Video Game: Quest Fantasy
Describe Quest Fantasy here.
Um... that's easier said than done.
Alright, first of all, it's best you know absolutely nothing about Quest Fantasy before playing, so if you really want a pure experience, download the first game in the series and play.
Seriously, go do that now, it's not very long, and it's not very big, and it works fine on it's own without having to play the rest of the series.
Okay. Quest Fantasy is a series of RPG Maker
VX Ace games of intentionally low quality
. Default graphics and sound, terrible grammar, overly cliched plotlines... HERO receives a mission from the king to kill an Ogre and he goes and does that. After that, things get weird. REALLY weird.
Put simply, an eldritch being named S O U L invades the universe and begins corrupting it, which involves among other things attempting to turn off the So Bad, It's Good. The rest of the series follows various protagonists' adventures in various periods of time that all seem to end in their deaths, as the plot spirals into complexity while still maintaining a fluctuating level of Stylistic Suck.
The series is complete, and not only involves games made by the creator, Arale, but also fangames that were deemed canon.
List of games in the series
Not every game has to be played for full understanding, but they all add little bits and pieces to the world building. A 'lite edition' would involve just the original, Love Plus Shoujo Edition, and Era Ovation Acceptance, though there will be a few things you won't understand.
Yes, that does sound like a ridiculously complex timeline. Don't sweat it, just enjoy.
This series provides examples of:
- Aesop Amnesia: Invoked. Cain learns nothing from his adventure and is just as much of a Jerkass at the end of the game as he was at the beginning.
- All Just a Dream: All the Surprise Creepy in Fate Demon turns out to be this, though apparently it's because something tried to warn Guy against killing things just because he was told to (which doesn't work.)
- Ambiguous Gender: Shittyghost. Sometimes he is referred to as male, but in the dating sim she is apparently a female. Although, according to Word of God, s/he is the ghost of a male character (the Terracotta Ogre).
- Anachronic Order: Jumps all over the place in the timeline. Only two of the various games that aren't the original actually take place afterwards.
- Arc Number: 7874. It's the amount of health S O U L heals, part of the username of the fictional author, and the number of Divine Oracles of Truth.
- Author Avatar: A large number.
- Firstly, Author Insert in Final Dragon, of the creator of said fangame.
- Secondly, 7874doom, the fictional creator of the original game/series. A throwaway line at the end of EOA confirms people worship him as their god.
- Finally, Arale in EOA, as the ACTUAL creator of the series. However, subverted in that it is actually Shachihata impersonating Arale.
- Bait-and-Switch Boss: GreenPark Woods sets you up to believe you are going to fight the Slender Man. Then you fight an Uncanny Valley Flareon cosplay.
- Big Bad: S O U L.
- The very end of EOA introduces a new Big Bad in the form of Shachihata. The Dimensional Stability Officer tells Morshu that, should be have to choose between helping S O U L or Shachihata in their battle, he should choose the former. Assuming Morshu follows his advice, Shachihata would be the Big Bad of his post-game adventures.
- Big Damn Heroes: Averted with the Dimensional Stability Officer. He shows up just in time to help, but admits that there's nothing he really can do besides give Morshu instructions in how to live in the world after the game.
- Blatant Lies: From Quest Fantasy Love Plus Shoujo Edition, "IN TA LAS GAME, OGRE WAS DIE AND IT WAS HAPPY END."
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Guy's best friend (a piece of cheese with a curly mustache) can't go with him on his adventure in Fate Demon because "he doesn't have walking sprites the author can't afford fancy programs and his mom wont let him download gimp". This is only one of several examples, as Author Avatar, The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You, and the such run rampant. Highlights include playing as the player's energy turned into RPG Maker data, having multiple characters directly address you, and by the end of EOA, No Fourth Wall whatsoever.
- But Thou Must: Pretty much a Running Gag. Sometimes played for humor, other times for horror, but you can practically never say no to a question.
- Call Back: Morshu doesn't know how to play the TROMBONE.
- Call Forward: Cain gives one to Final Dragon when climbing the rope in the dungeon.
Cain: BOY I SURE HOPE NOTHING SPOOKY HAPPENS DURING MY DESCENT
- Cerebus Syndrome: Not only does the first game's plot become much darker and more serious, the plot of the rest of the series after the first game is substantially more convoluted and defined.
