Sometimes you find yourself hankering for a good old fashioned platformer, something to give you a bit of a challenge and tax the old brain cells. Apple Jack from My Owl Software (or to be more precise, the work of one man, Tim Sycamore) most certainly falls into that category, but what sets it apart from the million other `me-too!` clones is a wonderfully esoteric take on the genre.
You play as Jack, a fellow with an Apple for a head, who has discovered that his pet dog has been kidnapped and is being held on Mount Snowdon in the Welsh mountains. While not many will be instantly familiar with the journey from East Anglia to North Wales, an almost travelogue theme is provided with each level being named after a small town or village along the route.
While some people might be screaming `parochial` right about now, Apple Jack`s surrealist bent is gentle and inviting. The humour is subtle, infused with an easy charm which fits the game perfectly without alienating any potential players.