The Good, The Bad, and The Free 08: Letter Quest Remastered

Obtained from: PS Plus. Asking Price: $12 Switch, $10 PS4 and Xbox One, $8 Steam, free on Mobile

Obtained from: PS Plus. Asking Price: $12 Switch, $10 PS4 and Xbox One, $8 Steam, free on Mobile

Letter Quest Remastered is a mix between a turn-based RPG and a puzzle game that has the Grim Reaper fighting evil creatures one letter at a time. The goal of the game is to spell out a word to attack a monster, and the larger the word the better. There isn’t really a lot to say here, so let’s just move on to the three parts.

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The Good

The best thing I can say about this game is that it does what it wants to do well. The game offers light RPG mechanics to a game about trying to spell out long words, and for the most part it does fine. The loop of playing the game and using money earned to upgrade yourself gives reason to keep playing as well as make you powerful enough to tackle foes. On top of that, the game adds elemental effects, enemy modifiers, challenges, and more to keep the gameplay interesting. One thing I do like about this game is that they give you unlimited amount of time to think about the word you want to spell out. I don’t like games that rush me, so being able to go at my own pace felt nice. Finally, the game occasionally have hangman-style parts within levels that are also fun. Overall, I would say that this game achieves what it wants to do, and I think they do it well.

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The Bad

Unfortunately, what they set out to achieve is something I find quite boring. While the mechanics around the gameplay spices things up, I think that the overall the game is bland. The entire game is essentially about trying to spell out the longest possible word you can think of, because the more letters you use and the more complicated letters you use, the better your attack. The issue I ultimately have with this game is how it doesn’t really feel like you are learning anything. When I think about games like this, I always think that this game is meant for smaller children and that this would be a fun way to teach them how to spell or type. This certainly isn’t for typing considering I played it on the PS4, but this isn’t for spelling either. It isn’t about how to spell, but how to think up the longest word you can possibly think of and hope that the pool of letters given will be able to spell out your long word. I don’t think this game is that fun, which is why I try to default to saying, “at least it’s about learning,” but this game isn’t really about that either. It’s not a bad game, but for me personally, it’s not a fun one either. In essence, this game is like single player Scrabble: it’s about as fun as single player Scrabble sounds.

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The Free

Scrabble is a great segway into my third segment. What does a board game have to do with my wildcard segment of this blog? The answer isn’t in the board game, but in a website for the board game.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, the correlation with the board game is that I used a Scrabble word creator to cheat my way through the game. Letter Quest gave me a pool of letters to use, I input the letters into the website, and out pops a large list of words I can use. I then chose the largest word I could make, which allowed me to cruise my way through the game.

So, why tell you this when this is something I shouldn’t probably tell you? Because cheating turned out to be more fun than normally playing the game. I can’t tell you why or how, but me spending the time to input letters then output a word you have never heard of before made a better experience for me. Maybe the idea of doing the work makes me feel cooler; maybe knowing that I am going through the game much faster made me happier. I can’t tell you why I enjoyed this so much, but I did.

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In Conclusion

In conclusion, I think Letter Quest Remastered is an okay game. It offers a unique take on the sub-genre, but the sub-genre this game inhabits is something I find to be rather boring. I never really felt like I got anything out of it, and I even found cheating to be a better experience. Still, I think if you are into games like Scrabble, then this one may tickle your fancy. Despite the pretty low price of the game, I am still going to put this game at only being worth playing for free. Fortunately, the game is free on mobile if you really want to play it; and as Wyatt Cheng from Blizzcon 2018 once said, “You guys not have phones?”