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Elliot Quest

 

 

SCORE: 68

Elliot Quest 

 

Steam and OUYA users have been enjoying Elliot Quest for some time now. It is now the turn of Wii U owners to be able to play this downloadable only video game. Elliot Quest makes sense on a Nintendo video game machine since it pays its respects to Zelda 2 on the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Elliot Quest does not hide the connections either.

Families need to know that there are some heavy topics in Elliot Quest. Elliot's wife vanishes, and then he gets sick. He tries to kill himself (aka commit suicide). He feels he is too cowardly to try to cross that line he can never come back from. He finds out he can not die, and has been cursed by a demon. Elliot seeks the help of a Guardian of the island. The religious system in Elliot Quest is a bit on the strange side. Especially in a Judeo-Christian country.

Players use a bow as their main weapon of choice. Like Zelda 2, there is a map screen, and 2D side scrolling levels. Players work their way through levels to get to other parts of the map. You may see them on the screen, but can not get through them until you work your way through the forest level, or the desert levels for example. Players need a certain item to get past specific obstacles. Like the tornado to get through green blocks, or bombs to get through boulders.

Elliot Quest can be confusing for non-experienced role playing gamers. It is not always clear where to go next. Or that you need to buy a lamp item to progress through the caves efficiently. Bosses are on the easy side in Elliot Quest. Enemies respawn when you leave a screen and come back, which gets annoying quickly. Plus there are not enough heart drops in this reviewers opinion.

Dying in Elliot Quest will send you back to the last place you saved. On top of that you will lose some experience. Which means grinding can become an important part of playing Elliot Quest. Each time you level up you can upgrade one skill at a time. It will become noticeable how much farther you can shoot, or how much faster. Things like double hearts, and critical hits are also way more noticeable after being upgraded.

The story in Elliot Quest can be vague and confusing. Statements will appear on the screen when you reach certain screens. It starts out at a high frequency, and then subsides as the game moves on. Moving items like shells can be tediously slow. Running out of bombs deep in a dungeon or area can also be very frustrating - since it takes forever to back track.

Elliot Quest does a good job of paying its respects to Zelda 2. There are sixteen bosses, five main dungeons, and plenty of characters and items to interact with. If you are willing to look all around to find the right new area to go to then you will find some retro depth to this downloadable only home console video game on the Wii U. I wish the story had less adult themes personally.
- RPG Master

 

Graphics: 55%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 75%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Wii U
Publisher: PlayEveryWare Games
Developer: Ansimuz Games
Rating: 'E10+' - Everyone TEN and OLDER ONLY {Fantasy Violence}
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