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A child longs to be airborne, hurled through the air by a dad of strong moral fiber and powerful of arm. They wish to be weaponized in the battle against evil. Given toys periodically. That means you, our stand in dad, must work to hurl your child at all things evil and inconvenient in Dad Quest, a goofy sidescroller where you parent with your throwing arm.

Kids are just kind of destructive forces on their own, but in Dad Quest, you can harness that energy to beat up enemies and smash obstacles. Plus, if you break enough things with your thrown child, they'll level up, growing up before your very eyes. They can change their look, gain some new behavioral powers, or learn a new ability as they gain levels. Your parenting is unorthodox, but it's teaching the little kids something valuable.

You can always reward the little tyke with a toy or trinket when they're behaving (or you happen to stumble across one buried in the game's world), adding even more abilities. You can also feel free to treat yourself with an heirloom to admire, which do odd stuff to the things they're used on. Then again, you could just admire them on your mantle, stroking your chin as you reminisce about things.

Being a dad in a sidescrolling action game isn't easy, but by gum, it's rewarding.

Dad Quest is available for $7.99 on Steam Early Access. For more information on the game and developer Sundae Month, you can head to the game's site, the developer's site, or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.