In the Fall of 1991, Sam Stoddard wrote an adventure game for consoles using BASIC programming. Seven years later, the game was released to the general public, now with graphics and playable with a mouse.

The game bills itself as a "twist on the old 'save the princess' plot" - you begin the game with "save the princess" as your sole, vague objective, but your actual goal turns out a little different.

In September of 2002, ''Fantasy Quest 2'' came out. The sequel, taking place 20 years after the original, allegedly lets you save ''dozens'' of princesses, and is at least half parody.

The game's playable [[ online]] alongside a companion [[ parody newspaper]].

!!The Fantasy Quest series provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody: The sequel exists largely to parody the original, and InteractiveFiction tropes in general.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Parodied with the Golden Cufflink of Fire.
* AscendedMeme: The second game is pretty much this in its entirety; it was born from a discussion on the ''[=RinkWorks=]'' chat boards where somebody meant to refer to ''Enchanted Forest 2'' (another game hosted on the site) and accidentally typed ''Fantasy Quest 2'', prompting everyone to start talking about scenarios from the then-fictitious game (several of which made it into the real game).
* BalefulPolymorph: Than dog you kept throwing a stick at? Turns out it's a guy under a curse, and he calls you an asshole for not helping him sooner.
* BrokenBridge: Most puzzles take this form, including one that's a literal broken bridge. (In the sequel, a modern suspension bridge has replaced it.)
* ButtMonkey: The poor Indian Runs-With-Scissors. It starts with a single injury that you heal. A later one needs a unicorn's help. It turns out that he suffers 34 injuries a year simply by sitting in the open and now faces false insurance fraud charges.
* CoolCrown: Despite the crown's magic properties, the game just says, "All right. You got the 'Crown of Destiny' or something. Happy?"
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Hes Ahkia.
* {{Curse}}, CurseEscapeClause: In the first game, you meet a dog. It's not till the second, set 20 years later, that you learn he's a cursed man, and if you only fed him right off, you would have broken the curse.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first game is this for ''Adventure Games Live'' as a whole, as it was written several years before any of the other games; it features a much more basic storyline, simpler writing and less of an objective.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: The shark's presence and attack is as random as can be.
* FluffyTheTerrible: The angry dwarf's name is Mr. Snorri "Fruitloop" Throfssonsson
* FortuneTeller: The Soothsayer, who demands gold for any assistance. She's back in the second game, this time demanding even more gold and gleefully lampshading her general uselessness.
* HeroicFantasy
* KillerRabbit: The gigantic bunny rabbit, who's even more powerful than the gigantic black cat. You later have to fight the carnivorous giraffe!
* KleptomaniacHero: The other people in the land interpret your actions as a wide-scale theft spree.
* ALoadOfBull: When you enter the volcano, you come face to horns with a monster and cant leave till you've taken him down.
* MagicalLand: It's the "magical land of Fantasy"! No word on just how you got there or exactly where you go afterward.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Apparently, the sweet girl you let out of prison is an insane killer who will return to evil.
* NonStandardGameOver: Destroying the fishing boat in the first game before you've done everything you need with it doesn't kill you, but ends the game anyway as it's now impossible to win.
** Attempting to kill the gnome for no real reason gives you a WhatTheHellHero and promptly ends the game out of fear for what you'd do to the princess.
** Dying on the rapids chase in the sequel rewinds time to the beginning of the sequence. [[spoiler:The rapids chase is in fact an UnwinnableByDesign RedHerring which requires you to think outside the box, and rewinding time is necessary as a standard game over usually only allows you to undo the fatal move.]]
* NoodleIncident: Millie the Silly's "Baconslicer Incident."
* RiddlingSphinx: A Sphinx asks you a riddle. Unless you're playing the original, console game, you get to choose your answer from a list, so this is one of the game's easiest portions.
* SadClown: The poor guy has no nose!
* SaveThePrincess: The synopsis itself promises a subversion.
* SchmuckBait: Some of the suicidal options.
* SelfDeprecation: The second game, written well over a decade after the original and with the benefit of hindsight, mocks a number of the unlikely or unexplained aspects of the original.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: "It has fallen upon you to find this evil overlord, absquatulate with the Golden Cufflink of Fire..."
* ShopKeeper: The sweet old owner of the general store. He can't possibly be hiding anything, can he?
* TextParser: The area with the ogre and the bridge, and the Sphinx, in the original game originally used this. However, Adventure Games Live only uses a menu-based system, so the two areas had to be altered for it (the Sphinx's riddle had to be removed entirely, and if you fool around with it enough eventually the game will tell you this).
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Probably shouldn't leave those passwords on notes nailed to trees.
* TooDumbToLive: You, if you choose. "Bang your head on the rocks"? Yeah, sure.
* {{Unicorn}}: It heals. And it loves carrots.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Husband]]: Says the vampire's wife, twenty years after you kill him.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Quite literally.