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Fester's Quest

aka: Uncle Fester's Quest: The Addams Family

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VideoGame ( )

Fester's Quest Ă© um divertido game com a famosa FamĂ­lia Adams, da sĂ©rie de desenhos animados da TV. Nesta aventura, vocĂȘ deve ajudar o Tio Chico a expulsar invasores alienĂ­genas que sequestraram seu sobrinho, Gomes Adams. MortĂ­cia, Tropeço, MĂŁozinha e outros membros desta "horrĂ­vel" famĂ­lia aparecerĂŁo durante a aventura, dando dicas ee itens valiosos para Tio Chico cumprir seu objetivo. SĂŁo ao todo cinco fases, e a luta final Ă© dentro do disco voador, onde estĂĄ o Ășltimo alien. Cada inimigo vencido faz aparecer uma parte do disco, e sĂł serĂĄ possĂ­vel enfrentar o chefĂŁo quando ele estiver completo.

Aug 1991 · NES · read review

Joystick (French) (70 out of 100)

Bref, tous les ingrĂ©dients du parfait jeu d'action sont ici rĂ©unis. Cependant la rĂ©alisation de Fester's Quest n'est pas parfaite. En effet, le scrolling et la vitesse des diffĂ©rents protagonistes de cette aventure est lent, ce qui nuit Ă©normĂ©ment Ă  une bonne jouabilitĂ©. En mettant de cĂŽtĂ© ce point important de notre discours, Fester's Quest est un jeu cohĂ©rent qui pourrait intĂ©resser certains, si il Ă©tait un plus rapide dans sa mise en Ɠuvre.

Sep 1990 · NES · read review

Player One (70 out of 100)

On en oublierait presque la lenteur du jeu, et ses assemblages hĂ©tĂ©roclites. Bref, un jeu original, rigolo, mais peut-ĂȘtre un peu court et parfois trop lent. Surtout conseillĂ© aux fans de la sĂ©rie.

Oct 1990 · NES

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library ( )

This is certainly not the best looking title on the NES, but the music is excellent and the opening theme is addictive. This is a fun and challenging adventure that will offer a sense of accomplishment for some players, and an intense frustration for others.

2016 · NES

Quebec Gamers (6.9 out of 10)

Un jeu trÚs prometteur à la base créé par ceux qui nous avaient donné Blaster Master. Mais ruiné en partie par sa linéarité et sa pauvre conception de niveaux (level design).

Aug 21st, 2006 · NES · read review

Amstar (13 out of 20)

Fester's Quest fait partie des jeux que vous pouvez classer dans la bonne moyenne. MĂȘme s'il n'a rien de trĂšs original et s'il ne rĂ©vĂšle pas une action trĂšs palpitante, sa rĂ©alisation est correcte.

Dec 1990 · NES · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (56 out of 100)

Admittedly, this is one of the cheaper Nintendo carts, but you'd be better off saving your money until nearer Christmas, when here are some really great Sunsoft titles coming out.

Nov 1990 · NES · read review

Classic-games.net (5 out of 10)

I wanted to like Fester’s Quest. In some respects I actually do like it. But not enough to ever recommend it to anyone. You would have to overlook too many crippling flaws to appreciate its good points. At that point you’re better off playing another game.

Jul 9th, 2018 · NES · read review

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) (20 out of 40)

There's not a lot of action in Fester's Quest. You basically run around, trying to find certain items and only stopping to fight a couple of Boss characters along the way. It's a slow game that doesn't have much action or adventure and is unbalanced with Boss creatures that are too fast for the slow pace.

Jul 1989 · NES

Retro Game Reviews ( )

Fester's Quest is a classic example of how not to design a game from a level design, combat and gameplay perspective. It milks a single idea for all it's worth, and the lack of care put into the whole package highlights a lazy, poorly developed title that's surprising for a Sunsoft release.

Sep 20th, 2016 · NES · read review

Wizard Dojo (2 out of 10)

Fester’s Quest is a game that’s as bad as its concept is baffling.

Feb 6th, 2017 · NES · read review

Total!! UK Magazine (14 out of 100)

Steer clear if you can. If not, tough luck – you're on your own.

Oct 1993 · NES

Nintendo Life ( )

Fester's Quest is bad – it could be one of the most horrible games for the NES. Which, in a way, is fitting. If the Addams Family themselves were to play a video game, they may have chosen this one. A group of people that enjoys being tortured and blown up may just enjoy it. It’s almost as if this is a working prop for the show – Wednesday’s favourite video game that is impossible to play and no fun at all. This is one for the history books. The boring, repetitive, uninspired, franchise-destroying history books.

Oct 29th, 2010 · NES · read review

Questicle.net (F)

Try to find the good in everything, I implore you. You’ll be a lot happier person at the end of the day if you make that your goal. However, for the sake of your happiness and the goodness you believe to be in other people, do not go near Fester’s Quest.

Dec 2011 · NES · read review

Player Reviews

A strange game that has the capacity to be difficult and irritating
by Feem (44)

The Good
Getting different guns is fun and it has puzzle elements to its gameplay that make it interesting.

The Bad
I always thought it was too difficult as a little kid as it had a steep learning curve. Looking back on it, the bad part was the pace of game play. You can only move at a walking speed with Fester, and when fast things come at you, its really really irritating. The gameplay was always too frustrating for me to fully warm up to this game.

