Synopsis Quest Deluxe
Everybody knows heroes aren't born; they're made. And in Synopsis Quest Deluxe from Skipmore, thanks to a handy English translation from Benito C. (and featured in a previous Link Dump Friday), you can find out exactly how in this parody of the RPG genre. After all, everyone knows little boys are made of snips and snails, and puppy dog tails, but a traditional hero is obviously made of genre stereotypes, minigame puzzles, and cure spells. Use your mouse to select your stage from the menu on the right once the game loads; each one is actually a tiny level that you have to solve to proceed. Move with the [arrow] keys, and interact with the [spacebar]. Follow the instructions given at the start of each stage, but don't expect a serious, epic game; Synopsis Quest Deluxe is strictly bite-sized and absolutely ridiculous to boot. You'll have to think outside of the box and remember the stereotypes of ye olden RPGs to succeed.
Children of the Playstation generation, do not adjust your monitor; what you are seeing is a slice of the past, when graphics were simpler, blockier, and NESier. The last "traditional" RPG of this sort I can actually remember playing and enjoying was on the SNES (gesundheit!), so this is a bit of a throwback even for me. It seems like there's no quicker way to get adulation these days than to slap a retro visual package onscreen, but Synopsis Quest's shining star actually comes from its desire to poke fun at its source material. Everything from ransacking conveniently placed pots to one-liner NPCs who have nothing better to do but walk in place all day waiting for your heroic bottom to saunter through and bring a brief thrill into their otherwise empty lives. See, you're making the world a better place already! I knew you had it in you. Now go and fetch me ten rat tails. Chop chop, there's a good Chosen One.
The game's biggest source of irritation is actually its sticky, clunky controls which makes otherwise simple stages more annoying than they would typically be. I get that it was originally made for mobile phones, but when porting something from one device to another, you should take the time to make sure it performs equally well on both or you leave yourself open to criticism. Synopsis Quest Deluxe is far from unplayable, but it isn't exactly streamlined either. Still, for a small package of gameplay, Synopsis Quest Deluxe is funny and charming; certainly worth a look for any of us who were burned by a Fire spell in our youth because we forgot to bring an extra Phoenix Down to the battle.