- Chekhov's Gun: Literally with the Etherblast Gun/Gigantes Axe item duality, spanning the entire series. In the very first game, an Etherblast Gun taken out of a chest turns into a Gigantes Axe. This is never mentioned again until the very end of the final game, where Marina gives you the Gigantes Axe just in case it comes in handy, and it turns back into the Etherblast Gun just in time for Morshu to shoot Old Guy The King.
- The Chessmaster: S O U L and Old Guy The King together masterminded a ridiculously complex plan to bring S O U L into the world.
- The Chosen One: GIRL, at least according to the Divine Oracles of Truth.
- Creepypasta: Mentioned by S O U L. He asks you if you think the game is scary, or if it's a silly creepypasta game.
- Dating Sim: LPSE.
- Darker and Edgier: The game turns like this after defeating the Ogre.
- The Dragon: Old Guy The King.
- Driven to Suicide: HERO.
- Easter Egg: A reference to the Surprise Creepy book Model-A-Monster in the 'arcaid'.
- Parodied with the rapidly-moving, hard-to-miss teddy bear in the first screen of Final Dragon. Catching it has the game tell you it's an Easter Egg.
- Another, far more easy to catch NPC does the same thing in Fate Demon, even declaring that it's like the one in Final Dragon.
- The Spooky Scary Skeletons video in LPSE.
- Dandy's room in EOA.
- Eldritch Abomination: S O U L, Snaily Joe and Shachihata.
- Enemy Mine: The Dimensional Stability Officer tells Morshu that if he has to choose between assisting eldritch abominations S O U L or Shachihata, to choose the former - aka the Big Bad for the entire series up to this point.
- Episodic Game: Although not referred to as episodes, the games are so short and are all puzzle pieces in one big story, so it has the same effect.
- Fan Nickname: A high amount of characters' names were determined after the fact by the fans, and then Ascended Fanon happened. Examples include Kawaii Girl/GIRL, Desu Girl, Shittyghost, and Old Guy The King.
- Fat Bastard: The Ogre. Not really.
- Foreshadowing: Final Dragon has a lot of this for Quest Fantasy.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: S O U L begins talking to the player, "T H E O N E A T T H E C O M P U T E R". He asks him if he's scared or if he thinks it's a silly creepypasta game. He then says he'll be coming after you're done playing.
- Also in LPSE, S O U L attacks the player directly.
- Freeware Game
- Flat "What.": Morshu's response to Flareon?
- Gainax Ending / Twist Ending: Every single game has one, the other, or both, so let's begin...
- Quest Fantasy: The king sent you to kill the Ogre so he could take his money and burn down Town, HERO is thenon referred to as MURDERER and has to fight S O U L and wins said battle by committing suicide.
- Final Dragon: The king was the Divine Oracle of Truth and killing the Final Dragon was one of the last steps to bringing about S O U L.
- Mystic Infinity: S O U L was spreading his influence even this far back in the form of P R I M A L S O U L and once again Cain's actions were just another piece in the plan to bring him about.
- Love Plus Shoujo Edition: A lot more exposition is given on the various Divine Oracles of Truth, and their purpose in life. Also, S O U L's influence is spreading, and the mansion's existence was all a trap in the first place.
- Fate Demon: Guy is not just any Guy, but Old Guy The King, the Stylistic Suck in this particular installment was All Just a Dream, and this is when S O U L first began influencing the world.
- Xenospire: This one is particularly nonsensical - a bunch of random Self-Deprecation happens and then title screen. Word of God confirms that what actually happened was that Oswald and Pimpalicious exited the Xenospire, but years had passed and everything was destroyed.
- Era Ovation Acceptance, and the series as a whole: The author appears and talks for a bit, but then walks Morshu home. Suddenly, a Dimension Stability Officer shows up and reveals the author to actually be an eldritch parasite named Shachihata who is trying to activate the credits sequence so that she can eat the world. The Officer admits he can't really do anything about it, though, but implies that Shachihata and S O U L will be battling for the world, and encourages Morshu to help S O U L win, since a world taken over by S O U L is better than no world at all. Credits roll.
