On the 26th March I was taken to Paris to get hands on with The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, a new free to play created by Ubisoft Montreal.
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a castle defence/dungeon (or in this case, Castle) crawler with these two different gameplay modes running fluidly alongside each other. Players will start off with a basic castle, and as they are able to loot other castles successfully, will be able to improve their castle. The challenge comes when you have to decide between upgrading your castle or upgrading your character, whilst it is beneficial to upgrade your character to make looting castles easier your castles defence is also of high importance as people will be able to steal your loot! The game has a Medieval theme to it with tongue in cheek humour which will appeal to both a younger audience and adults alike.
When playing the game I focused mainly on the attack mode, due to this being where most of the action takes place. The attack mode is fun and the castles are really well thought out, with a mix of Ubisoft’s castles and custom made castles by the community you will always have a different experience when trying to get hold of loot. The variety of enemies you face feels right, as you go through the higher levels you will meet enemies which will be much stronger to match your new skills.
Enemy placement is also well thought out with castles having ‘defence zones’, these are areas within the castle which a player can spawn/place enemies. Due to there being a limit on how many enemies can be placed you will never find an impossible to complete castle, Ubisoft have made sure of this with the feature. Traps you will find when looting castles seem easy to avoid, though as you go against tricky castles you will find that the traps can be used in ways you didn’t expect. For example Quentin Gallet (Executive Producer for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot) mentioned that a castle had no enemies just traps in the first few rooms, though as you got to the final room there were tons of enemies which caused you to run back… into the traps.
The timer is also something you’ll want to keep your eye on in attack mode. The pesky timer, when time is up, stops you from being able to steal the loot from the castle you are in – meaning you will have to get through the castle before the timer runs out – which can be tricky on well defended castles.
As I mentioned previously I did not play much of the defence mode, though what I did play was pretty solid. You are able to add in additional rooms to your castle as you level up and are able to place a variety of traps and enemies. One brilliant feature in the defence mode was the ability to replay attackers attempts or victories at looting your castle, as it allowed you to find where problems were so you could improve upon your castles defences.
For non-PC gamers, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot will be easy to pickup due to its easy to learn controls. PC gamers will easily pickup the controls in seconds as the game plays like many PC games these days.
Overall the game is looking pretty good, I couldn’t find fault with what I had seen other than the uselessness of the extra character available – the archer. Whilst he was interesting to play with the gameplay became a lot harder meaning that it was easier to stick as the default character. The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is currently in Alpha stages and is planning to go into Beta very soon. I would definitely recommend giving this game a try, Ubisoft Montreal have done a fantastic job at making an engaging and fun free to play game, if you don’t try it you are missing out on some serious fun!
Check out our interview with the developers here https://www.invisioncommunity.co.uk/review/the-mighty-quest-for-epic-loot-exclusive-interview/