Parents' Guide to

Pong Quest

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Pong goes full fantasy in a fun but repetitive adventure.

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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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