Cornering the market on snack-based video games, Flight School Studio and General Mills have released the family friendly FPS Chex Quest HD for all those willing to take a bite. Is this Doom clone a tasty treat, or does it prove to be empty calories?
Chex Quest HD Review
Things kick off in Chex Quest HD with quite the pickle. The nefarious Flemoids have kidnapped five members of Chex Mix Squadron (including the fan favorite P.R.E.T.Z.L. and Dr. O’Ryen), and it’s up to the remaining Chex Mix Squadron member Fred Chexter to infiltrate the Bazoik planet to save them. Flying off in his Chex-style spaceship to the Alpha Sector, he sets out on his mission, taking down any creature that stands in his way.
There’s just one problem – conventional weapons don’t work on these creatures. Rather, players must use a variety of Zorchers and their handy dandy spoon to get these vile creatures out of their sight. This silly premise lays on the cheese thick, with a catchphrase button and quips around every turn.
However, strip all of the goofiness away and you’re left with a bland clone of Doom. Players will navigate tight passageways, collect keys, pick up new Zorchers, find bowls of fruits and vegetables to regain health, and make it to the end of each stage. There’s the occasional switch that’ll make a pool of milk drain or do some other task, but everything is just so milquetoast. The landing zone, storage facility, laboratory, arboretum, and caverns just don’t take the whole snack-based premise far enough, and feel more like placeholders than intricately thought out levels.
The lack of polish really hurts it as well. Zorching enemies just doesn’t feel satisfying, and being on the receiving end of the damage doesn’t really have any impact. Stages are noticeably lacking in detail (outside of Chex Mix logos strewn about), and the HUD is a garish disaster that takes up far too much of the screen and has the Chex Mix brand front and center. The Flemoids just kind of scoot along too, lacking any serious amount of animation. There’s also the occasional bug – we encountered times where the camera was downright jittery. Despite having HD in the title, this feels more like an upscaled PlayStation 2 game than something released in 2020.
Completing the main game and saving the day takes around an hour, but there are secrets in each level that can be discovered and characters that can be unlocked with codes found on Chex Mix packages or on social media channels like Instagram. The game also takes into account the amount of Flemoids zorched and items found, so completionists looking to truly master a game based on junk food can set out to do so. Just note that there are no achievements or leaderboards to speak of, so you won’t be able to show your friends your Chex Quest HD prowess. A multiplayer mode is also available for up to four players.
For a game based on a snack mix, Chex Quest HD is truly one of a kind. However, as a FPS, it lacks the polish needed to be anything more than a Doom clone with some silly trappings.
This review of Chex Quest HD was done on the PC. The game was freely downloaded.
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