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The screenshot above accommodates the whole thing of the sport Pear Quest. It’s each the entire island the place the sport takes place and your solely view of the sport itself. Irrespective of the place you’re on the island, you possibly can see each different a part of it. This makes the entire place really feel extra alive and conscious of what you do, and it creates some attention-grabbing options to the customarily irritating nature of journey sport puzzles.

Pear Quest mashes collectively the puzzles of traditional journey video games like Monkey Island and Myst with the motion of a two-dimensional Legend of Zelda. You management a humanoid rabbit who falls from the sky onto the island. Except for transferring round, you may also choose issues up, soar, and speak to the opposite folks / animals who usually both inform you what they want or what you could remedy a puzzle.


Pear Quest is like taking part in an journey sport in a The place’s Waldo? illustration 1

You’ll shortly study that you could get to the enormous pear, which you’ll be able to clearly see is locked behind a gate. The gate has a heart-shaped lock with a key that’s break up into two items which you could additionally see on the map. It is a clear visible instance of the brilliance of how the sport is about up. You may instantly see the tip purpose and the final step in the way you get there together with a complete world stuffed with tantalizing unknowns. It raises loads of questions, like why is there an enormous snail close to a racetrack? Why is that penguin shivering? What’s the cope with that Totoro-looking factor within the forest?

This produces a pure curiosity, inviting you to discover this area even earlier than you’re introduced with puzzles. When you begin encountering puzzles, that exploration helps you piece issues collectively. A lot of the puzzles within the sport are type of merchandise chains wherein it’s a must to accumulate one thing for one character, who, in flip, needs one thing from another person, and so forth, with a view to progress and get the factor. An early instance is when you could cross a damaged bridge. You will get it fastened, however the carpenter misplaced their hammer. By simply wanting on the sport world or by speaking to the opposite animals, you’ll study a hen most likely took it. Going to the hen, they’ll give it up in trade for locating their lacking egg. With a bit little bit of lateral pondering, you’ll notice the snake most likely has it, however then you could determine methods to get the snake to offer it up.

It’s not as tedious because it sounds. Having the ability to see the whole sport world solves among the backtracking issues that journey video games can have. Since you possibly can at all times see all the pieces, you don’t should go there with the rabbit to test it out once more. In the event you get caught, you possibly can simply go searching and spot one thing you haven’t observed.

The simplicity of Pear Quest’s look and gameplay, together with the density of its world, makes the sport really feel in some way shorter than it truly is. The simplicity of its aesthetic provides to the thriller of this place, making it engrossing and immersive despite the fact that you’re basically simply taking a look at a map. What makes it work is that it’s not only a map that exhibits you the place to go, however it additionally makes you need to discover.

Pear Quest was created by Sokpop. You will get it on Itch.io for $3 (Home windows and macOS). It takes about an hour or two to complete.

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