A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players set out to save the kingdom from an impending threat, cheerfully facing whatever threats and obstacles that might stand in their way. They also help others with their unique problems throughout the game. Multiplayer also helps teach younger players teamwork and friendly competition.
Positive Role Models
As odd as the setup might be, the game does a surprisingly good job of introducing a bright and colorful world filled with cheerful and quirky characters that are generally friendly and happy.
Ease of Play
Pong has always been about as basic a game as can be, and Pong Quest doesn't try to change that too much. The game does add a few extra tweaks to the classic formula, such as interchangeable balls with different abilities. At its core though, it's still just a matter of knocking a bouncing ball into or past an opponent.
Violence & Scariness
There's a fair bit of combat, but that combat is resolved by short games of Pong. There's no blood, no gore, and nothing worse than getting dinged by a small bouncing square.
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on Atari's original Pong video game, with stages that reference other classic Atari games like Centipede and Adventure.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pong Quest is a role-playing adventure game available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. The game takes inspiration from the classic Atari game and re-imagines it as a fantasy adventure. Players control a paddle sent on a quest to save the kingdom from a looming threat. While there's combat, the fighting's resolved through a game of Pong, with no sort of blood or intense violence. Outside of the main single-player quest, the game also includes co-op and competitive game modes that can bring family and friends together in games of classic Pong and other fun variants.
Is It Any Good?
Pong has long been considered the grandfather of all video games, and since its debut back in 1972, the game has been copied, remade, and re-imagined in nearly every conceivable fashion. And just when you thought you'd seen it all, along comes Pong Quest, which somehow reinvents the classic virtual ping pong game into a fantasy role-playing game. And yet, as crazy as the idea sounds, the crazier thing is that it actually manages to work. This definitely isn't Pong the way you remember it, but Pong Quest is still a lot of fun to play for all ages.
Pong Quest is, at its core, a basic dungeon crawler with light role-playing elements. The game incorporates the original Pong mechanics into its combat system. Instead of just bouncing a ball back and forth though, players can switch out the ball on the fly, giving it new abilities like a speed boost, a curved trajectory, or more. Figuring out the best time to switch things up can give players an edge, while watching for their opponents to switch helps keep players on their toes. Thankfully, these battles usually only last a couple of minutes at most, as it can get a bit repetitive after a while. Multiplayer matches also keep things fresh, especially couch co-op games, as they bring family and friends into the mix for some light-hearted competition.
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