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The rest of the game's graphics are default engine assets.
An RPG of non-epic proportions.

Unemployment Quest is an RPG Maker game by Charles DeYoe. The game follows Chris, a young man who graduated from school a year ago, but sadly, has had no luck in finding a job. However, he has not given up the hunt.

The game was funded on Kickstarter. It was released in 2012, but soon became unavailable. It's now available as freeware on the game's website.

Unemployment Quest contains examples of:

  • Bland-Name Product: The local retailer is called "Bullseye-Mart," an apparent portmanteau of Target and Wal-Mart.
  • Blob Monster: RPG Maker VX Ace's default green Slimes are referred to as "Doubt".
  • Chest Monster: "Materialist Desire" enemies attack you if you try to open some chests, which may not even have anything inside.
  • Disappointed in You: Chris' father says this to him regarding his lack of employment.
    "I just want you to know that as your father, I'm very disappointed in your apparent unwillingness to work. Have you really tried to get a job yet? Gone out to apply? Anywhere? Because I don't think you're trying hard enough."
  • Final Boss: Uncertain Present, which appears to be the embodiment of Chris' doubts.
  • Fish People: "Isolation" is a humanoid fish that attacks at sea.
  • Graceful Loser: After being defeated, Uncertain Present concedes that Chris might make something of himself one day.
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: The encounters with Uncertain Future prior to the final battle. You won't even be able to scratch the boss, and he'll probably kill you on the first hit.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: "Discouragement" takes the form of a dragon.
  • Our Minotaurs Are Different: "Madness" is a minotaur.
  • Punny Name: One of the enemies is called an IMPulse.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Chris gets quite a few from the various creatures that embody his doubts. One of the most cutting comes from the Final Boss.
    "So, you were stupid enough to think you could stand up for yourself. Don't you see there is no hope for you? Your sense of entitlement makes me laugh. Would you prefer to be on welfare? Or do you think you might be able to crawl from the gutter to be worthy of flipping burgers?"
  • Scary Scorpions: "Laziness" takes the form of a scorpion.
  • Sequel Hook: Chris gets an interview, which goes well, and seemingly finds a way to "stave off the hell of unemployment." The narration asks if he'll do well at his job, and suggests a sequel, Underemployment Quest.
  • Three-Quarters View: How the game's seen.
  • Tin Tyrant: Uncertain Present is clad in a suit of black armor.
  • Turn-Based Combat: Naturally, given that it's an RPG.
  • Womb Level: The mid-to-late section the Castle of Uncertainty looks like you're inside a body. Chris reacts appropriately.
    "Ugh, I feel sick. This place is disgusting."