Tap Quest is a top-down Role Playing Game (RPG) in which the player takes control of Archers, Knights and Mages in search of Crystals of Power. Travel through deserts, forests and mountains on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and fight the evil minions of Savros to gain keys to unlock more crystals. This game will appeal to fans of retro RPGs such as Final Fantasy and the Legend of Zelda series.
It was released by From|Ahead and is currently free to download; however there are in-game purchases if the player wishes to expand the available game play. Every Monday the game is updated with brand new quests.
The player starts out with three characters and the first task is to assign a profession to each of them. The characters can take the role of Archer, Knight or Mage. At this stage of the game it is highly recommended that the player chooses one of each type; however experienced players may wish to use a different strategy.
Once these are chosen, the characters will be thrust into a world which is full of danger. To select a character, the player simply has to tap on them. It is also possible to select more than one character by tapping somewhere on the screen and dragging; this creates a selection box which selects every character within. Later in the game it is possible to gain more characters.
To get the characters to move, simply select them and tap somewhere on the screen, they will then walk to this spot. To attack enemies, tap on the enemy and the selected characters will begin to attack. To move to the next area, simply tap on the edge of the screen.
As the game is played the characters will level up, and improve their stats, just like any normal RPG. When a level up takes place, the game will ask which of the character the player wishes to level up.
The game is made up of many quests, more of which are added every Monday. To select a quest, the player must have the required number of crystals to gain access. Once the level is loaded the characters are taken to a new area in search of another crystal.
Within the areas are stores and inns, where it is possible to buy items and rest to regain health respectively. There are also many enemies in these areas which must be defeated.
There is not really any need for strategy when dealing with opponents, but each character is effective for different roles; the knight for example is better at receiving damage than the archer.
Sometimes the characters will encounter a locked pathway which requires a key to unlock; these are usually located nearby or it will be necessary to destroy all the enemies to gain it. There are portals that teleport to various areas of the world where extra items and keys can be found.
The items in Tap Quest are the usual RPG style items: Potions for health, bombs, hearts and gold etc. These can be gained from the stores or found around the world. Bombs are used for destroying trees that block the way.
There is also an out of quest store from which the game can upgraded and extra features can be bought such as a Dwarf class to join the available characters or sound to add to the game.
The style is reminiscent of the original Zelda game and fans of that game won’t be disappointed. It will not rival the old retro classic, but it will entertain in the same way and for a game that is completely free and constantly updated, Tap Quest clearly surpasses its expectation.
The retro style is something that makes games very playable, and the cartoon aspects make the game less straining; less of an effort and more of a relaxing play. The graphics are designed to look retro and they do this very well; it does look just like an early game.
The previous game can be saved so there is never the need to start again. As the game is played there is the ability to gain more characters, more items and more skills and abilities; making this an adventure that will keep any player busy for a while.
The main difference between Tap Quest and the retro Zelda is the fact that the party is made up of more than one character, making this a hybrid of modern style RPGs with older retro game play; something than many would claim is missing from newer games. Imagine Final Fantasy with Zelda style fighting and that is what this game offers.The biggest problem with the game is that if players have large fingers it can take a while to target enemies or hit the exact spot.
The game will keep players coming back for more and because Tap Quest is free and updated regularly, it is such a worthwhile addition to any games collection. Tap Quest is available to download from the App Store and will not disappoint.