Forget the gameplay; it’s all about the customisation and stuff
Custom Is King
Considering the kind of critical acclaim that Seth Macfarlane’s breakout comedy hit is used to, most of the Family Guy games to date haven’t all been quite so well received. Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff most certainly isn’t the first game to bring the series to mobile devices, and it most likely won’t be the last, but reviews from various sources have been at best a mixed bag. This review is going to take a look at the game, and to some extent has no choice but to agree with the critics, but this review’s focus is geared more towards what CharacterCreator.net is all about: customisation. Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff has a multitude of themes, but the character customisation features are what we are interested in most during this review. Continue Reading
Release Date: 10/04/2014
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows
The Road to Modification
Before heading down the path of The Quest for Stuff’s gameplay, I’m more interested in the character customisation that the game has to offer. Firstly, the gameplay doesn’t just involve controlling one character, but rather a multitude of Family Guy characters. Starting with Peter Griffin, you go on to unlock Bonnie, Chris, Joe Swanson, Lois, and many more. But the game’s customisation aspects go a little further than simply offering new characters to level up.
Once you have played the tutorial quests, you can then go about unlocking more of the game’s districts, which in turn allow you to unlock more characters. The most pivotal district in terms of avatar customisation however is District 3, which contains the shopping centre and also the shop that lets you customise the characters. Though there are more districts to unlock which also allow you to unlock more outfits and looks for the various characters, it is District 3 that opens up a large number of options to you in the initial phases of the game.
Now, the content itself is quite varied and is also being added to on a regular basis in the form of frequent updates. There are too many avatars in the game to list them individually here, but you’ve got variations on Peter that include Mermaid Peter and Pee Pants the Inebriated Clown, S & M Lois, Speedo and Bathrobe Quagmire, Goth Chris, and Cop Joe.
The above avatars can all be unlocked, but they also require various items or “stuff” to be in your possession in order for you to unlock them. For example, unlocking Pirate Peter requires that you have the following stuff: a treasure map, a feather, and a sword. This stuff can be acquired through various means and can often depend on the level your character is as well as the districts that you have unlocked and the quests you have completed/have yet to complete.
The Wider Experience
Now, the customisation above is just one branch on what is effectively the tree that makes up the TinyCo’s game. The game itself is quest-based, with experience points earned for performing various tasks. The ultimate goal is really just to acquire the “stuff” in the game, though structure is given to the game in the form of unlocking various districts.
As you play the game, complete quests, build buildings, and unlock more characters, you are able to earn more coins and occasionally the game’s premium currency (clams). Some of the game’s interface is modelled after Facebook, with the game’s version of the social network being called “FaceSpace”, which offers a way of keeping track of all your character’s attributes such as their level and whether they have been unlocked yet.
As far as the game goes, it isn’t the best on any of the app stores out there. It’s pretty similar to The Simpsons: Tapped Out with its freemium approach. It’s really just an exercise in getting you to spend real money on premium currency in lieu of grinding for minutes, hours, and often days to get the things you want. The customisation of the various characters is really the only thing to hold on for here, otherwise you could just be playing any other freemium game.
Family Guy The Quest for Stuff is developed by TinyCo.