Developer: Cookiebit

Price: FREE
Version: 1.0.1.
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

Graphics/Sound Rating: ★★☆☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★½☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★½☆☆
Playtime Rating: ★★½☆☆
Re-use/replay Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

We’ve all had a go at the delivery driver; let’s not try to say otherwise. It’s his fault that the package hasn’t been dispatched in 24 hours. It’s her fault that its not loaded on the van. They’re the first point of contact for abuse in abundance and that’s not set to change anytime soon.

However if Static Quest is to be believed, they do all they can to make sure that package ends up in our hands, even if it’s their last day at work!

In Static Quest, players assume the role of a delivery driver who is on his last ever shift. Finally, he can be the man he has always wanted to be, fulfil his dreams and live like a king. He just needs to deliver this one last package. But when his van steers out of control in the middle of an abandoned forest, projecting him through the front windscreen, our intrepid delivery dude suddenly finds himself abandoned and alone.

Adding to the grief, creepy crawlies and freaky abominations have started to descend on his position, and he is only armed with his fists and pebbles. Worse still, our protagonist is completely transfixed in one position, and is only able to face left and right to confront the oncoming hordes.

Oh, goodie.

Gameplay wise, Static Quest is as basic as it comes. The player will fight slugs which come towards them faster and faster as the level goes on. However, players can also increase the difficulty and face increasingly harder hordes, including eyeball monsters, fashionable orcs and other freak shows which will attack from long range or club players into the ground with one hit.

As one might suspect, fists and stones won’t break much bigger bones, so players will also need to make good use of the game’s armoury. From each kill, the player will earn money which can then be spent to upgrade current weaponry or buy something better. Eventually, players will have a arsenal of katanas, crossbows and magic spells IF they’re willing to fork over the cash.

Static Quest is a freemium title, but if players want to make any sort of progress, it’s an absolute necessity for them to spend something.

Unfortunately, this rinse and repeat formula grows tired very quickly. It’s basic, limited and does little to promote the reputation of iOS as a premium gaming platform.

Even if Static Quest is a free title, I found little incentive to invest much time in it, let alone dollars. It’s great that the title offers improved weaponry for maximum carnage and it does offer present a fairly nifty concept for players to get their teeth stuck into.

However, I moved on from this one fairly quickly, and have neither had the urge or incentive to look back since. Static Quest is fleeting fun for a few minutes, but is unable to sustain players for much longer than that.

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