Synopsis Quest Deluxe
Children of the Playstation generation, do not adjust your monitor; what you are seeing is a slice of the past, when graphics were simpler, blockier, and NESier. The last "traditional" RPG of this sort I can actually remember playing and enjoying was on the SNES (gesundheit!), so this is a bit of a throwback even for me. It seems like there's no quicker way to get adulation these days than to slap a retro visual package onscreen, but Synopsis Quest's shining star actually comes from its desire to poke fun at its source material. Everything from ransacking conveniently placed pots to one-liner NPCs who have nothing better to do but walk in place all day waiting for your heroic bottom to saunter through and bring a brief thrill into their otherwise empty lives. See, you're making the world a better place already! I knew you had it in you. Now go and fetch me ten rat tails. Chop chop, there's a good Chosen One.
The game's biggest source of irritation is actually its sticky, clunky controls which makes otherwise simple stages more annoying than they would typically be. I get that it was originally made for mobile phones, but when porting something from one device to another, you should take the time to make sure it performs equally well on both or you leave yourself open to criticism. Synopsis Quest Deluxe is far from unplayable, but it isn't exactly streamlined either. Still, for a small package of gameplay, Synopsis Quest Deluxe is funny and charming; certainly worth a look for any of us who were burned by a Fire spell in our youth because we forgot to bring an extra Phoenix Down to the battle.