Review – The Office Quest

Let’s face it, office jobs are boring. Day in and day out, it’s the same thing over and over; the same desk, the same click of the mouse, the same meetings, the same inspirational posters, and the same furry animal costumes. Ok, maybe not every office has that last one. Still, there’s no debate that office jobs are extremely tedious and every employee at one point or another wishes for a bit of excitement from their humdrum work routine. In 11 Sheep’s The Office Quest, you’ll finally get the adventure you’re looking for.

You start The Office Quest at your desk like any other day, until you see a magical ball of energy fly out of a flower on your desk and float away. Unable to ignore such an intriguing occurrence, you leave your station and follow it on a journey through your office and beyond. Reaching the magical enigma won’t be easy as you have to navigate your way through dull meetings, past angry bosses, through labyrinthine air ducts, and across bizarre landscapes.

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It started off like any other day…

The gameplay in The Office Quest is pretty straightforward. It’s a point and click adventure game with puzzles to solve along the way. There’s no real inventory, you’ll just pick up certain items and use them on something else nearby to solve a puzzle or advance your progress and once it’s used, it disappears. The puzzles in this game range from very simple to pretty difficult. I’ll admit that there were a couple I got stumped on for a while. The trick is to make sure you look around the environment thoroughly, because the answer is usually hidden there somewhere. Sometimes even in plain sight, once you figure out what to look for.

The Office Quest is animated in a fun cartoonish style that goes perfectly with the abundant humor in the game. The overall tone is muted with a focus on the bright red magical energy you’re following. Every character is drawn in some sort of giant animal or plant costume, not for the effect of some sort of social commentary, more for the sake of being ridiculous. Personally, I loved it.

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Not even crazy costumes can make a board meeting fun.

The sound in The Office Quest is well done. The background music is simple and there are lots of wacky sound effects that add to the charm of the game. There’s no dialogue, just occasional nonsensical mumblings of various characters to help convey their tone. This definitely added to the cartoon feel of the game.

The Office Quest is a fun, quirky time and one that will keep you entertained during its playthrough. Be forewarned that it is a short game, averaging about a total of three hours in length. However, it is a relatively inexpensive title and one I feel is worth the price tag. You can play it on your mobile phone, but I’d recommend playing in on your PC through Steam so you only have to pay for it once, instead of going through several payment installments throughout the chapters which will interrupt your gameplay. Plus, that way you can try playing it at your boring desk job and have a little escape of your own.

 

Graphics: 8.0

Silly cartoon style drawings and zany animations.

Gameplay: 8.5

Basic point and click type of game with some really fun puzzles.

Sound: 8.0

Simple yet effective for keeping up with the humorous feel of the game.

Fun Factor: 8.0

Lots of jokes and slapstick humor throughout and nice variation in the puzzles.

Final Verdict: 8.0

Reviewed on PC.
Office Quest is now available on Steam and Android.
A copy of Office Quest was provided by the publisher.

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