Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Chex Quest

In 1996, somebody thought it would be a good idea to make a family-friendly non-violent Doom mod, put a bunch of Chex ads in it, and throw it in some cereal boxes. There's some story involved in it and it's loosely related to Chex cereal. You're the ChexGuy or something. out to save the Chex Hanger from some phlegm. Seriously. Epic sigh as I remember my friends owning this.
Gameplay: 4/10
Basically, I've given it four points of gameplay value because it uses the Doom engine. With that set aside and figured in, the game receives -6 points for its blatant butchering of video games. The levels so large and spread out you'll spend most of your time dashing across the place, trying to figure out where to go. Good thing there's a map, just hit tab. We can thank Doom for that. The enemies are also pretty superlame, things like balls of phlegm, phlegm in a flying suit, phlegm in a battle suit, you get the idea. They do an alright job of throwing a lot of enemies at you, and I enjoy it quite a bit when there's a lot of the Flemoids or whatever. Now, the weapons are odd, because you can't really call them weapons, because they don't really hurt anything, but hey. He's got a spoon, some laser thing with a button, a bigger laser thing with a button,  a laser chaingun, a laser plasma rifle, and a laser rocketlauncher. They're all about the same old crap that would be in any videogame like this. Booored already as I accidentally stumbled into a room full of programmers faces. I was going to post a screenshot of this one really weird looking dude, but it didn't work. That's when I realized that this game was programmed to suck really bad so you'd go eat some Chex instead.

Graphics: 7/10
They're colorful, it works well with what's going on, the weapons are designed neatly, and he holds his guns ambidextrous. Sometimes he's got stuff on the left, sometimes on the right, or even in the middle. Plus points for variety, I like that. There's also Chex ads everywhere. This leads me to believe that the game was designed by some dudes and Chex bought it and stuffed all their corny goodness in the game. It's definitely  Doom, the enemies have a few sides whereas everything else is 2-D. Always facing you. -3 points for lack of effort on some of the objects.
Sound: 6/10
The music is nice and probably the most original part of this game. As for the sound effects, there's enough of them for me to not hate it, but they do get a little repetitive. This guy goes around humping walls in various pitch, but nothing else has much variety. -4 points for the lack of effort, again.

Overall: 5/10
The game was free then, and it's free now. I guess there isn't much else to say, judging by the fact that this game came from a cereal box. It apparently increased their sales by over 200%, and its not a path that I've seen many other companies take. It also won many awards due to the genius marketing campaign behind Chex Quest, but I can tell you right here that it's all bull. The game is a like taking all of your favorite games and making them incredibly boring and not much fun at all. Pick it up from the link below. Or don't.
http://www.hotud.org/component/content/article/43-action/21348

4 comments:

  1. sounds lame and awesomely epic

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  2. Never heard of it before, might have to check it out!

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  3. lol, thanks god it was a one-hit trend...
    lame and awesome, like the guy above said!

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