks like a golden apple. ;p

The gameplay is kind of weak. All you need to do is walking around and the conversation is very limited. I didn't quite enjoy the humor in this game, either. Why the duck wanted to leave the island and go back to where Dink found him? I don't know.

No apparent bug in this short game. No new graphics in the game.

Overall, if you have a few minutes spare time or you want to play every dmod, you might find this game to be another ordinary boring short game. This dmod is NOT a bad one, but not a good one, either.
September 24th, 2002
Score : 8.5 good
Peasant Female
This D-mod is one of the three entries in the Dink Network Alternative Hero D-mod Contest 2002. The others are Cycles of Evil by Redink1 and Lyna’s Story by Paul Pliska.

Storyline: You play a duck, Quackers, who is in search for the golden nut because he wants to be able to talk and that is what the golden nut is capable of since it is a mythical fruit.

Map and graphics: The mapping is done nicely, although the map is slightly empty. No new graphics, except on the title screen and those look nice.

Music: It suits the situation.

Good: There is humour in it; like the duck farmer who is actually quite fond of ducks, and like the humans talking to Quackers, thinking he can not understand them. The intro movie is nicely done. The authors solution to the fact that ducks can not fight and therefore Quackers needs to do something else to accomplish the quest, is impressive.

Not so good: In the beginning you have to walk several times to get a shelf that some other duck wants. After walking about ten times back and forth I finally discovered what the trick is to walk just three times instead of ten or more times. Then it was quite funny and I was amused by it, but not when I was still walking.

Overall: A nicely made alternative hero D-mod.

Fit for: If you want to have a nice adventure in which you play a duck.
September 23rd, 2002
Score : 6.2 fair
Peasant Male Belgium
The Quest for the Golden Nut, in my opinion the worst of the three entries in the alternative hero contest, features Ethel's duck in its attempt to escape the woman's cruel intentions. So, the little duck decides to go on a search for the famous Golden Nut. From then on it's one small and tedious quest after another. You'll have to run around the map for quite some time, looking for that ONE thing you might have missed, only to find out that it wasn't really worth finding it at all.
There's nothing innovative about this d-mod, nor anything fun. It's very short and perhaps not worth your precious time, unless there's really nothing else to play. I won't say there aren't any worse romps, because that would be wrong, but it can't match the quality of some others. I just couldn't shake the feeling that this d-mod was made in such a short time with such little attention.
Overall, I must say I'm disappointed. Therefore, the score's a little on the low side, but fair is fair : 6.2