Pants Quest Review – Dude where’s my pants?
Pants Quest is a point and click adventure game by Ghost Cat Games. The game follows the struggle of a man trying to find his pants and maybe even put his life in order while he’s at it. It’s a classic-style adventure title and something that can be completed in a few sessions. In our Pants Quest Review, we take a look at how well this quest is progressing.
history and writing
Pants Quest has a fairly simple setup. You wake up and need to get ready to start your day but can’t find your pants. Your goal as a player is to find your pants so you can finally do what you have to do. The game takes on the task of finding your pants and creates a whole narrative around it. It’s pretty funny, awkward, and kind of awkward at times. It’s an introspective look at procrastination and feeling “stuck,” and allows our character to convey some fairly realistic emotions through comedic writing.
Although the game isn’t that long, it manages to capture the fear of someone dealing with very human issues in a very respectful and accurate way. The main character will comment on their surroundings quite often. At certain times you can almost feel a sense of frustration when writing when they don’t want to interact with something. The simple routine of getting ready and starting the day can often be quite difficult, and that’s what Pants Quest is all about.
Gameplay and controls
If you’ve been playing point-and-click adventures for a while, you’ll fit right in. You move with your mouse and interact with practically everything in the environment. Simple puzzle solving involves combining items to create a story-advancing result. It sounds simple enough, and it is, but there are a few design issues that make it a bit boring.
For starters, you have four ways to interact with an item. You can view it, pick it up, “use” it, or open/close it. By default, the click does nothing, and you must first click a button or hotkey to ensure you’ve selected the action. That might not sound too bad, but deciding when to “use” or select something can be quite annoying. Most modern point-and-click style games have the interaction option mapped to the mouse anyway, or at least you’re given a drop-down option. Having to constantly select these interaction modes from the bottom left menu can really kill the pace, especially when the task at hand seems fairly simple.
There are some easy puzzles that also involve interacting with various objects. These are pretty simple, like interacting with a toaster to make sure it doesn’t burn your toast, or interacting with the electrical unit.
Sometimes you will be a little lost on which objects to combine, but some trial and error will get you there. Some of these interactions are a little clever, but most of it is the usual stuff you’ll see in other point-and-click titles. If you’re a fan of the genre, you’ll probably have a good time figuring out what goes with what. However, you must be patient because there is always only one solution to a problem.
The short length really helps though and despite the tedium it wraps up pretty well. Towards the end there are some interesting sections that add variety to the gameplay.
Picture and sound
The graphics are a highlight of our Pants Quest review, and it’s clear that a lot of effort has gone into this aspect. Each room feels very detailed, with carefully placed items scattered throughout. Almost every single item has a description, and there are some dialogs associated with it. I enjoyed the natural feel of everything and it made sense how you would realistically interact with them.
To check your email, you first had to turn on the PC that lit your monitors, and then there was a whole interface for it. Objects in your kitchen are distinctive and the pixel art is beautiful. There’s also tons of animation and gives everything a mechanical feel, which really helps with immersion.
Did I mention there is a cat? Because there is, and it’s beautifully animated.
However, the audio design is a bit disappointing as one would expect the various sound effects to be treated with the same care as the visual elements. Most of the interactive objects don’t have unique sound effects, which is a bit of a shame.
Pants Quest tells a pretty honest story about fear, procrastination, and feeling stuck in your life. It suffers due to some tedium when it comes to gameplay but manages to offer a rewarding experience without exceeding its welcome. The pixel art is beautiful and there’s a lot to like when it comes to interacting with the environment.
While you’re here, be sure to check out our other recent reviews, such as Nobody Saves the World and Solar Ash.
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This review is based on the PC version of Pants Quest. The key was provided by Future Friends Games.