Last Updated on March 8, 2023
In case you missed it (we did) A Pig Quest is a fun and amusing new game available for the Commodore 64. Released by Protovision and developed by the Piggy 18 Team (say it aloud), A Pig Quest boasts all the best elements of a C64 game – but in one game.
Featuring a pig called Frank Further who lives in Porkville, A Pig Quest racked up an astonishing 1500 sales in its first week of release. Of that number, 300 were physical versions – the game is available on physical cartridge as well as digital CRT format. A Pig Quest also supports the Commodore 64 GS, an enhanced C128 mode, and dual fire buttons.
Here’s some background to the game:
My name is Frank Further. Further… It’s kind of ironic, come to think of it, as I’ve never left my village. Neither had my dad and his dad before him. It’s the same for everyone in our land since our four statues of wellness were stolen one night moons ago. Everyone seems to be cursed with numbness, immobility and indifference. Adventure, curiosity, audacity and courage are words that have disappeared from our vocabulary.
I was born in Porkville and, as sure as the gods made little green apples, I know I’m going to die in Porkville. Without ever leaving the valley. Oh, don’t get me wrong. It’s a nice and pleasant lowland with green pastures, fruit trees, wild mushrooms, flowers and a beautiful little pond.
The only thing that disturbs the peace of this little haven are the mosquitoes and the fireflies. I hate these stupid insects and I sometimes chase them. I have to be thankful to them though as it is during one of my mundane bug hunts that I stumbled upon the entrance to a cave… Could this be my quest? A pig quest?
A Pig Quest features:
- Non-linear gameplay
- Beautifully animated bitmap background and enemies
- 200 screens across 5 worlds
- 100% non-tiled bitmap mode, allowing for more graphical variation
- Weapons and armour system
- Dynamic environment & weather
- More pigs than dragons
- A dazzling 30+ situational SID tunes
- A lot of pigs, actually
- Cinematic cutscenes
- Secret areas
- Cartridge only (1MB)
- Fully PAL/NTSC and GS compatible
- 2Mhz mode support on C128
- Protopad support
It looks amazing, and A Pig Quest has been getting rave reviews. The sales figures already make it one of the best selling C64 games of the past 25 years!
Behind the game are Antonio Savona (code), Mauricet (GFX and concept), and Aldo Chiummo and Gaetano Giummo (music and SFX).
To find out more about A Pig Quest and buy your copy of this instant classic C64 game, head to the Protovision website.
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