- Guide Dang It: Everything about LPSE. What items you're supposed to give to the characters is often completely contradictory to basic logic, and getting the secret ending involves making all the characters hate you.
- In EOA, Dandy's room is hidden all the way at the beginning of the game and only activates after unlocking the end of the game.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: S O U L. While you do 'win' it, you do so through committing suicide, and then get a Game Over anyway.
- I Have Many Names: S O U L has a ton of different forms and iterations.
- Identical Grandson: Lampshaded in Fate Demon when some NPCs muse that they might have descendants that look exactly like them.
- Jerkass: Cain, the protagonist of Mystic Infinity.
- Old Guy The King. Though by the end of EOA, he seems to be suffering from Sanity Slippage.
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: Mostly due to the Anachronic Order, the storyline gets complex fast.
- Jump Scare: FEEL SAD
- Another one happens in Final Dragon after talking to the king, and again in Mystic Infinity after climbing the rope.
- Killed Off for Real: Several characters. HERO, Kawaii Girl, Shittyghost, Desu Girl, the Ogre, etc. Although you do get to see them again in the prequels.
- Kill 'em All: What Old Guy The King and S O U L will apparently eventually accomplish. Also what will happen when Shachihata vaporizes the universe.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: One of the town NPCs in Mystic Infinity calls Cain out for breaking into their houses all the time. Cain himself also lampshades this repeatedly.
Cain: yknow his life savings are probly in there
Cain: but there's nothing i like more than CASH MONEY
- Lack of Empathy: Guy/Old Guy The King. Especially evident in Fate Demon, though. He is not fazed at all by any of the weird hallucinations trying to make him feel bad for killing the Terracotta Ogre.
- Let's Play: There are some.
- Marathon Boss: All the bosses go on for a bit too long, with the exception of Ogre, Terracotta Ogre, and Gargoyle. Especially notable, though, is S O U L in the original, since there is literally no gameplay besides mashing attack until something happens.
- Meta Guy: Adam from Mystic Infinity is completely aware that he's in a video game, and knows absolutely everything that happens in the plot. He keeps trying to warn Cain, who just thinks he's insane.
- Also the Dimensional Stability Officer.
- Mind Screw: "You open the chest. You were inside!" The plot itself gets pretty overly convoluted as well.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By killing the Ogre, you've indirectly destroyed Town and released S O U L. A high amount of the second half of the original game is about making the player/HERO feel bad. Gets even worse when you see just the extent of S O U L's actions.
- GIRL does this as well in Final Dragon, killing the Final Dragon, which apparently is also part of Old Guy The King's plans.
- And then there's Cain, kawaii desu girl's grandfather, who drove the dragons to near-extinction in the first place, and also inadvertently released S O U L from the Dragon Blade. Quest Fantasy protagonists have a bad habit of ruining everything.
- Actually averted with Guy. All the creepy things that happened were All Just a Dream. However, possibly subverted if his apathetic nature was what caused S O U L to begin trying to get into the universe in the first place.
- Nightmare Sequence: Parodied in LPSE. Examine the bed.
- No Fourth Wall: Although the fourth wall gets broken a lot, it truly drifts into this territory with the ending of EOA, in which stopping the credits from activating, the characters only having one portrait, and certain locations not being programmed into the game are plot points.
- Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Paraphrased by a citizen of Victorioso despite the fact that the president is an eldritch snail.
- Non-Standard Game Over: The end of the non-prequel games.
- Fate Demon also has a monster on the map that will kill you instantly Ultimate Chimera-style if it touches you.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: The king pretends to talk with Stylistic Suck like the rest of the world in order to hide his status as a Divine Oracle of Truth.
- Only Sane Man: Adam and Oswald somewhat, Morshu definitely.
- Palette Swap: The Terracotta Ogre is literally just a recolored Ogre and nothing more.
- Re Cut: The 1.1 bugfix update for Love Plus Shoujo Edition was entitled "Director's Cut", as an over-exaggeration of the necessity to re-download it.
- Recycled Premise: Invoked in Fate Demon, which has the exact same plot as Quest Fantasy, with a guy (named Guy) going on a quest to slay a Terracota Ogre which causes Surprise Creepy to happen. Then it turns out Guy is Old Guy The King, the Surprise Creepy in this particular installment was all a dream and S O U L began trying to channel through him all this time ago.
