Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game Review

Screenshot of Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game
In the last few stages of the game you'll have to rely on the abilities of each of the alien contestants to succeed

  • Review by: Mark Goninon
  • Developer: Freekstorm
  • Publisher: Freekstorm
  • Release Date: 26 July 2017
  • Time played: 10.3 hours

What is it

Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game is a third-person, 3D puzzle game where you direct three aliens called Greeboo, Micmac and Tiktok through a series of levels containing puzzles and traps; these levels are all part of an intergalactic game show hosted by a god called Doctor Kvorak. Depending on whether you choose to complete optional objectives or not, you can either doom planets to obliteration (hence the name of the game) or save them so they can be miniaturised and kept as part of Doctor Kvorak's planetary collection.

The game seems to borrow elements from games like Portal (derisive host, multiple levels to solve, lots of crate puzzles, etc.) and The Cave (puzzle game requiring the cooperation of three characters to complete levels).

The game also supports VR but since I don't have a VR headset I wasn't able to test the game from this perspective.

How I got it

Thanks to the generous folks at Freekstorm, I received a free review key for this game and that's basically how I got into it. As you know, I don't normally go out of my way to acquire puzzle games but Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game seems to be one that is more to my liking as it bears some similarities to Portal which is one of my favourite games of all time. Sadly, no portal guns in this game though.

What I like:

Screenshot from Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game
Apparently, the inhabitants of Terra are annoying pink squishy creatures

Choosing to save or destroy planets

While on the surface the game is pretty linear you do get the choice of whether to save or destroy planets after each level: this is tied to how well you perform on the level with respect to collecting planetary fragments – collect them all and you save a planet of sentient beings; don't and you doom them to obliteration.

Happy Ending

The game has a happy ending which is miraculous in this day and age of darkness and grittiness.

Family friendly

Okay, the game does talk about life and death a lot but in terms of actual violence, there's very little here besides aliens being shot by laser guns, electrocuted or falling into the abyss; each of these animations though don't show gratuitous violence so the game is probably ideal for kids aged 8+.

Casual* gameplay

Most of the game involves fairly easy levels that will take you 30 – 45 minutes to complete which makes it a relaxing, casual affair.
*for the most part – except right at the end.


Like Maniac Mansion (a game by Ron Gilbert!) or The Cave (also by Ron Gilbert!), Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game requires cooperation amongst the alien contestants to solve the puzzles (at least in the latter stages of the game): one alien called Greeboo is able to place blue cubes on pressure plates, another alien called Micmac can walk through energy barriers and a third alien called Tiktok can swap positions with her alien comrades through teleportation. It's pretty neat and definitely something that makes this game stand out from the rest of the crowd.


I did submit one bug report for the game with respect to one of the aliens getting left behind while using a double occupant teleporter, but so long as one of them manages to get to the next checkpoint, you're fine. Thankfully, this is the only real bug I could find and the rest of the game was a blissful, bug-free experience (except for the levels with the bug-like alien Tiktok of course).

Community Maps

I haven't dabbled around with this yet but you can apparently create your own maps to share with the rest of the community; this should increase the game's replay value which is a big thumb up.

Hammy voice acting

Okay, this is going to be a matter of taste but I for one love the hammy voice acting. At least I think it's meant to be hammy... otherwise I now sound like a complete jerk...

90s dance/VGM inspired soundtrack

Listening to the soundtrack is a nostalgia trip for me – it reminds me of lazy afternoons spent playing PC games in the 1990s. Not everyone is going to like the style (I mean who would readily admit that they like 90s dance music or synthpop nowadays?) but hey, I think the music is catchy and I want to get my hands on the downloadable MP3 soundtrack – once it's finally released (it's free with the game 😊).

EDIT: Apparently this is not true. The soundtrack is actually available as paid DLC for $4.99 USD.

Steam Achievements

There aren't any trading cards for the game (at least not yet) but there are Steam achievements you can earn, even ones which encourage you to find creative ways in killing off the contestants – Sierra On-Line would be proud...

Family development team

This isn't going to affect my score for the game but I think it's exceptional that a small indie development team consisting of one family managed to develop a high-quality game, even if it took them 7 years to do it. It makes me look bad. Damn overachievers...

What I dislike:

Screenshot of Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game
I now have nightmares about this stage: 45 minutes to just get past this part!


While the graphics are passable the game feels like it's a product of the 2000s and the blocky shadows don't help either. Also, the lip-synching seems a bit off too.

Annoying host

Yes, I know game show hosts are meant to be annoying (at least that's the stereotype) but after almost 10 hours of listening to Doctor Kvorak talk about how awesome it is to be a deity along with his incessant drivel about the meaning of life, it becomes almost unbearable. Thank God there's Eggloot the rhyming space hen to balance things out (I'm serious!)...

Difficulty spike

Remember how I was saying most of the game was an easy, casual affair? Well that's definitely not the case for the final level which caught me by surprise. To be fair, the level isn't actually that difficult but relative to the rest of the game, it comes across as a huge difficulty spike and it took me two hours to complete! True, I possibly could've used my time more efficiently (that's basically what the teleporting alien Tiktok is for, right?) but most of my time was spent restarting the puzzles thanks to the clumsy aliens bumping each other off platforms and that brings me on to my next point...

Shifting goalposts

On some levels, aliens dying don't seem to reset puzzles; on others, it does. This may tie in with the de-activation of their abilities (Greeboo being able to place blue cubes onto pressure plates for example) but there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. Also, on some levels once you've unlocked a door it stays open while on others you actually need an alien or an object to be sitting on a button continually in order to keep the door open. Also, either triggering checkpoints or dying would sometimes cause doors behind you to lock closed while other times it wouldn't. It's a bit confusing and maybe it's all part of the game (or Kvorak's devilish humour) but it does mean the game can get frustrating at times as you can't plan ahead.

Non-customisable controls

The controls are not customisable and when you look up the controls it actually opens a separate webpage. Why can't they just be a part of the game instead?

Score – 7/10 (Good)

If you can overcome the annoying game show host (Doctor Kvorak himself) and the fact the game isn't going to be a cakewalk at the end (despite the previous 90% of it being exactly that), there's a fun, well-polished, family friendly puzzle game to be played here along with a catchy soundtrack to accompany it. There's even a stronger case to buy this game if you've got a VR headset or you're into designing your own levels and sharing them with the community.

Is the game worth $19.99 USD?: Yes, but only just. The game is the same price as similar games Portal 2 and Antichamber and Portal 2 is admittedly a tough act to beat. However, when you buy this game you do get the soundtrack included for free and if you have a VR headset then it would represent even better value.

EDIT: Apparently this is not true. The soundtrack is actually available as paid DLC for $4.99 USD.

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[ LINK: Official Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game Website ]