|HamQuest: The Porkseeker Saga Chapter I|
|Released||Jan 2009 (Alpha)|
|Updated||Feb 6, 2010 (220.127.116.11)|
|Official site of HamQuest: The Porkseeker Saga Chapter I|
HamQuest: The Porkseeker Saga Chapter I is a coffee-break rogue-like developed by PlayDeez Games.
HamQuest does not take itself seriously, and doesn't expect you to do so, either.
The Red Dragon, on the other hand, does take itself seriously, and expects you to do so.
The game mechanics are based in part on the rules for HeroQuest.
HamQuest is actually something of a counter-cultural roguelike and is designed for minimalism.
Rather than having a bunch of options, complex spell systems, complex equipment systems, and a confusing array of actions to perform, HamQuest uses the four arrow keys.
To pick up an item, walk onto it.
To open a door, walk onto it.
To fight a creature, walk into it.
The character will automatically equip the best equipment he has.
This is actually why the HeroQuest system was chosen... there are only four attributes, and only three of them made it into HamQuest thus far: Attack, Defend, Body (and Mind for HeroQuest, not currently implemented).
- Graphical UI (.NET WinForms)
- Keyboard Controls consisting almost entirely of the Arrow Keys
- 256 Room Maze filled with creatures and items
HamQuest as a project was first announced on August 2, 2008, although it had been in development for a couple of months at that time. Versions 18.104.22.168 through 22.214.171.124 were done in December 2008-January 2009.
A second round of releases began in early July 2009, and it was quickly brought up 126.96.36.199.
A third round of released began in late January 2010.
The current version as of this writing is 188.8.131.52.
It is considered in beta, even though it is relatively stable, because of gameplay balance issues and some new feature bugs.