Cute and clever in equal measure
Skweek is something of an underrated classic, a jolly slice of colourful puzzling fun that has vanished pretty much into obscurity but which is actually more than worth digging out when you're in the mood for cuteness rather than action. The basic concept behind the game is simple enough and sees an adorable little furball exploring a series of maze-like levels, colouring in all the blocks as it goes while avoiding the various nasties that wander around at random. The furball is armed with a simple weapon with which to disptach these enemies but this is pretty non-violent stuff on the whole and is more concerned with mild puzzling action. This aspect is introduced with the inclusion of the arrows which only allow movement in the specified direction while the addition of bombs to blow apart blockades also adds in a little extra spice. Skweek is nothing spectacular but it is undeniably charming, provides a lot of challenge in its 99 levels and has that elusive one-more-go quality which keeps you coming back for more. The visuals are appealing, with lovely colourful sprites that pack a lot of personality, the theme tune is appropriately chirpy and acts as a constant reminder that none of this is to be taken too seriously while the levels themselves are well designed, with some real head-scratchers later on. Older gamers looking for complexity and depth might find only brief amusement here but younger ones or fans of the likes of arcade classic Pacman or cute and furry puzzlers like Lemmings should find some fun here.