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Avatar ImageIndie Spotlight Review: CozyQuest
By: | June 12th, 2009 | iPhone
Iphone |Review

CozyQuestIn a previous edition of Read, Download, Play, we reviewed the now widely popular iPhone MMO Epic Pet Wars. Since it’s release, another MMO has taken up arms and tried to compete with this now mammoth sized app’s install base.

The question is, does CozyQuest stand a chance?


The answer in short is yes.. but after a while. CozyQuest on the surface seems to be your typical browser based MMO: create a class, set your attributes and grind grind grind! CozyQuest‘s range of character classes and combinations will have some stumped at the login screen for quite some time. Upon entering the ‘’Fair City Of Felrona” it can be quite daunting, deciding where to go and what to do first from a huge range of activities.

From alchemists, auction houses, and the ability to travel to other cities, the games tutorial could have been a little more obvious to find. The interface is a little clunky with the lack of a ‘back’ button which would streamline the experience greatly. Thankfully, when players eventually do figure out the quest system leveling up (although is a long process) it is surprisingly very interesting and fun to do, something which lacks in many other games in the genre.

Players level up by doing quests for people in town, usually shop merchants or soldiers. These tasks can range from berry hunting to grave robbing. Completing these tasks involves a new location opening up on the hometown and your character trekking on down to some familiar pages of text. Actually completing the quests isn’t exactly the most exciting thing in the world, and simply clicking ‘continue” over and over isn’t the most engaging prospect,  but its kept slightly interesting with tests along the way.

For example, quotes like “you fall and trip on some stones and scrape your knees, -1 agility for 5 turns” along with some very nice artwork (the cannibals in particular) all look great and breathe a bit of life into this generally mundane mechanic.

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The community features of CozyQuest are also a really nice feature. Community notice boards keep players updated with the latest from developer Nils Munch, and there’s also a live chat board, clans, PVP battles, and auction house interaction to make the world of CozyQuest feel robust and lively. The massive world map gives room for countless abilities for downloadable content to be added in the future. Although the leveling is quite lengthy, it adds depth and meaning to all your interactions.

Protip from the Editor: Turn the game music on via the settings on your device, it’s amazing.

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Browser based MMO’s all seem to blend into one another after a while, CozyQuest does a great job of implementing features which are lacking in other similar apps. Although the learning curve may turn off some players, CozyQuest is definitely worth sticking with.

8.5/10

  1. I can’t wait for that day in the horizon that I buy an iPhone. These games seem like great time wasters.

  2. Nice review! I got an iPod touch last fall but was more into the music (and portable youtube!) than a lot of the apps. I’m addicted to the app store now, however, and I will probably check this out. I can’t believe I didn’t see this before.

  3. avatar Nils Munch

    Thank you for the lovely review :D

    I hope that in the coming weeks there will be even more to write about (and your right with the back-button, but its really challenging to make a interface that suits both newcomers and hardcore veterans…)

    • avatar Alberto

      Thanks Ryan. Forge is by far the coolest prjceot I have worked on thus far. There is a great mix of industry veterans working with us younger, talented and ambitious folk. For example, the person sitting next to me who I have been working with, has been making video games for the last 28 years. That’s before I was born! It blows my mind some times He’s worked on a shit ton of games and a number of the ones I used to play when I was much younger, such as Command and Conquer and Red Alert. I really look forward to the release later this year, so that I can start playing the game with the community and then expand on it and make it much, much more awesome.

  4. avatar Brother Francis

    If you’re a fan of RPGs, you’ll definitely want to check out CozyQuest. As Nils, the lead CQ developer, mentions above, even more features are being added to the game.

    Best of all though is the community of people that have been drawn to CQ. Many of us often spend more time at The Salty Siren (the in-game chat room) than grinding away for the next level.

    Lastly, you may be interested in knowing about a new CozyQuest fan site that a number of CQ players are working on.

    http://www.toranempire.com

    The site offers forums, a chat room, and a CozyQuest wiki that any CQ player can help edit. We’re also working on some new player guides to help the newbies get acquainted with the land of Eluna as well as meet a few helpful CQ players. Hope to see you there!

  5. avatar Lillo

    Is the PVP any good?

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