Quest For Infamy
Kickstarter is an amazing thing. It brings to life so many great ideas and dreams, particularly in the world of gaming. A popular trend in indie games at the moment are retro-inspired games, or “retro throwbacks”, like last week’s release of Shovel Knight. This week sees the release of another crowdsourced retro throwback title, ‘Quest for Infamy’, from indie developer Infamous Quests.
The game has swirled around in the minds of its creators for many years, but due to lack of finances, it was always put on the backburner. Their dream was to create a classic point and click adventure, with RPG elements and still hold a torch to old classics such as Space Quest, Police Quest and the like.
When Infamous Quests revealed their initial idea for Quest for Infamy via Kickstarter, they were met with an overwhelmingly positive response. Flash forward to today, and the final build of the game is finally here, but how does it play?
Quest for Infamy is a solid adventure game filled with plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor, an entertaining cast and a slew of puzzles for you to discover. It follows the exploits of a Mr Roehm, whose troubled past has led him to the town of Volksville, where he discovers that not everything is as it seems.
The selling point of any adventure title, is its cast, which this game delivers in spades. Vibrant characters, full of charm, humor and sometimes stereotypes, each person you meet has some quirkiness that always delivers a smile. The main protagonist (Mr Roehm) is a smooth talking, quick-witted and hilarious character. His often dry wit to retort to an odd townsperson had me in stitches on many occasions. Whether smartmouthing a wizard or trying to woo the daughter of the Innkeeper, Mr Roehm is an instantly likable character. The game’s narrator helps keep the humor up as well by providing clues or just humorous commentary which helps keep the game entertaining.
The control scheme is simple, those new to the Point and Click genre may take time to adapt. The entire game is played on the mouse. Your mouse cursor allows you to do whatever is needed with only a few clicks. Right click cycles through cursor options, such as, move, look, touch or talk and the left button is the “Do” button. Select walk, then left click with your mouse and the player will walk to wherever you had your cursor pointed to. Hence “point and click” . And with that….off you go!
The games landscapes are beautifully drawn. From winding paths along mountainsides, to streams and bubbling brooks, old cathedrals, spooky graveyards and the colorful town of Volksville itself – there’s a lot of retro eye candy to travel through. The developers have made this a sprawling adventure too, with over 200 screens to discover and search through, making it one of the largest adventure games ever made.
One particularly cool element of Quest for Infamy is the ability to select from 3 different classes in the game – Thief, Sorcerer or Brigand. Each class changes your gameplay experience and makes your quest unique, thus replay value is high. These also complement the fight sequences. Upon your travels you will often come across goblins or monsters to fight. The game then presents you with a fighting screen. Combat is turn-based, where you choose from a variety of attacks or defensive moves to outwit your opponent. Drive their HP down to zero and you win! This RPG element adds a lot to the game, helping keep it varied and certainly not monotonous. New swords and armor can be purchased for your hero as well as potions, oils and beer…yes beer…many, many beers. (you’ll know what i mean when you get there..)
- Solid cast with fantastic voice acting
- Beautiful scenery
- Classic adventure game.
- Could only open in a small window (no fullscreen?)
- Occasional unresponsive click points.
So is quest for Infamy for you? Hmm, that’s a tough one.
Fans of the old Sierra games will lap this up without hesitation. Its a great homage to the age old Point and Click adventure, and it pulls it off flawlessly. A younger crowd however, might struggle with Quest for Infamy’s concept (at first). Its no Diablo 3 or Zelda (which modern gamers might enjoy as they offer a more combat-heavy RPG experience), but put your qualms aside. Spend at least 20 minutes on it, and if you aren’t drawn into its vibrant world, hilarious cast and solid storytelling, then…maybe you should go get a sense of humor (kidding!!).
It might be a hard sell for newcomers, but is a definite must-play for fans of the genre.