Pong Quest

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Pong goes full fantasy in a fun but repetitive adventure.

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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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Consumerism

The game is based on Atari's original Pong video game, with stages that reference other classic Atari games like Centipede and Adventure.

What 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.

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What's it about?

PONG QUEST puts a brand-new spin the original Atari classic, transforming the virtual ping pong game into a fantasy adventure fit for fans of all ages. Players will embark on an epic quest to save the kingdom of Pong from a mysterious threat, and will explore the world to discover realms based on other classic Atari titles along the way. You'll customize your hero with new outfits, accessories, and over fifty different special balls with unique abilities. You can also challenge your foes in the Pong arena, solve mind-bending puzzles, and gather up loot in your quest to recover the legendary Orbs and unlock the secrets that lie behind the Spooky Door. Also, you can take a break from the adventure and join in some multiplayer madness as up to four players battle it out to determine the Pong champion in custom matches or classic head-to-head Pong.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about revisiting classics. What is the appeal of revisiting games of the past? What are some ways that classic games can (and are) reimagined for newer audiences?

  • How have games changed in the nearly fifty years since the debut of the original Pong? What are some ways that classic games inspire and influence more modern titles?

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