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DLC Quest is a 2D platformer that mocks the use of DLC (downloadable content) for commercial games as a barrier to access a full game experience. The player has to rescue a princess that has been kidnapped by a bad guy. At the start of the game however, many features are missing, such as sound, animation, or the ability to jump or move left. After collecting a number of coins these can be exchanged at a shopkeeper to buy DLC with the in-game currency.

DLC contains useful features such as double jumping, fighting or traversing to a different area, but also cosmetic changes such as very expensive armour for your horse (a nod to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion), DLC that adds zombies as harmless characters, a fancy outfit, a top hat, and even the ability to pause the game. Other contemporary game trends such as grinding for progress are also mocked through "Time is Money" DLC, there is the characteristic swirl animation of enemy encounters in Final Fantasy games, filler NPCs, NPCs nagging with quests, and a DLC pack to unlock an alternate "real" ending to the game. Not all packs are available right away. They become available after triggering them at a location or by discovering treasures. Ultimately the character is able to wield a sword and a gun. There are also a number of in-game achievements.


DLC Quest Windows Live Freemium or Die: The game now has sharp spikes and checkpoints
DLC Quest Windows My horse has some shiny armour now.
DLC Quest Windows Live Freemium or Die: Title screen
DLC Quest Windows Live Freemium or Die: Before you can start helping the villagers you need to purchase the Incredibly Important Pack for the mayor

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User Reviews

No DLC can improve this game. Windows Asinine (1006)

Critic Reviews Windows Dec 09, 2013 16 out of 20 80 Macintosh Dec 09, 2013 16 out of 20 80
Christ Centered Gamer / Christ Centered Game Reviews Macintosh Nov 19, 2015 80 out of 100 80
Destructoid Windows Mar 30, 2013 7.5 out of 10 75
Absolute Games ( Windows Jun 04, 2013 65 out of 100 65
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Apr 26, 2013 Unscored Unscored


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As of Mar. 18, 2013, if you download the Mac or Windows version of DLC Quest, you get the expansion, DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die. You must purchase this separately for Xbox 360. If you have already purchased the Mac or Windows version, just redownload it from where you bought it to get the newest content.

Related Web Sites

  • DLC Quest (project page on the developer's website)
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