Introvert Quest

Game review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Crude adventure has crass attitude toward mental illness.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Goal is to help a young man with agoraphobia, but secondary characters are insensitive, abusive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Flawed main character tries -- imperfectly -- to improve his mental health.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.

Violence

Sometimes hero beat up bad enough to go to hospital, but nothing's shown.

Sex

Hero unwittingly visits a brothel where another character talks about "hos." Some seduction, jokes about STDs.

Language

Frequent use of bastard, "s--t," other unsavory language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent talk of things such as "taking shots," drugs, smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Introvert Quest is a downloadable, mature adventure game. It focuses on an introverted hero with agoraphobia, but rather than examine the disorder with compassion, the game constantly makes light of it. Dialogue is packed with obscenities and includes references to criminal behavior, including prostitution and pimping. It also features dialogue referring to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, and while your character can get into fights that are bad enough to send him to the hospital, the violence isn't shown.

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What's it about?

INTROVERT QUEST examines the life of Bryce Han, a solitary young man with agoraphobia. Bryce's psychologist treats him by giving him things to do, such as getting a job and going to a nightclub, assuming these activities will help him come out of his shell. Instead, Bryce's naïveté gets him into all kinds of trouble. Mostly, the game consists of walking around talking to people, completing quests by finding items, and engaging in occasional duels within a simple Pokémon-like mini-game.

Is it any good?

This game ignores a golden opportunity to address mental health issues and instead makes mean-spirited fun of the people who suffer from them. It starts by conflating personality types with psychological disorders and proceeds to paint the hero (who's introverted and agoraphobic) as an outcast and a freak. It's really impossible to overstate this sloppily made adventure's insensitivity.

Bryce, the young hero, is pathetic, and it's not because of his mental problems. It's more because his life consists of being knocked around by name-calling strangers, a self-absorbed older sister, and a sadistic psychologist who shames his patients instead of treating them. Though the dialogue occasionally offers some amusing, even insightful commentary about society's expectations, it's poorly written. Worse, it's peppered with more gratuitous cursing than a Tarantino film. Yup, everything's here but "f--k," and this sailor-like language is used to explore a series of bad-taste jokes regarding things like prostitution and STDs. If anything saves Introvert Quest from itself, it's the nicely done 2D character paintings, the funny music cues, the clever Pokémon-like duels, and the sweetness of the main character himself. They're not enough, though, especially when the game comes to an abrupt and unsatisfactory end, promising to deliver resolution in a separate download a few weeks from now. This could have been a smart and timely game about dealing with and overcoming mental health challenges. Instead, it's a collection of sloppy, snide one-liners.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about phobias. What's the difference between a fear and a phobia?

  • Discuss how mental disorders are depicted in the media. Are they shown from a perspective of compassion or judgment?

  • Think about technology as it relates to social skills. Do you think technology hurts or helps introverts?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Amaterasu Software
  • Release date: March 15, 2017
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: M for Mild Cartoon Violence, Language, Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Comic Mischief

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