A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Slash Quest is an adventure game for Apple Arcade. The story features an unlikely hero and a talking sword. The game makes use of bright colors and innovative sound effects to make the hack and slash quests unique. While you'll take out plenty of enemies and bosses and have to solve some minor puzzles, the game's not overly complicated and focuses more on atmosphere to convey a strong message of friendship. The controls do take some getting used to, though, and could frustrate some players. There's no directly sexual content, but there are some gameplay moments that have innuendo.
What's it about?
SLASH QUEST is an adventure game with some interesting characters. After being separated from the queen, her talking sword (Swordy) recruits a hapless sheep farmer (Shep) to help it find its missing friend/owner. Together, the two battle their way through 12 levels, gathering allies along the way (many with their own side quests). As Shep takes out enemies, Swordy gets longer, which helps with puzzles (and lets you conquer more enemies at once). Should you hit a rock with the sword, though, it shrinks. And after being used in a puzzle, which usually consists of Swordy being inserted into something, it shrinks back to normal size. The control scheme is unique, though, in that players use the right side of the screen to move forward and two turn buttons on the left to move right or left. It makes for a haphazard movement system, but does underline Shep's status as a farmer playing a knight.
Is it any good?
There's no denying this adventure game's cuteness, even if its controls are lacking and frustrating. From the charming soundtrack to the bright colors to the unwieldy way protagonist Shep brandishes Swordy, Slash Quest draws you in. Unfortunately, that appeal doesn't run all the way to its core. The game's controls are unwieldy and make it hard to move precisely. And the game doesn't always clue you in on ways to get through obstacles (i.e. a bomb flower that takes out a collection of rocks blocking your path). That's a one-two punch that distracts players and makes the game several steps less fun than it should be.
When it doesn't work against itself, though, Slash Quest is a fun time waster that highlights friendship and leans into its quirky nature to stand apart from other hack-and-slash adventure games. And it's notable that Swordy is the royal weapon of the queen -- and other players are gender neutral, making it more inviting for a larger audience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about friendship. How far are you willing to go to help a friend? Are you prepared to break out of your comfort zone to help someone who needs it?
What do you enjoy in an adventure game? Is it the action of the game? Is it solving puzzles along the way? A combination of both? Does the story stand out more than the gameplay?
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