Freeware Garden: Comedy Quest

Enjoying some fine comedy. Thank you for asking sir!

If it weren’t for the obviously spoileriffic title, I’d have loved to present you with a riddle. A riddle that’d probably go a bit like this: “What looks like an early Sierra adventure, plays like a late Sierra adventure, smells a bit of Lucasarts and does stand up comedy?” I am certain that nobody would have cried “Comedy Quest!” to that and that’d be sad. Hence, this post’s title and, frankly, this very post itself.

Now, you see, you know.

You may even have guessed that Comedy Quest is a freeware, AGS-powered adventure with game a traditional interface and you’d be absolutely right. It is. It is also a game about being an aspiring standup comedian trying to make it big(-ish), and thus light-hearted, inoffensively offensive and, twice, downright funny. By being of a humorous nature, Comedy Quest also manages to ensure its typically paranoid puzzles do not feel out of place; not that they are nonsensical or demand demented applications of lateral thinking. Far from it, but they do follow that strange adventure game logic.

It's a glamorous life, it is.

All the puzzles are easy and feel integral to the whimsical plot. What’s especially interesting is how you (well, in-game-you) collect and tell jokes, and how intuitive, clever and correct that process feels. It’s something both seasoned adventurers and genre detractors will appreciate.

Also, I must admit I love its graphics. They are old-fashioned, yet also colourful and charming in an albeit garish way, consistently out of proportion, and with too-wrong a perspective to have ever made it into any point-and-clicker of the classic era. I like that. When coupled with the emphatically unprofessional but superbly appropriate voice over (possibly recorded in a cupboard), Comedy Quest sounds and looks exactly like the games I imagined would appear after reading the scratchware manifesto.

Rather surprisingly it’s a big game too, at least by freeware standards. Then again, you don’t get to become a modestly successful comedian by working a single club.


  1. LaytonsTopHat says:

    Are the jokes better than link to ?

  2. twaitsfan says:

    Wow – for a second there I thought that was a screenshot from Police Quest when they throw the party for their buddy…

  3. mpOzelot says:

    Lovely intro for a lovely game. <3
    Awesome to read about Cheap-Ass games in the manifesto, I have Unexploded Cow from them and had a lot of fun playing it casually with friends.

  4. caff says:

    Right, firstly, as a UK subscriber to RPS (yes they exist) I love this new freeware column. I would never find stuff like this without this column because I am too lazy. But I wish it were published a bit later in the day, because it seems to drift down to the bottom by the time I get home to try them out.

    Regarding Comedy Quest, what a nice little game. It’s very old skool and deserves a try by anyone who has fond memories of the old Sierra gen games. Sadly, this title decided to crash on me when I was touching my pussy (ooer) in the apartment so I lost the first 30 mins of gameplay.

    But this is freeware, so I forgive it, I’ll have another go, and I’ll probably make a donation, because the people behind this are giving their efforts away for free. And the voiceover is better and more engaging than many triple-A offerings.

  5. xfrog says:

    It reminds me of Larry II or III where he went to a stand up comedy bar. I will check it out!

  6. Assaf says:

    Sounds awesome! Will play it in a few days, after a big test.

  7. gwz says:

    Wow, I still remember some of the Stand-up lines in Larry 3. “Whats the worst thing with being an atheist? You have no one to talk to when you’re having an orgasm” *Budum-pow*