Today we shall be looking over the review for Beast Quest, based on the award winning books written by various ghost writers who go under the pseudonym ‘Adam Blade’. Beast Quest sees players step into the boots of young Tom, who has been tasked to save the kingdom from the evil wizard and free the six primary beasts from the wizard’s curse.
Beast Quest is a game that has been made for the younger gamer. Its storyline mirrors the book series and players who have read the books will fully understand the world of Avantia and the characters, motivations and overall intentions.
The story of Beast Quest is that the evil wizard Malvel has placed a curse on the six patriarchal beasts of Avantia. Players take on the role of Tom, an ordinary boy who is chosen by the Wizard Aduro, and with help from his friend Elenna; is sent on a quest to free the beasts from Malvel’s curse and free the land from evil.
Right let’s get into the nitty gritty, Beast Quest for me was frustrating to say the least. From its clunky tutorial through to its cumbersome combat system, I didn’t find a lot to actually keep me invested into the world and particularly Tom’s quest. This again is not to say that the game is un-appealing but as a thirty something male I’m not the games target audience.
The world of Beast quest seemed pretty big. Players get to explore locations that are found in the books and I can imagine that the younger gamer who has read the books will invest in seeing these locations brought to life. Sadly locations are very linear and although towns are pretty big there is no interaction of any kind, apart from accepting quests or unlocking treasure. Take Witcher 3 for example. The town of Novigrad is a living, breathing town where the NPC characters go about their daily lives around Geralt. Sadly in Beast Quests the town NPC’s seem to be rooted to the same spot and only act as vendors to give Tom quests.
The local map does what a basic map is intended for. It highlights treasure chests and treasure keys as well as local quest givers. One frustration that I had is that there is no quest indicator. For instance, one of the early quests had me tasked to find five roses but it did not mention where these roses would be. For the next ten minutes I scoured the town just to give up and then to stumble across them later on. A simple quest indicator or a way to enlarge the local map would have solved this issue but sadly that is not the case.
Let’s move on to combat. Combat is pretty straight forward. Tom has your basic set of attacks, light, heavy, block and dodge, which are all needed in every fight. The combat system is a hybrid set up of real time and turns based. Whilst in combat players can attack at will. However you are rooted to the spot and Tom is only able to move left and right. This rule also applies to the enemy and some fights boiled down to chasing the enemy about the ‘arena’ to get close enough to hit.
Tom also earns a form of experience from fighting and completing quests and these are used to upgrade his health and attack power. It’s a pretty simple set up for younger players and they are not dropped into an in-depth upgrade system such as Dragon Age Inquisition or Final Fantasy XV for example.
Beast Quest at times can suffer from clunky controls. Jumping and blocking are the two big issues. I noticed this especially when having to move and jump as well as when fighting more than one Beast. To climb obstacles Tom literally has to be face on and the player has to come to a complete stop before he would climb the object.
Jumping is also effected by input lag. When Tom jumps it’s normally half a second after you press the A button and during one plat forming level this was brought to the surface.
The graphics are pretty simple and there is nothing ground breaking or new about them. The beasts all have a distinctive looks and different attacks. One dragon would fire fireballs whilst a Raven would attack and then retreat. Voice acting is pretty good and the games overall soundtrack fits into its fantasy setting.
In rounding up: Beast Quest is a game that is targeted towards the younger gamer. With its wide range of quests and Beasts to combat there is a lot to keep young ones busy. However with clunky controls and a frustrating combat system, there is not a lot that would appeal to the older generation and in fairness there is a much wider selection of games available. For fans of the books this is Aventia as described and will no doubt be wonderful to see if it’s as your imagination has drummed up.
You can buy a copy of Beast Quest on the Microsoft store here for £29.99
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- Faithful to the book series
- Simple controls
- Appeals to younger gamers
- Often frustrating AI
- Poor map navigation
- Social spaces lack life