DLC Quest is exactly what it says on the tin. You have to find coins and unlock and purchase new DLC to continue on in the game. At the beginning you even need to purchase DLC so that you can move left or so that your sprite is animated when he moves. You have to find more coins and keep going back to the vendor to buy this DLC. The game is basically taking the mickey out of the video game industry and how much DLC the developers throw at you, i.e. there are references to Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion as you can purchase horse armour and it’s the most expensive purchase in the game.
There is a basic storyline. Bad guy has kidnapped your Princess and of course you have to put your big boy pants on and go rescue her. Don’t let the simplicity of this storyline fool you it is not a basic game. DLC Quest is all about the satire of the videogame industry and the delivery of this is what truly makes the game. You can speak to every one you see on your travels and if they are not important to that part of the game they will tell you. It is one giant mockery of video games and it’s hilarious.
The presentation of the game makes it all the more charming, it has a very retro feel to it and even the music adds to this. You get ‘awardments’ throughout the game for doing certain things like collecting all the coins or killing all the NPC’s and sheep, this adds a little extra to the game if you are a perfectionist. You do find yourself compelled to collect all the coins just to see what all the DLC does including sexy NPC costumes and a zombie pack. They are pointless but then so is some of the DLC you can actually buy for other games too.
My only gripe with this game is that I wished it was longer. I really enjoyed it but it only took an hour to complete and for the most part that was me trying to jump on platforms using the keyboard which I suck at and ultimately realised you could play it with an Xbox controller and finished it very quickly; it left me with the feeling of ’oh, is that it?!’ Dammit. Luckily there is a sequel included in the pack, yay!
The gameplay is very simple you can run, jump, double jump (after purchasing the DLC), and attack. The game runs very smoothly and is a joy to play. It is very easy to get the hang of and is very accessible for all players young and old.
Luckily you lose no physical money for purchasing anything in this game but the idea behind it with the ever growing list of DLC market is a very scary one and just gives you an idea of what it would be like if the fat cats in the office decided to put a charge on the simplest of things. Let’s hope it never gets that far!
DLC Quest is a charming if not rather short game. It’s well worth a play just for a giggle.