DLC Quest PC

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6.4

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  1. Sep 30, 2013
    3
    It's a great satire of the DLC system, but it's way too short, like really, really short...I managed to get to the end in less than an hour. They could use a variety of jokes for it, and they let this good idea be forgotten really quick.
  2. Feb 27, 2013
    4
    Somewhat funny at first, but very boring game mechanics make this not very fun to play, I'm glad it was short. The game has a pretty cool concept though and I would have loved to see it developed so that the gameplay evolved as you unlocked more DLC. I realize this is a satire game, but I can't really recommend it.
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    1
    Small world, jokes aren't that great, no fighting at all.. Just jumping around and collecting coins. Got bore of it after 30 minutes and i will never play it again..
  4. Nov 5, 2013
    0
    This may be one of the worst games ever released. Period. In it's attempts to make the statement that "DLC is bad", it grates on you with obnoxious jokes that will only appeal to people likely to wear meme face T-shirts in public. It is a shoddy faux-retro game with bad graphics (by indie standards no less), and "important things to say" and, I hate to hammer it in again, jokes that makeThis may be one of the worst games ever released. Period. In it's attempts to make the statement that "DLC is bad", it grates on you with obnoxious jokes that will only appeal to people likely to wear meme face T-shirts in public. It is a shoddy faux-retro game with bad graphics (by indie standards no less), and "important things to say" and, I hate to hammer it in again, jokes that make Holocaust documentaries seem funny by comparison. Don't even pirate it. Expand
  5. Sep 22, 2013
    3
    I will never play it again. The gameplay is very limited and you feel like you are playing a flash game. There is nothing new in the concept of the game and the storyline is not funny. Not worth even 0,75$.
  6. May 19, 2013
    4
    Basically paying $3 for a series of jokes. Game is extremely linear and world is very small. It's a very basic platformer, and everything else is just a gimmick.
  7. Aug 18, 2013
    0
    a blend of used up references and bland story-line, this 2 hour game will make you regret spending even $1 on it. Seriously not worth your time or money.
  8. Jul 3, 2014
    0
    DLC Quest is a platformer game which ostensibly makes fun of DLC but in practice is just a boring, poorly constructed platformer game with a very thin story and even thinner humor.

    Story There is a bad guy. You need to go beat him. To beat him, you must buy outrageous DLC to unlock basic functions like moving to the left, jumping, attacking, and any number of other silly things. In
    DLC Quest is a platformer game which ostensibly makes fun of DLC but in practice is just a boring, poorly constructed platformer game with a very thin story and even thinner humor.

    Story

    There is a bad guy. You need to go beat him. To beat him, you must buy outrageous DLC to unlock basic functions like moving to the left, jumping, attacking, and any number of other silly things.
    In the second half of the story, you come to combat the DLC vendor himself, who, by selling you ridiculously overpowered DLC, sows the seeds of his own destruction.
    The game tries to be humorous, but it really falls flat because the jokes are all very obvious, when they are jokes at all. There is a reference to the infamous Horse Armor DLC, but later on in the game the game itself throws in a “comedian” character who is nothing but ridiculous references to other games, who you eventually can murder for his stupid references by buying a DLC which shoots him in the knee with an arrow. And also in the face.
    That was about the best joke in the entire game, other than buying the DLC for moving left. The rest are even worse. And the game is apparently aware that making obvious references to things isn’t very funny, and yet, that is all the game consists of – references to common game tropes (like fetch quests), the standard RPG town being led by the oldest man in it, and jokes about DLC which often fall flat.

    Gameplay

    The gameplay consists entirely of extremely basic platforming. You can move around, eventually you gain the ability to double jump (or walljump, which works in a pretty standard but uninteresting manner due to level design), and you can cut through bushes (and later on, rock) with a sword/pickaxe. Your sole goal is to collect enough in-game coins to buy the DLC, which allows you to progress, meaning the entire game consists of collecting coins, backtracking to buy the “DLC” that lets you progress further in the game, and then going out, collecting more coins in the newly accessible area, which lets you go and buy a new item to unlock the next area.
    The gameplay sucks, being very boring in terms of level design and involving obviously marked walk-through walls as secrets. And worst of all, the DLC doesn’t even feel like DLC, and the process of buying the DLC in game doesn’t feel like buying in-game DLC; the interface doesn’t even resemble the DLC-buying interface in any game I have ever played.
    And that is incredibly weak; the entire premise of the game is that it is making fun of buying stupid DLC, and yet, the game doesn’t behave like you are actually buying DLC, and the process doesn’t resemble buying DLC.
    And if the gameplay sucks and the core premise of your game falls flat because you cannot even copy a common store interface… well, what’s the point of the game?

    Graphics

    The graphics are incredibly phoned in, representing very standard “retro” pixel graphics. They are quite ugly and unappealing, and do nothing to help you enjoy the game. Worst of all, there were DLC making fun of buying graphical upgrades, something I’m not sure any game even allows you to do… but they didn’t even upgrade the graphics, instead being obvious jokes which made the game even uglier.

    Final Summary

    DLC Quest is supposed to parody abusive DLC practices. It fails.
    It is supposed to be funny. It fails.
    It is supposed to be fun. It fails.
    It doesn’t matter how cheap the game is, and it doesn’t matter that the game only takes two hours to complete; it wouldn’t be worth playing even if it were free, and the limited time investment isn’t even worthwhile.
    The idea of the game is much better than the game itself. If you’ve heard the idea, you’ve already gained more enjoyment out of the game than you would by playing it.
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  9. Nov 15, 2013
    0
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  10. Jan 5, 2014
    1
    Waste of money, even for it's price. DLC Quest have two sections: the DLC Quest itself and the "Live Freemium or Die". The first part of DLC Quest can be beat under 15 minutes, it is very short and boring, it is just a MacGuffin for coins, get coins, buy dlc, get more coins, find dlc, buy those. As a satire, it works, but as a game it doesn't.

    Live Freemium or Die is... a thing. It
    Waste of money, even for it's price. DLC Quest have two sections: the DLC Quest itself and the "Live Freemium or Die". The first part of DLC Quest can be beat under 15 minutes, it is very short and boring, it is just a MacGuffin for coins, get coins, buy dlc, get more coins, find dlc, buy those. As a satire, it works, but as a game it doesn't.

    Live Freemium or Die is... a thing. It feels more like a game unlike the first part. But it is still the same deal, get coins, buy dlc, get more coins, find dlc, buy those. It gets boring very quickly. There's nothing to see, nothing to do! You literally just walk around and get coins. No enemies, no battles, nothing! It is just bland. Even worse, there's not even a map! One of the game's quest requires you to buy a cut level and meet with a guy in the caves to get a pickaxe, but the guy on the cave won't give you the pickaxe until you talk with a guy that is on the cut level, the problem is, you don't know where the is that level, because there's no map! You have to guess where is it! The game is very boring as well. It shouldn't be a game where you have to pay for it, it shouldn't even be a game. As a satire, again, it works, but the developers also forgot that they were making a game. There's no game here. Nothing. Avoid it.
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  1. PC Gamer UK
    May 31, 2013
    63
    A pretty impressive package for 2 quid. [June 2013, p.79]
  2. Apr 1, 2013
    75
    At the very least, you'll get your money's worth, which often cannot be said for the many games DLC Quest owes its creation to.