November 5, 2011 16 Comments
DLC Quest comes to us from Going Loud Studios, developer of former IndieGamerChick leaderboard member Lair of the Evildoer. And boy am I pissed at them right now. You see, they made this incredibly witty, at times laugh-out-loud funny game that I can’t review in-depth because I don’t want to spoil anything. So this review is really going to be truncated.
What I can tell you is that DLC Quest is a 2D platformer where the gimmick is everything in the game needs to be acquired via DLC. And I mean EVERYTHING, from the pause menu to animation and you know what fuck it, I’ve already said too much. Now obviously you’re not paying for the DLC via Microsoft Points. The currency comes in the form of coins that you gather, Mario style. As a game, DLC Quest is very basic in design, but the humor of being nickle-and-dimed for everything is something any gamer in this day and age can relate to. The actual game physics are well done, and there’s nothing in it that can cause you to die, so you can play it at your leisure. The whole experience will take about 45 minutes to complete, give or take, and once you’ve finished the game you’ll likely never play it again. And that’s fine. It’s going to be a solid, entertaining hour that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome
If my word as a gaming critic means anything to you, go grab DLC Quest for 80MSP. Don’t demo it, don’t continue Googling it, STOP! Just get it. I’m not even putting the trailer up here for it. I don’t want to spoil anything for you. This is the best example of gaming as a forum for humor I’ve seen on Xbox Live Indie Games thus far. More often than not, games on the marketplace try to pass off gutter gags or references to other games as comedy. DLC Quest is referential in a more broad sense, not having to quote anything directly because it’s developer trusts that you’re in on the joke already. The gameplay isn’t going to blow your mind, but the humor is genuine and worth the price. I know this wasn’t your typical Indie Gamer Chick review, but I wanted to keep it real for this one. It’s not going to be the type of game that contends for the leaderboard. It’s an experience, and it’s one you should take in.
80 Microsoft Points charged you an additional 80 Microsoft Points to snark up this review in proper Indie Gamer Chick fashion in the making of this review.
Geoff, whom I hear cries when he sees the ending to Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion, also reviewed this for Two Fedoras. I think the article is a bit spoilerish (at least in the pictures) so be warned.
Dcon, whom I hear sniffs armpits, also reviewed this as well.