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Home Quest Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Home Quest is a strategy game where you incrementally build a town, recruit an army and manage your economy. Like other idle games, it's a familiar set-up where you tap buttons to assign resources and then wait for the results. However, the unusual visuals reflect other novel aspects of the game, from establishing self-sustaining communities to collecting your enemies’ souls to further your development there are surprising and intriguing twists and turns in this game.

You wake up in an unknown place, not sure if the land is friendly or hostile. You make a start by growing a settlement, attracting people with housing and farms. Soon you have workplaces, military facilities, and granaries.

As you progress you can build an army to eliminate threats. Gameplay evolves to enable you to select the right units to fight your enemies and expand your reach. At the same time, you must balance your resources, assign workers, and fine-tune your production chains. From there you can expand your settlements to acquire rare resources.

The result is a game that offers a simple yet deep story about the inhabitants of a foreign land. As you work with a tribe of mythical shamans, go through hardships and discover surprises there's more to this than meets the eye.

Home Quest Chapter 2 is in the works which will add a new adventure, characters and economy as well as upgrades to the options and complexity of battles.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/09/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Code Stream de (@CodeStream_de)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete. The game plays in the background, and you are likely to finish in a couple of weeks.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. There is a free and paid version of the game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Although there aren't difficulty settings the nature of the game is that it's low pressure as you have to wait for things to happen. The Log offers tips on what to do next if you are stuck. You can't actually fail the game, although it will take longer to play if you keep losing battles.

The game has some quite small text on smartphone screens. Also the main menus are really low contrast before you have selected one of them which make them harder to see.

Works well with VoiceOver, although there are some quirks to note. As you navigate with VoiceOver, be aware that there are subsections to further explore. For example, when you open up the army, there are sub-sections for Tanks, Damage Troops, Support Troops, and heroes. Different units can be found under each of these headers. However, most of the headers, units, and buildings are locked behind “Question Mark” at the start of the game.

When you gain access to settlements, you can access the new village at the top of the screen. Find the words “Active Village.” Swipe right and you will find a icon. This will lead you to the other available settlements. These sites have alternative resources that can be collected to further your expansion.

Some helpful tips, from Aaron Spelker, to aid progression are:
  • It's important to read the Log because it provides you insights into your next goal.
  • Keep fighting monsters under the World tab. Eventually, winning these battles will unlock new units, buildings, and settlements.
  • Build storage warehouses whenever you can and across all of your settlements. The game can stall if you do not have enough storage space for the materials to build the next building type.
  • I recommend entering a battle with at least 50% more troops than the enemy.
  • Don’t forget to harvest the material from the Soul Well. The Soul Well is filled by defeating your enemies in battle and collecting their souls.
  • When you unlock a better unit, disband the lower unit to make room for the better unit. This is accomplished under the “World” tab by selecting “Send Troops to Valhalla”

Throughout the game, The developer obviously spent time constructing a way to audibly communicate the resource collection and battle progression. Hopefully, The developer will continue to add to the gameplay and lengthen the overall experience.
 
Our Home Quest Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:

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