Warhammer Quest (PC) Review

By André Eriksson 31.12.2014 1

Review for Warhammer Quest on PC

The Warhammer universe comes in tabletop RPG format for PC. An interesting concept that reeks of promise, if done right, but, sadly, some issues prevents it from fulfilling that promise. Warhammer has a long tradition and a big universe to collect lore from, so when its tabletop RPG Warhammer Quest takes its steps out into the world of PC, the expectations are high.

Warhammer Quest starts off as might be expected - a raw dungeon crawling RPG with focus on the strategic aspects of the genre. Expected, but good. There is not much story, which might be a weakness for RPGs, but to be honest, a Warhammer game is bought mostly for the strategy aspects, and in that department Warhammer Quest delivers.

The game begins with a tutorial that guides through the various aspects and mechanisms of the game at a slow-but-steady pace, making sure nothing of importance is missed before starting off for real. Right from the start there is a lot of DLC available to get to expand upon the experience, everything from new classes to extra weapons.

Screenshot for Warhammer Quest on PC

Warhammer Quest offers great amount of content mixed in with impressive DLC. The four base classes are good and make for a balanced party that easily able to fend for themselves. There is never a need to get the DLC to enjoy the experience but at least it is still there for anyone that wants it. The DLC classes are good but niche - nothing needed to complete anything, but adds decent flavour, which is a great way to use DLC to expand on the base world offered in true tabletop spirit. There are also additional dungeon packs that come with new enemies and weapon packs with additional weapons.

The gameplay itself is very balanced and enjoyable. The dungeon crawling aspect is very strongly represented, yet as it is a tabletop RPG, decisions hardly matter for much, only deciding how much reward the player is given. This is a problem that the "dungeon of the week" approach in the story gives to the story, preventing any consistency and personalisation, which is one of the charms of tabletop RPGs - however, not too serious, as it is expected from the game.

Screenshot for Warhammer Quest on PC

There is one issue with Warhammer Quest, though, considering it's supposed to feel like a tabletop game. The player does not "roll" their characters. The characters come with predetermined names and looks. Character customisation is an important aspect of tabletop RPGs and one that should have been touched upon more.

While the gameplay is fun, there are some problems experienced along the way, such as several occasions where the game freezes up. At times when enemies try to perform attacks during certain circumstances, nothing happens and the game enters a locked phase, forcing a reset. Luckily this problem is mitigated by the frequent save points, so a lot of data will not be lost, but later on it happens way too often to be overlooked.

Screenshot for Warhammer Quest on PC

This is one severe flaw out of many, unfortunately. There are times when menus do not load correctly, also forcing a reset. Warhammer Quest currently suffers a lot from severe game breaking bugs that prevent the game from flowing as it should. It is annoying having to reset ten times in a row until understanding what enemy causes the issue and then having to maybe reset the dungeon as the only way to prevent that is to kill the enemy, which at times is impossible due to a lack of firepower, for some reason. This ruins what would otherwise have been a great game.

Until the technical errors are fixed Warhammer Quest is a simply mediocre title. The game breaking issues are there, but the gameplay still makes it somewhat enjoyable. After resetting for the tenth time in less than one hour, though, the magic disappears and the foul scent of failure makes itself apparent. The fact that this only gets worse and worse later on makes it a very unpleasant experience to continue on with.

Screenshot for Warhammer Quest on PC

Cubed3 Rating

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Average

A potentially great game hindered by severe issues. Warhammer Quest is still a very fun and promising game…when it works. Sadly, too often it doesn't. The gameplay is great and the classes are fun and varied, but that does not help much when the game can freeze up at any point. Forgiveness is given due to the very generous auto saving that prevents this from completely destroying things, but after resetting Warhammer Quest for the 10th time in a very short period due to weird bugs, it does get very annoying. If the bugs get fixed, this will be a great title for any tabletop fan, but in its current state it is not a title Cubed3 strongly recommends, unless there is a severe craving for a tabletop dungeon crawler and the local DM has gotten really bad 'flu. Otherwise, the recommendation is to wait and see if the bugs in Warhammer Quest get fixed.

Developer

Rodeo Games

Publisher

Chilled Mouse

Genre

Strategy

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  5/10

Reader Score

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Comments


It'll be bad because it's an iOS game... I'm pretty sure I picked this up on my Iphone 4S last year. It's decent but the grind... =/

I'll admit I'm a bit frustrated with how many of these ports are happening as they aren't good at all.

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