Monday, June 11, 2012

Below the Cut: Secret Quest (Atari 2600)

(Source: MobyGames)
Secret Quest - Rating(0 RPP)
1) 0 - Character Advancement: practice/experience based advancement, stat or level increases, multiple classes or characters, customize characters
2) 0 - Combat: character stats used for combat, additional combat options, turn based
3) 0 - Items and Equipment: store to buy and sell, equipment decisions, item decisions
4) 0 - Story: main story at the forefront; world full of hints and lore; descriptions for objects, people, and places
5) 0 - Exploration: open world from the beginning, visited locations remain open
6) 0 - Quests and Puzzles: side quests not related to the main quest, puzzles and riddles to solve

Secret Quest for the Atari 2600 is the one with the newest release date I've added to the list at the suggestion of AmyK, so I thought I'd take a look at it first. After playing it though, I'm convinced it doesn't fit my criteria. From the description, the game has 8 levels of increasing maze-like difficulty where you need to set a self-destruct mechanism and reach the exit before it blows.

Your character is given a light sword, which uses a small amount of energy and has a limited oxygen supply that acts as health, but both also drain slowly on their own. There doesn't seem to be much beyond this though, and it's lacking a fleshed out character (stats and skills), combat is basic (collide sword with enemy), and there's no other NPC, story, or quest interaction to be had. To classify it, it's an arcade style action game much like many other Atari 2600 games.

Many other of the older games aren't quite fitting either, so to save from flooding everyone with posts I'll start combining a few of the more alike games. Hopefully this won't be too confusing for anyone trying to follow along.

Sorry AmyK, I hope your other suggestions pan out a bit better.


  1. O_o at the cartridge cover photo. I guess this hero was fighting dragons in his underwear before Arthur and Maximo made it cool.

    1. Ha. I'd rather like to believe it's a skin tight suit, but now I can't unsee him wearing just a speedo, belt, and helmet.