PONG Quest on Nintendo Switch is a new take on the seminal arcade smash. Take control of a brave young paddle and traverse treacherous lands – each loosely based on various classic Atari® hits – in this uniquely PONG®-themed dungeon-crawling RPG. Dress up your paddle and equip special balls with unique abilities to battle aggressive foes in Quest or online opponents in a new take on the classic PONG gameplay.
You play as a talking pong paddle, that has to gather the 4 orbs for the king paddle. This is the base of the story and involves dungeons, mini-games, bosses and loot. This is where the RPG influence end, as battles, aren’t made up of turn-based actions but a game of Pong. Hit the ball passed the opponent and you score a hit.
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As you battle, you can change the ball using power-ups on the court. These can also be bought from the shop or found in chests. These balls can then be used to perform special attacks on the enemy.
The trick is activating these special attacks. As its a combination of shoulder button to select and then A to attack as soon as you hit the ball. It takes some learning, but I got used to this button combination. You are gonna want to pick this up quickly as otherwise, the game will be hard to complete.
The dungeon rooms are a little bland, with a very sparse design. There are a couple of enemies, who have their kind of attacks. I found these to be more of a hassle than fun. Tending to avoid fights as much as possible.
I love the looks of the game, its bright, bubbling and colourful. But this may be a game with style over substance. It feels like it was made by indie developers over a megacorp like Atari.
I did find the most fun was had with a friend. It’s funny to say, but I had the most fun with PONG Quest when I wasn’t playing the quest part. It was just playing an updated version of Pong.
Overall, PONG Quest was a bit of a letdown. I feel if they removed the Quest and just sold this as a fun updated version of Pong, I would have loved it. Finally, check out Jabba Reviews. Also, follow us on Twitter or Facebook.