Monday, September 2, 2013

Undiscovered App #34 - The Quest: A Real Old School RPG

The QuestMy most favorite RPGs when I was growing up was Might and Magic, Pool of Radiance, and Ultima. If these ever get ported to the iPhone, you can bet I'd be throwing my money at it in a heartbeat. Until then, I was able to find a great app that reminded me of Might and Magic, and for others who grew up with Elder Scrolls, you'll also see a resemblance.

Today's Undiscovered App is an oldie: The Quest was released way back in 2009, practically the Stone Age in iPhone terms and has therefore likely been forgotten, but it has withstood the test of time, with additional updates continuing through the years. It's one of the few games that kept me engaged long enough to play it all the way through. It has a remarkably deep and customizable character development system, where you have a large range of skills to acquire and improve upon, and depending on what skills you choose, it will have an impact on how easy (or difficult) it will be able to accomplish your goals. Plus, combine that with its non-linearity, it might even remind you of Fallout's open world system.

It is set up in a first person, 3D format. The graphics are attractive in an old school kind of way, which definitely gives it a retro feel (see some of the screen shots below):

The Quest screen shots

There are endless quests, some that move you toward your overall goal, and some that don't affect the story line but give the world a greater personality (in addition to nice weapons, spells, armor, or experience). Like in the old days, leveling can be a little on the slow end, plus you actually have to read and figure things out; it's not always just sitting there on a silver platter for you. That's part of what made it enjoyable; for others, that's what made it unbearable. If you want a real game, then The Quest might be what you've been looking for. It has an average rating of 3.5 stars from over 2,800 reviews, and is available for $4.99.




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