September 14, 2013 8:01 PM | Paul Hack
I like it when a game doesn't take itself too seriously. I play plenty of dark, serious games, but every once in a while you need a palate cleanser. That's what Super Amazing Quest, by Rob Van Sooze (We Invade Again), is like. It knows that you've played Legend of Zelda and scores of other fantasy quest games. It knows you've saved plenty of princesses, quaffed countless potions, and slayed innumerable enemies. The game winks at you while you explore its low-res, 2.5D world, going on quests within quests, killing progressively bigger things, and otherwise being a hero (sort of).
Your adventure begins when your princess senses tingle. Soon enough, you're off on a quest to find a lost vase. Of course, in order to fulfill your ultimate mission, you'll have to engage in other quests along the way to get a hold of special items like sunblock and a magic carpet. And of course there are monsters, ranging from a cowardly rat to big bosses. Your main weapon is your trusty sword, which you use to repeatedly whack enemies in a manner similar to the old Dragon Buster. You'll also get bombs, which will can blow up obstacles, monsters, and yourself if you're not careful.
The combat is somewhat simple, and the jumping perhaps a touch slippery, but overall the game and its attitude are nothing but fun. It autosaves frequently, so even if you fall off a lot of cliffs, the game's very forgiving. It's easy to get into, and explains all of its controls in-game. You can download Super Amazing Quest for Windows as a .zip file or a .rar, but unzip it to ensure you hear all the audio.