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 Fantasy Quest series provides examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: The sequel exists largely to parody the original, and Interactive Fiction tropes in general.
- Artifact of Doom: Parodied with the Golden Cufflink of Fire.
- Ascended Meme: 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).
- Baleful Polymorph: 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.
- Broken Bridge: Most puzzles take this form, including one that's a literal broken bridge. (In the sequel, a modern suspension bridge has replaced it.)
- Butt-Monkey: 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.
- Cool Crown: Despite the crown's magic properties, the game just says, "All right. You got the 'Crown of Destiny' or something. Happy?"
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Hes Ahkia.
- Curse, Curse Escape Clause: 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.
- Early Installment Weirdness: 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.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: The shark's presence and attack is as random as can be.
- Fluffy the Terrible: The angry dwarf's name is Mr. Snorri "Fruitloop" Throfssonsson
- Fortune Teller: 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.
- Heroic Fantasy
- Killer Rabbit: The gigantic bunny rabbit, who's even more powerful than the gigantic black cat. You later have to fight the carnivorous giraffe!
- Kleptomaniac Hero: The other people in the land interpret your actions as a wide-scale theft spree.
- A Load of Bull: When you enter the volcano, you come face to horns with a monster and cant leave till you've taken him down.
- Magical Land: It's the "magical land of Fantasy"! No word on just how you got there or exactly where you go afterward.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Apparently, the sweet girl you let out of prison is an insane killer who will return to evil.
- Non-Standard Game Over: 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 What the Hell, Hero? 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. The rapids chase is in fact an Unwinnable by Design Red Herring 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.
- Noodle Incident: Millie the Silly's "Baconslicer Incident."
- Riddling Sphinx: 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.
- Sad Clown: The poor guy has no nose!
- Save the Princess: The synopsis itself promises a subversion.
- Schmuck Bait: Some of the suicidal options.
- Self-Deprecation: 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.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: "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?
- Text Parser: 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).
- The Password Is Always "Swordfish": Probably shouldn't leave those passwords on notes nailed to trees.
- Too Dumb to Live: You, if you choose. "Bang your head on the rocks"? Yeah, sure.
- Unicorn: It heals. And it loves carrots.
- You Killed My Husband: Says the vampire's wife, twenty years after you kill him.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Quite literally.