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Niche Spotlight – Elliot Quest: A Modern Tribute to Zelda II

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Independent Mexico-based developer Ansimuz Games released their pixelated tribute game, Elliot Quest, across a multitude of platforms.

The game is likened to a mix of Metroid, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Hit play on the above trailer to get a better idea of how the game looks and plays – the animations really hit those nostalgic notes.

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Elliot Quest follows a somewhat depressing story, where protagonist Elliot finds his wife missing, only to later fall ill and then attempt to kill himself.

He then discovers that he can’t die, which leads to him discovering he’s cursed. Your mission is to find a cure to the Satar demon, before it consumes Elliot’s vitality entirely.

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The only hope for Elliot’s salvation is finding one of the island’s Guardians – powerful beings that have thus far kept the Satar from taking over Urele.

Here are the game’s key features:


  • An expansive island to explore with over 16 unique bosses
  • Customize your character with an engaging Level Up System
  • Chain attacks to make enemies drop more items
  • Experiment with different magic attacks to defeat Elliot’s enemies
  • Solve puzzles to find hidden crystals and access secret areas
  • Hunt powerful monsters to find powerful weapons
  • 3 unique endings based on your decisions
  • Well-balanced gameplay that’s easy to pick up but challenging to master

Originally funded on Kickstarter back in 2013, Elliot Quest is the brainchild of Luis Zuno, who later brought on collaborators from other counties. The game was first released on PC, only to later be ported to a bunch of other platforms.

Elliot Quest is currently available for PC, Mac, Linux, the Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.


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17 comments
  1. totenglocke
    totenglocke
    November 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Oh snap, Xbone and PS4 got shunned!

  2. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    November 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    You forgot to add Battle of Olympus, Kid Icarus, and Xexyz to the inspiration list.

  3. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    I guess that means that the game is worth checking out then.

    Shovel Knight and Freedom Planet were the best indie releases of the past several years, and they got Nintendo releases first as well.

  4. Travis Touchdown
    Travis Touchdown
    November 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Yet another great Nintendo exclusive release.

  5. Minuteworld92
    Minuteworld92
    November 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm

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  6. Minuteworld92
    Minuteworld92
    November 23, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    FUCK. I WAS TRYING TO ARRANGE THE “PC” INTO A GIANT “NO” BUT IT DIDN’T WORK.

  7. nine_ball
    nine_ball
    November 23, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Are you a professional autist, or just a gifted amateur?

  8. BeakieHelmet
    BeakieHelmet
    November 24, 2016 at 1:49 am

    These colors make my eyes bleed. Why can’t indie games have proper contrast between foreground, background and character sprites?

  9. OSad
    OSad
    November 24, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Jesus Brandon, you’ve been working overtime lately.

    What’s happened to the rest of the staff?

  10. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    November 24, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I’ll never get tired of laughing at this.

  11. Stilzkin
    Stilzkin
    November 24, 2016 at 5:02 am

    People like this are the reason eugenics should be a thing

  12. djluke_1993
    djluke_1993
    November 24, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Well no unfortunately. There are plenty of shovelware Indie games on Nintendo platforms as there are on any others. Plus the game are also released on PC, Mac and Linux and Shovel Knight was also on Steam. So that kinda makes your point moot.

  13. BlueSkies
    BlueSkies
    November 24, 2016 at 11:33 am

    looks disgusting

  14. Tallcat
    Tallcat
    November 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Good article, but no link to the Steam page.

  15. Maldy
    Maldy
    November 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Hey I might actually check this game out