LGR – Quiz Quest – PC Game Review

LGR – Quiz Quest – PC Game Review


[typing] This is Quiz Quest, released in 1997 by Expert Software, and according to my sources,
it’s the little-known sequel to Chex Quest, the prequel to King’s Quest, and the spiritual successor to Titan Quest. Huh? Oh, well, I guess my sources are a pile of crap. This is just a random, standalone trivia game with one of the most lazily-made boxes I’ve ever seen. It’s like they stuck a question mark
on there as a placeholder image, but then decided, “Hey, it’s a game with questions.” “Why not just leave it?” Inside the box, you get the game on a compact disc, as well as a bland paper insert that
barely tells you how to start the thing. Fancy instruction manuals? Pfft, don’t be ridiculous! This is Expert Software! Quiz Quest begins with a logo that, uh… Wait, Microforum? I didn’t see their name anywhere on the box. Whaaat? Mind Grind? I thought this was Quiz Quest! I mean, it kind of is, but it’s kind of not. Ugh, so you see, what you need to understand about Expert Software is that they often bought the
rights to a piece of software that had outlived its initial shelf life and then rereleased it under
their own label at a cheaper price. Quiz Quest was originally a game
developed by Toronto-based Microforum, Inc., and released in 1996 under the name Mind Grind. Suffice to say, it eventually ended
up in Expert’s grubby paws, got a new name slapped on top and an uglier box, and that was that. The host in the game constantly
refers to it as Mind Grind, so just ignore that and pretend like nothing happened. Oh, yeah, and there’s a host because this was the mid-’90s, and that means copious portions of full-motion video. HOST:
Welcome… to Dirt. The site of this millennium’s Mind Grind. The first thing that you should realize is that here you’re nothing special. LGR:
So, for some reason in the year 2232, Earth is represented by this obnoxious FMV dude who thinks you’re stupid – “you” being an alien, of course – and you can choose the species you want
to inconsequentially play as at the start. As an alien, naturally you want to take over the planet, but in order to do so, you have to
answer a crapload of frivolous trivia. In doing so, you prove to what’s his face that you can possess the something or other – [stammers] I dunno, it doesn’t matter – and you can then rule the world. Mm-kay… Beyond the throwaway plot,
this is a collection of five mini-games with a heap of random trivia sandwiched in between. Each mini-game plays differently,
with things like wandering through mazes, flying through space, and climbing over a bunch of pillars. Each correctly-answered piece
of trivia will get you some points, and obviously you want a lot of those,
because that’s the point of points. Sometimes you get screwed by something
in the mini-games and lose points, and there’s also a timer which gives
you an incentive to answer quickly. Ideally, you’d play against another human, because while you can play solo, there’s really not much that compels you to do so. I say this because, honestly,
this game just isn’t very fun to me. For one thing, the host of this is incredibly off-putting, heckling and belittling you with the
same unfunny lines over and over. Next, the questions themselves are… pretty ridiculous. A few of them, like the observation and sound
effects-based questions, are pretty unique. But then you’ve got questions on obscure mythology, mid-20th Century factoids, arithmetic, outdated current affairs, and Canadian geography stuff that just ruins it for me. Third, the game doesn’t allow you to save your progress or even open a menu to pause, as fas as I can tell, which is pretty ridiculous, considering some of these mini-games took me
the better part of 45 minutes to get through. Now some of this can be fixed, like the annoying announcer
that you can disable at the start, and saving, which was added in a downloadable patch, but the overall game just rubs me the wrong way. I’m not a big fan of anything on offer. Not the humor, not the graphics, not the mini-games, not much except for some of
the compelling brain teasers. If I’m in the mood for a fun, quirky trivia game that berates me in a way that
makes me genuinely laugh at myself, I play You Don’t Know Jack. And in fact, that game had
already been out for over a year by the time Mind Grind/Quiz Quest was out, so the same would have been true back then too. Sorry to say, but this one just doesn’t work for me, and it’s no wonder it’s faded into total obscurity while other trivia games still thrive. HOST:
You are absolutely… WRONG! [electronic music] LGR:
Here’s a piece of trivia for you. Did you like this video? Well, then you might like some others. Okay, that’s terrible trivia. But the fact remains I’ve got a lot of
other videos on these kind of things. So, check my channel for those,
as well as just subscribe, if you want to be notified anytime there’s any more. Two new videos every single week here. And you can also check Twitter and
Facebook to do all those kind of things for other stuff. As well as Patreon for other other stuff. Now, if you’ll go excuse me, I’m going
to go get stuffed on roly-poly myself, because I’m quite hungry and it’s the middle of the day. And as always, thank you very much for watching.

75 thoughts on “LGR – Quiz Quest – PC Game Review”

  1. Didn't Expert Software release CD with a bunch of freeware games, with something like 600+ games on it? I remember it having a virus on it that got me into a ton of trouble.

  2. This is one of my favourite games from the past! I played a lot of the demo, which lets you play the first minigame only, and then I found the full game in a low-price collection! It's unfortunate hat it does not work on new PC (or even XP, since it NEEDS 256 colors to work) and even if the questions are hard and strange I still find it fascinating! 😀
    But I must agree with the fact that the minigmes are way too long… 🙁
    Also, the italian voice of the announcer was, like, the funniest thing ever. Sarcasm a go-go. Loved it.

