Game Info:

Milo's Quest
Developed By: Ratalaika Games
Published By: Ratalaika Games
Released: January 31, 2020
Available On: PS4, Switch, Xbox One
Genre: Adventure
ESRB Rating: Everyone (Mild Fantasy Violence)
Number of Players: Single-player
Price: $4.99

First, my thanks to Ratalaika Games for the review key.

In an age where 3-D and complexity is the norm in games, not only do we hearken for the days of retro fun, we might also want something simple to play. Milo's Quest is a call back to these days that tries to satisfy both urges.

Our hero is Milo, a dog who likes bones. After trying to pick up a weird but interesting big green bone one day, he realizes he let loose the evil King Skull, who had been sealed away inside the bone. Being a dog who realizes this is not good, Milo decides to be a good boy and put King Skull and his minions back where they belong.

Milo's Quest

Strong Points: Simple yet effective action-RPG and puzzle game mix
Weak Points: Very short
Moral Warnings: Cartoony style violence; Ghosts as enemies (of the Pac-Man style variety)

The gameplay is as simple as the story. Doing a combination of exploring various top-down areas and solving various block-styled puzzles, Milo makes his way through various game screens to find and reseal King Skull and his ghostly minions back inside the green bone. The game can be further customized to strip out the puzzles or the adventuring aspect depending on your tastes. There is even a speed-running mode for those who want to test how long it takes to beat this title, as it can be beaten in an afternoon by a dedicated player.

Graphics are much like an even more cutesy Game Boy Color version of Link's Awakening, only with even more vibrant colors. Sound is classic chip-tune style music and appropriate sound effects that aren't really memorable but do set the mood for play nicely.

Milo's Quest
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 80%
Gameplay - 16/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 6/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 94%
Violence - 8/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 9/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The controls are not hard at all to understand, with new controls explained as you discover new actions to perform. The game itself is quite stable and glitch-free, with fast load times.

Morally, this title has hardly any issues. When bopping ghosts, they immediately disappear into a cartoony poof cloud. There are ghosts and the bad guy is a big cartoon skull, but these are no more scary than something from a children's cartoon.

Overall, it's a really short title but worth its purchase price if you want a family-friendly title and a nice intro to puzzle and adventure RPG games. Morally, there is nothing overly offensive to anyone of any age and I'd advise any parent wanting to buy something appropriate in the puzzle and RPG genre to consider this for young children especially.



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