The Indie Café – DLC Quest
Dig it, you crazy cats and kittens. You have entered the Indie Café, where Jonathan Blow is a hero and Peter Molyneux is a villain. You are here because you know games like Saints Row are not giving you the full experience. So each week, we give the mic to your art house games, your retro titles and anything else created by gifted brothers and sisters tolling hard behind garage doors. So snap your fingers to the beat, plant yourself in a seat and lend your ear to these cool characters from the down low.
One of the worst trends this generation has been the abuse of downloadable content. While it’s been great to get new content to games we enjoy, some publishers have taken out content that would have been in the full game and sold it separately as DLC. It has even gotten to the point where some games have DLC sold on the first day or DLC content that’s later revealed to be already on the disc already and the content you paid for was actually only unlocking it for use. While business practices like this is despicable it doesn’t mean you can’t poke fun at this admittedly sour situation.
DLC Quest is a side scrolling adventure that pokes fun at the severity DLC abuse has escalated to. You are the hero and your girl has been kidnapped by the bad guy. Save her. Seems simple enough. However, almost everything is locked behind DLC. Want to pause the game? You need to get the DLC pack for that. What the ability to attack? There’s a DLC pack you need to pay for that. Want to walk to the left!? DLC Pack! Yup, even the most basic movements need to be paid extra for.
To be clear, you are not actually paying cash money for these simple abilities. In the game, you collect coins and pay the in-game merchant for the DLC. As you go on, you’ll collect more coins and unlock more content such as better weapons, horse armor because why not and zombies because every game today has to have zombies in it. The game will have you cutting down obstacles in your way and collecting coins as you make your way to the bad guy’s hideout to save your girl.
Developer Going Loud Studios and its founder Ben Kane have made four games so far, the third being DLC Quest. Although the game is short – clocking in a only a half an hour or so – a sequel has already been released due to the game’s success. You can get DLC Quest on the Xbox Live Marketplace via XBLIG for only 80 MSP or one dollar. The sequel is also available on XBLIG for the same price. What’s cool however is DLC Quest is also available for Steam, Greenman Gaming, Desura, and the Mac App Store with its sequel bundled together with the first game for $2.99.
Can you snap your fingers to celebrate the wonders of the little known game deserving of undercover fame? Step into the Indie Café every week to hear about the best of independently made video games. If you know about a groovy but little known title made by an independent studio, send me a tweet @Colorwind with the hash tag #IndieCafe and I’ll spread the wealth. Until next time, creep out like the shadow, cats and kittens.