Until recently, I had presumed that a Clonk was the sound that my hard drive made just before I realized that I hadn’t backed it up properly. However, in this case, a Clonk is a tiny chap who can jump, climb and fire weapons in the service of reaching his goal. OpenClonk runs on Linux and is the latest in a series of side-view platform games that started life as a DOS shareware series.
Although, superficially, OpenClonk could be classified as a platform game, the pace is thoughtful rather than breakneck. It borrows its control system from first person shooters, and the familiar WASD key cluster is teamed with mouse control for movement and aiming respectively.