Life Quest Hands-On Preview

Life is hard, but it doesn’t have to be. If a day at work meant no more than just clicking a button once, or your commute time was measured in seconds instead of hours, you might actually have fun going about your daily routine. Life Quest, an upcoming iOS port from Big Fish Games, makes day-to-day tasks exciting by turning them into a goal-driven RPG.

In Life Quest, you start as a recent high school graduate, with your whole life ahead of you. You can take classes, do laundry, buy a pet, get a job, and perform other menial tasks, all with the goal of becoming more successful than your former classmates, one by one.

Each classmate is progressively more ambitious, which means that you’ll have to keep up with their life goals while maintaining your own levels of happiness and health. Spending a lot of time at work may earn you enough money to buy furniture or a new set of wheels, but you can’t forget to eat, or you’ll lose health.

As you “defeat” each classmate in the game of life, you’ll cross them off your yearbook page. We couldn’t get too far in our hands-on preview build, because it was unstable and kept crashing, but we’ve seen this kind of gameplay before in games like Jones in the Fast Lane, and we’re eager to play more.

Like in the Sims series, we enjoyed identifying with our character in Life Quest and helping them achieve their virtual life goals. Games like Life Quest also help clarify your personal goals in real life, reminding you to do a load of laundry or ask your boss for a raise. The art style is also a lot of fun, with large, cartoon avatars that you can customize. We’re intrigued by the concept, and hope that this PC game makes a successful transition to iOS. Look for Life Quest on the App Store in May.

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