The Indie scene is proving to be fertile ground for a resurgence in old-school adventure games, and the charmingly named Mouldy Toof studios are contributing to that resurgence with their newest title, Spud’s Quest, which is available on Steam as of today for $7.99.
The premise of Spud’s Quest is rather simple. You are Spud, a bipedal blue M&M with a pair of trendy red shoes, and your mission is to travel the fantasy-based world the game is set in to uncover four elemental essences, which are required to remove a curse that plagues the royal family. Accompanying you is your pet frog, Prince Charming, who you can also take control of to access more restrictive spaces.
The game takes its cues from classic side scrolling adventure games like Zelda, Metroid, and Dizzy. There’s a lot of platforming and puzzle solving. The game’s trailer depicts Spud pushing crates to use at platforms, throwing rocks or something of that nature at unfriendly looking monsters, and traversing a wide variety of colorful environments ranging from medieval castles and villages to underwater havens to vast forests. Other features include a day and night cycle with weather systems that affect character schedules and a number of abilities and powerups at the player’s disposal.
The game was built on Fusion 2.5, a game and software creation tool that can be purchased for a hundred dollars that, as you probably have figured out by now, specializes in 2D games like Spud’s Quest. The creator of Fusion, French company Clickteam, are also taking on publishing duties for Spud’s Quest, an offer that extends to developers using their software. Their press release for the game reads:
We have always striven as a company to enable easy game and app creation for everyone. As a result, our large user base is firmly rooted in the indie community and spirit. By providing these fantastic publishing opportunities to select developers, Clickteam hopes to help them in achieving success both critically and commercially.
Spud’s Quest began life on Kickstarter, where it was successfully funded to the tune of £6,033 from 475 backers on November 2012.