Life is tough. Games, though, are fun, so when you mix the two, you get... fough? No, wait, you get Life Quest, the life simulation game recently ported to mobile iOS devices by BigFishGames! As soon as you graduate from high school, the world is yours to command. Once you get a job, earn some money, float above your rising pool of debt, and somehow come out ahead, that is! But since it's all fun and games in Life Quest, you get to kick back and enjoy an experience not unlike The Sims meets a time management game, which is to say, you'll spend a whole lot of time getting very little done! (Just like real life, no?)
After jumping through the initial tutorial hoops, Life Quest turns you loose in a city full of promise. There are buildings to utilize throughout the town, such as universities, apartments to rent, restaurants, clothing stores, furniture outlets, and much more, much of which is locked at the beginning of the game. Your goal is to live life to its fullest by outdoing your classmates as they present you with challenges. The game takes place in daily increments where you'll try to earn money, then use that money to do the things you need (and want). As soon as one task is done, the next classmate appears with bigger and better goals in mind. You won't have to worry about managing too much in Life Quest, as there are very few stats to keep an eye on, and progression is largely automatic and a simple byproduct of your daily activities.
Where Life Quest really shines is its plethora of options. You can tinker around all you want with this game, customizing your character, picking just the right job (assuming you're qualified for it), picking out clothes to wear, getting appliances and buying groceries, etc. It really is its own little simulation world, but with a nice rivalry-fueled incentive to keep outdoing everyone you knew in high school. This does lead to a less character-centric approach to the game, however. Even though you'll spend a lot of time focusing on who you are and what you do, the goals are always about outdoing someone else, not meeting and beating your own personal life goals. But hey, that's what real life's for, right?
Life Quest was an excellent game when it was released for the downloadable casual games market, and the mobile port effortlessly brings that experience to touch screen iOS devices. Have a little virtual life in your own hands, no matter where your real life takes you!
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on an iPad. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.