Sep 19, 2013Awesome retro experience and truly a nostalgic tribute to all the good games i played when i was a kid. Definitely worthy game for anyone who is looking to take a hike back to pixelerated graphics and cool old-school tunes.
Content seems to be suitable for both adults and younger audiences. It presents jokes and punch lines in a same subtle way as most of the Pixar films (kind of jokes that grown ups get in a different way).… Expand
Sep 19, 2013Spud's Quest is a loving tribute to the tropes of yesteryear.
It start's off with a Zelda-esque introduction, Spud waking up, then quickly moves into Dizzy territory of inventory based puzzle solving in a fantasy setting. Spud's quest mixes Dizzy's pure puzzle adventuring with some light action elements and it takes the player back to the innocent gameplay of yesteryear.If you've ever played a mainline Dizzy game, or arcade adventure games from the 1980s then you'll feel right at home with Spud's Quest.
Puzzles at the beginning are not particularly difficult, but the difficulty ramps up gradually. The graphics are 16-bit pixel art-esque, and of a very high standard. In addition to the excellent pixel art, there are weather effects and a day/night cycle ensures that a single location can have multiple moods. According the author, there are 350 screens in Spud's quest which is a lot more than a traditional game of this type. The screens do not scroll but rather flip to the next screen (walking to the right makes our heroes appear on the left of the adjacent screen). There are 4 "temples" which is a Zelda trope not found in the traditional Dizzy games and something quite novel in the sub-genre.
In addition to the inventory based puzzling, there are multiple protagonists, and they can be switched between at will, and this is utilized by some of the puzzles in the game. The first protagonist is Spud himself, who is a potato-like creature. The second protagonist is a frog who can talk. Most adventuring is done via control of Spud,
The story of the game is well written, full of quips, and is at least as good as its peers. The game is tongue in cheek and doesn't take itself seriously so you shouldn't go in expecting Shakespeare. A game about a potato and a frog should be the first clue. That said, compared to the TV adaptation of Under The Dome it might appear like Shakespeare though :)
If you prefer your games must be fast paced, action packed, and with high-def graphics, then this game is perhaps not for you. For players that enjoy immersing themselves in a fantastical world and solving puzzles, with silly dialogue, pleasant graphics and nice chiptunes, this game is sure to bring a smile to your face.… Expand