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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Patch Quest is a downloadable roguelike action-adventure game for Windows PCs. You're an explorer who has entered a world with land split into countless pieces, and it's up to you to piece them all back together, while fighting against a mysterious evil force who continues to plague the world. You may be equipped with a single weapon, but you have the surprising talent to lasso and mount dozens of monsters with all sorts of powers to unlock by riding them. Monsters, plants, and items are scattered throughout the world that assist you in leveling up, gaining new abilities, and exploring far and wide with each new attempt. Patch Quest has a basic narrative premise since its focus is on providing fun gameplay, but there's a positive framing of combat, which is purposed to heal nature and help wildlife. You constantly fight and shoot at monsters, but your weapon incapacitates creatures with gel globs; there's no death, wounds, or blood of any sort.
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What’s It About?
In PATCH QUEST, for as long as can be remembered, nature was a unified whole before the Calamity: an event that cut up the land into innumerable parts. With plant and animal life thrown into disarray, an intrepid adventurer from the Explorer's Guild aims to piece together this ever-shuffling, chaotic terrain. With an array of biomes, creatures, and powers to encounter, you must scout out and map the world to uncover the source behind whoever or whatever keeps everything apart.
Is It Any Good?
This action adventure game has a basic yet colorful, cute art style, but don't let that deceive you regarding its depth. Inspired by the "roguelike" genre, Patch Quest drops you in an unfamiliar setting where your only guide is the compass of your curiosity. The map reveals itself in part as you venture in every direction. Along the way, you'll encounter ruins of an ancient civilization with dungeons that contain tough bosses, altars that grant you special traits, and more. Between these landmarks, a ton of monsters roam the land, which you neutralize with a "nutriblaster" loaded with "goop" ammo that can be mixed with fruit to modify your fire rate, shot size, and damage output. That's only half the fun, as monsters can be tamed and mounted with a lasso. Each have a few powers to unlock, granting you new ways to attack, defend, and dodge enemies. With dozens to experiment with, Patch Quest rarely leaves you at a loss with fresh mechanics and challenges around every corner.
The experience could've been boosted with stronger artistic direction, as well as more characters to meet (and perhaps team up with) in the wild. Regardless, what it lacks in story is covered by worthwhile content, even with collectibles having concrete purposes. You can keep monsters as pets, but they don't merely stay at your base of operations; you can summon them in a pinch as an emergency mount or support buddy. There's plentiful fauna, too, with the presence of particular kinds at your base raising pets' stats. Fauna can also be planted elsewhere to repair chunks of land, which isn't another task to check off the list, but one that enhances your character to improve your chances of survival with future missions. With a casual mode for newcomers, a co-op mode for parents to join in, and a palpable sense of progression with each new run retreading and trailblazing the world, Patch Quest is a kid-friendly roguelike with design that balances difficulty and convenience in all the right places.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about caring for the environment. What are some ways you can be responsible with disposing trash and recyclables? If you have a yard or plants in your home, how can you help to keep things healthy and green?
Sometimes animals can look scary or mean, but may just be peaceful or protective of their territory or family, so how can you be friendly and/or respectfully cautious of wildlife? Have you asked your parents how to interact with particular species common to your environment?
- Platform: Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid ($14.99)
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Curve Games
- Release date: March 2, 2023
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
- Last updated: March 13, 2023
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