The Bottom Line
You are uncle Fester with a gun and you shoot these weird frogs, blobs, and beehives. You go into sewers and you have to figure out when to use what items. It's like an uncaptivating zelda game almost.

Feb 18th, 2004 · NES

Addams Family Meets Blaster Master
by ETJB (479)

The Good
The classic television series was given life for a new generation of fans through this game! This was before the 1990's feature films and other efforts to adapt the Addams Family for a more modern audience. Fester's Quest is a huge game that mixes science fiction themed arcade action with role playing elements. For the most part the combination works and this game features some great 8-bit graphics, music, and sound effects.

The Bad
The basic game engine will remind you of Blaster Master, which may or may not matter, depending on how familiar you are with Blaster Master. Minor enemies (let alone bosses) are sometimes difficult to hit and almost always re-spawn. Fester moves painfully slow and can only take a few direct hits before its game over. The game has no extra lives, continues or passwords. You need to beat the entire game in one setting or start all over. It is also fairly easy to get lost in the game, so be prepared to not only repeat the game from scratch often, but also create some pretty detailed outside and indoor maps.

The Bottom Line
Fester's Quest borrows many of the basic features of "Blaster Masters", especially the overhead shooting elements and mixed in some role playing elements. The result seems to work and is even fun, but the game is probably too hard for all but the most patient of gamer.

Mar 1st, 2010 · NES

Uncle Fester's 8bit Adventure
by Shamal Jifan (21)

The Good
Fester's Quest (1989) offers up some cool, 8-bit graphics, animation sequences, music and sound effects. The visual and audio effects may not impress a modern gamer, but they were impressive to a kid back in 1989.

The fact that the game looks and sounds as good as it does, is quite impressive for a NES game based on a television sitcom from the 1960s.

This game came out before the Addams Family (1991) film helped to renew interest in the franchise. Few kids had seen much of the original series, much less the 1977 reunion episode. Yet, the designers of the game took the time to really capture the look and feel of the Addams Family world, albeit 8-bit style.

The player takes control of Uncle Fester as he walks around the city, killing aliens, adding items to his inventory, explore homes and locating members of his famous family.

You begin the game with a weak blaster weapon, but (not unlike Contra) when you kill off enemies, they will sometimes leave behind some nice weapon's upgrades.

Success in the game requires mastery of your thumbs as well as your brain. In addition to the army of aliens (including several big bosses), you are going to have to hone in your RPG skills as well.

Fester's Quest offers a pretty big world for you to explore -- on foot --, so be prepared to draw up some maps. Whenever you enter a building the format of the game shifts over to something akin to a 3D, Dungeon Crawl format.

The Bad
Uncle Fester moves slowly in the game, and sometimes will walk even slower, when he gets hit by certain enemies. Most of the enemies in the game are much faster and more agile then you are.

All of the enemies will re-spawn if you even think about walking off-screen. This means that you will likely find yourself trying, in vain, to avoid taking damage from an endless army of aliens. Before you even get close to the first boss in the game, be prepared to die often.

Uncle Fester can withstand two hits before dying. Fester's Quest does not have extra lives or a password feature. The lack of a password feature is especially troublesome, given the RPG elements in the game.

You can buy hotdogs to restore your hits points, but the opportunities to do this are few and far between. Most of the time, death will come quickly and often in the game.

Festers Quest will allow you "Continue" (keeping all of the weapons and upgrades you have collected), but only if you are willing to be taken back to the very first screen in the game. It is a long and slow walk forward for Uncle Fester!

Yes, their is a bug in the game that allows you to get hit three times before dying, but the player will still die often and be let with the horrible choice of beating the game in one sitting or starting from scratch.

Initially, Fester has a weak gun (it sort of looks like an old fashion car horn) that shoots in a straight line, but you can grab some weapon's upgrades that look nice, but oftentimes only make the game harder. Why?

This is because many of the upgrades shoot their projectiles in some sort of wavy or boomerang-style motion. While they are more powerful weapons, you quickly find them to be highly ineffective in a narrow sewer or up against say, a frog from outerspace.

Much later on in the game you can also acquire a whip, which is one of the more useful weapons in the game. Alas, it is something that you have to go without during much of the game.

The rest of the Addams Family has largely been reduced to brief (sometimes helpful) cameos in Festers Quest. Granted, this makes sense -- in light of the story -- but their were certainly times in the game where it might have been fun to play as one of the other family members.

Last, but not least, Fester's Quest lacks the humor found in the original Television series. Yes, the game's opening and ending sequences look nice, but their is little in the actual game itself that connects with what made the television series popular.

In the game, Uncle Fester uses light bulbs to see in the dark -- a nice reference to the series - However, most of the time the game never really attempts to be funny or connect with fans of the series.

The Bottom Line
Fester's Quest looks and sounds nice enough for a NES game made in 1989. It also comes with a high degree of difficulty, largely due to some poor game play mechanics, which may be a deal breaker for some people. If you are up for a challenge, then put the game into you NES, turn the power on and start signing, "They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They're all together ooky, The Addams Family."

Apr 17th, 2017 · NES

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Critic reviews added by chirinea, Alsy, SlyDante, RhYnoECfnW, Jo ST, Alaka, Mr Almond, Arejarn.