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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game emphasizes friendship -- between the hero and others, including the talking sword.
Positive Role Models
The game takes place in a Queendom, rather than a kingdom. The game also features a missing female huntress, who happens to also be a queen.
Ease of Play
The gameplay is fairly basic, but the controls aren't the greatest -- and some game mechanics aren't explained to the player.
Violence & Scariness
You'll take out all sorts of enemies with your sword, and Shep, the hero, can die, but there's not blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's no overt sexuality, but there's some innuendo. The hero runs around with a sword in front of them, which gets bigger as they take out enemies and has to be inserted into some devices to solve puzzles. After this, the sword returns to its normal size. Some of the emoji usage from Shep in discussing their sheep could be misconstrued as well.
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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.
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.
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