The sanctity of marriage is a special thing. Therefore, if someone or something comes between you and your spouse, there is bound to be trouble. Most of us would be annoyed if our significant other was taken away from us, however, I’m not sure we’d all turn to violence. Wife Quest, on the other hand, has fighting and rage at the core of everything it does.
Developed by Pippin Games and Eastasiasoft Limited and published by the latter, this is a retro platform experience. It utilises some Metroidvania mechanics as well as a side-scrolling perspective. Furthermore, it has shrill synth audio and colourful pixelated graphics. Sadly, though, it offers no groundbreaking ideas and as such, it’s familiar from beginning to end.
Wife Quest is a saucy affair.
If you like your games with a hint of sexism and a heavy dose of misogyny, then look no further. Strangely, the developers have insisted on a bizarre and over-sexualised plot. Now, normally this would turn me off, as I find the OTT nature of the gameplay to be tedious. Luckily, however, most of the ideas are tongue in cheek and are subsequently very humorous. If you think of Jim Bowen from Bullseye, but make his jokes funny, then you just about hit the mark.
The action takes place in a quaint but magical kingdom. Here, a farmer (Fernando) and his retired warrior wife (Mia) live a quiet and relaxing life. However, things soon take a turn for the worse because of the horny and seductive monster girls! These big breasted and skinny monstrosities are determined to capture Fernando to make him their love slave. Surprisingly, he hates this idea and begs his enraged wife to save him. This is where the adventure begins, as Mia will stop at nothing to save her beloved.
Plenty of levels and drip-fed mechanics.
Unlike some of its peers, Wife Quest has a large array of levels to explore. Helped in part by its Metroidvania twist, this is a title that keeps on giving. You start on a basic linear path where you encounter an array of monsters, traps, and treasure. As the game evolves, you must traverse different pathways to unlock gates and activate platforms. Consequently, the action is somewhat convoluted, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.
Where the gameplay excels is its straightforward concept. Furthermore, its drip-fed mechanics offer up a gentle learning curve. Therefore, this is an excellent title for newcomers to the genre. However, the saucy theme may not be suitable for younger players. This aside, you’ll love how new elements are added as you defeat each boss. You’ll gain the ability to fly, defend yourself, smash walls and floors, and so forth. Not only did these new abilities alter your gameplay style, but they also allowed you to find hidden locations within each dungeon.
What I found to be less impressive, however, was the ill-explained fundamentals. Mia’s special abilities are powered with Mana crystals. Subsequently, every time you fly, use your shield or smash blocks, you use some Mana. Now, this may seem obvious, but without an explanation, it took me around 2 hours to realise what was happening. In such a simple game, this was an oversight that could have easily been avoided with a basic tutorial.
Wife Quest: a retro adventure.
I enjoy a good retro-inspired title, and luckily, Wife Quest is well designed. Its interesting levels, blend of colours, and dated sprites give it a distinct old-school look. Furthermore, each of the dungeons you visit has a unique theme that keeps things fresh. However, the varied looks merely mask the repetitive nature of the gameplay. Many of the stages use identical mechanics and this stifles the progress a little. Fortunately, though, this doesn’t undermine the end product. To add to the humorous nature of the story, Mia punishes every monster she tackles. Therefore, you’ll witness a funny animation as you capture each of the creatures. Whether you beat them with a club, rip off their wings, or strangle them, you’ll make every one of them pay.
The cute but oddly sexy nature of the gameplay is enhanced by the fun and lively audio. Thanks to its upbeat music and chirpy sound effects, every moment is filled with sound. The aforementioned animations are awash with noises and this will make you chuckle. I loved the little details that were incorporated into the simplest of ideas. Subsequently, you’ll notice new things each time you play.
Platform titles require precision and accuracy. Luckily, Wife Quest’s controls are well designed and responsive. It is easy to attack or defend yourself in any situation. Furthermore, the clear UI is neither clunky nor is it overpowering. These elements make it easy to play. However, I wish the developers had made the use of Mana much clearer.
Wife Quest oozes replay value because of its secret locations. Fans of the genre will love revisiting dungeons to find collectables that were otherwise out of reach. Moreover, each stage has a set number of foes to defeat and treasure to find. On top of this, there are unique challenges that must be completed in every area. All of these things combined add to the longevity while making this great value for money.
Wife Quest is a misogynistic success.
Rarely would I place the words misogyny and success together. However, Wife Quest has delivered a wonderful and whimsical title that does just that. Its amusing plot, interesting monsters, and large dungeons will make you laugh and keep you playing. It’s wonderfully dated, challenging and interesting. Subsequently, I enjoyed it and I recommend you to buy it here! Can you defeat the monsters in every dungeon? You must otherwise Fernando is destined to become a sex slave forever!