- Running Gag: "potoins" are a recurring item that keep getting brought up in the prequels. Even characters speaking with normal grammar will refuse to refer to them as anything but potoins. The only time they are ever called potions is in some games' menus.
- Characters who are rapidly moving about the room, and when you finally catch them, they say nothing of value.
- But Thou Must.
- Sanity Slippage: Possibly Old Guy The King by the end of EOA?
- Saved by Canon: kawaii desu girl is about to lose to the Final Dragon when she's saved by The Power of Love and Friendship. The Author Avatar then points out that she can't die here because she's in Quest Fantasy.
- Selective Obliviousness: Cain is entirely convinced that his wife left to get groceries six years ago and took their daughter with her.
- Shout-Out: After defeating the Ogre, you get transported to a ruined town. The music that plays is the original Japanese version of Lavender Town.
- The S O U L fight music is "The Song of Unhealing", Zelda's Song of Healing played backwards, as seen in Ben Drowned.
- The filename for S O U L's image is entitled "giygas". He is a red spiral, who uses attacks the player cannot understand. In addition, MURDERER himself uses an attack with the text "You cannot comphrehend your attack!"
- "Model-A-Monster", a very small bit of Easter Egg text, is a reference to an old arts and crafts book of the same name. Said book is also Surprise Creepy.
- The 2Spooky meme gets one in Mystic Infinity.
- The final boss music in Mystic Infinity is an (extremely terrible) rendition of The Final Countdown, and the baby version of kawaii desu girl's mother declares "oppa Gangnam Style" after her rescue.
- A guard in Fate Demon also declares that the door he's guarding is "opan Gangnam Style (lol)"
- Fantasy Quest Love Shoujo Edition starts off the game by asking "But first, are you a boy or a girl?"
- And some of the menu words are misspelled, like "wepon" your "stasis" screen also explains that "you was one day in an office typing on a computer". The male protagonists' default name is John...
- The player's nightmare is set to "Spooky Scary Skeletons".
- Hipster Cheese is a character who was 'borrowed' from Middens.
- Arguably Reference Overdosed in EOA.
- Stock Video Game Puzzle: Two of the four (extremely easy) puzzles in the Final Dragon's dungeon are a Block Puzzle and a Lock and Key Puzzle, the other two being a riddle (answerable via a multiple choice window with one option) and an enemy encounter.
- Stylistic Suck
- Surreal Horror: A little.
- Surreal Humor: The amount of utter nonsense and in-jokes in the Stylistic Suck makes it drift into this.
- Surprise Creepy
- Take That: Raven Force is based off of somebody who criticized the original game despite seemingly missing the point entirely.
- Tempting Fate: When kawaii desu girl asks HERO in Final Dragon if he wants to be friends, he replies "yes you will never regret this decision"
- And again in Mystic Infinity, when Cain is told to leave kawai desu girl's future mother with the shopkeeper. Cain then proclaims "sounds like an idea that COULDN'T POSSIBLY LEAD TO ANYTHING NEGATIVE"
- The Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here guy in Victorioso. Okay, ignoring the fact that the president is an eldritch snail, his town is closer to S O U L territory than any other!
- Villain Protagonist: Subverted with HERO, in that the game tries to portray him as such when he didn't really do much other than take the advice of the king which he had no real reason to believe the king would possibly be doing anything evil. Then again, so little is revealed about HERO that he may or may not be one of these.
- Also, Guy in Fate Demon. He's apathetic about killing and grows up to become The Dragon.
- Visual Novel: The author admits that the games are more like this than RPGs at times, since a lot of the gameplay is just walking and talking to things.
- Walking Spoiler: S O U L and Shachihata.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Killing Ogre and causing the destruction of your home town causes the game to rename your character "MURDERER" and give him MS Paint Black Eyes of Evil.
- Year Outside, Hour Inside: Cain's battle with P R I M A L S O U L took ten years, even though it didn't feel nearly that long to him.
- You Cannot Get Ye Flask: In a way similar to Problem Sleuth, the Etherblast Gun turns into the Gigantes Axe after being taken, and pianos are occasionally acknowledged by characters as TROMBONEs.