So I never played it, and I don't really remember even seeing one, which is a surprise considering I worked at and owned two game stores when 16 bit was king. But I remember it in magazines, and I remember not giving a rat's ass 'cause other stuff looked more awesome. Like, all the other stuff. Years later, I seem to have the impression that Plok was a bit of a gem, so I'm giving it a go to see if that's true.
Loading it up now is delightful. Right off the bat there's a catchy soundtrack, far better and more energetic than most SNES games. And the graphics - they're bright and colourful, not plain like Super Mario World, and not eye-searing like some candy-land kid's game with its palette of pink, pinker and pinkfuckyoupink. It looks good, and it looks like it was done by someone who knew what they were doing. It's happy and it's not ashamed about it.
I like it so far. No character momentum, snappy controls, it's silly without being stupid.
And it's creative. B button shoots, but instead of bullets or whatever, he hurls his hands and feet. They come back like boomerangs, unless they hit something and they return immediately through some sort of colourful magic or whatever. I dunno, it's a game, realism's for losers. If you throw all four limbs, Plok drops to the ground and cruises along on his belly. It's clever. It makes me smile.
Here's the ROM if you want to try it.