  3. 02:40 haha omg "Juan Manuel Fangio" in a pc game lol, plz tell someone tell me that i'm not the only argentinian viewer here xD

  4. Man, Microforum. I just remembered I had some weird old CD from them. So I just went to check and guess what? There's a demo of Mind Grind on here! Don't even remember touching it, I probably couldn't get it to work at the time.

  5. Hay man, did you do a review of The Games Factory? I thought you did but I can't find it…. maybe I was hallucinating?

  6. I'd like to thank you for refering to the Elder Scrolls Anthology in your Arena/Daggerfall episode (sorry, can't remember witch). I got it pretty soon after I had watched that video and it came today. Also, I make you responsible for the loss of my social life.

  7. LGR my thifty bretheren… I have an old Vrex VR-.Surfer 3D headset… brand new sealed in box.. I don't see ANY reviews on youtube about this thing… they'd make for a tasty episode of LGR oddware…. would you be interested in them?

  8. "Big JC here whats your problem? what do ya mean boxart! it's got questions in it so put a damn question mark there, now send in my strippers and booze!"

  9. All the memories of playing this with my grandpa before he passed away, those nostalgia goggles are the only thing that made it good in my head.

  10. Hey LGR, for some reason I really liked your Thrift series. Just kidding, I know exactly what it is: it made me feel like I'm outside, wandering around some dinstant lands full of nostalgic treasures, while I was still in my chair, being lazy and stuff. Anyway, is there any chance for it coming back? And if there is, how soon?

  11. Name swap huh? This reminds me of the time I bought a game called Pickle Wars at this one shop tucked in the corner called "Only Deals". They'd have a shitload of old PC games that you could buy for a buck or two a piece (I want to say I was about 9 or 10 years old when I found out about this place). Anyways, I got home, opened the box, pulled out the disc that said "Pickle Wars" in red letters, put it in the cd-rom drive and… The Doom 95 launcher appeared on screen, then Doom launched. I completely forgot that the game was called Pickle Wars on the disc and just enjoyed playing Doom for the rest of the night, since the last time I played it was when I was even younger on the 32X. After popping out the disc, I stared at the label and thought "This doesn't say Doom…". I don't know what the heck was up with that. Several years down the road, I eventually got curious and looked up Pickle Wars on AOL. Turns out, there is a game that exists with that name and it's a 2D sidescroller. I honestly don't remember if it was any good or not, pretty sure I beat the shareware demo of it though. But yeah, my young mind couldn't comprehend what that was about. 

  12. Ahh, Expert Software, the sheer definition of "cheap" when it comes to publishing PC games. I did play a lot of good Sega arcade to PC ports though thanks to them, so they aren't all that bad.

  13. Wow, that's shady business right there: imagine being a puzzle fan in the mid-1990s and going home to find out you bought the same game twice because some scumbag budget publisher repackaged it with a different title.

    It'd be like buying Forza Motorsport 4 and finding a copy of Project Gotham Racing 3 inside the case.

  14. Ah the nineties when FMV was berating our intelligence, showing washed up Mark Hamill, awkward sex scenes or telling us Kanes glorious message of Peace through power and Brotherhood. 
    Sort of glad it's over. 

  15. That's funny, I was just watching Game Sack's episode about FMV games yesterday and they kept saying how you would get insulted and belittled in those, and there you go, you mention the exact same thing in another "game" with a FMV dude! 😛

  16. Canadian geography ruins it for you eh?

    Think about all the obscure presidential and american history us canucks get in video games. 🙁

    I barely know all the states let alone all the presidents and civil war stuff that all you americans get drilled into you.

    BTW i <3 lazy video game reviews. Im a long time viewer but this is my first comment

  17. Priapus is the son of Aphrodite and Dionysus.
    While Dionysus, Athena, Apollo and Aphrodite all were children of Zeus, I don't think that Apollo and Athena had any children together. I could be wrong though.

  18. It's Regina! Regina! Regina! I always know that because the way Canadians say it rhymes with something else…:)

  19. I think I'm going to do a compilation of these FMV characters talking sh*t to the player. They're in every game. This needs to be done. Does anyone has a special moment that needs to be there?

  20. The host in this game reminds me of Peter MacNicol; the weird eastern European possessed guy from Ghost Busters 2 (and Dracula: Dead and Loving it).

  21. LGR, can you review LBA "Little Big Adventure" for DOS? Either the first or second game. It is an absolutely amazing game and a huge part of my childhood. I hope you have played it already, cause if you haven't you don't know what you're missing out on!

  22. Wow I can't believe there's a question about Saskatchewan, where I live, in that game. It's literally the most boring place on Earth

  23. Complains about Canadian Geography questions after mentioning that the game was made in Toronto for a Canadian audience.

  24. So Expert Software took someone else's games, slapped their logo on them and re-released them? Keypunch Software, is that you?

  25. Why did do many FMV games have such unlikable hosts? They're always loud, obnoxious, rude, and insulting. Did game makers in the 90's think players were all masochist?

  26. Oh no! A game that has Canadian Geography questions! How horrible!

    … Damn Americans! Virtually every game we play is biased towards questions about USA (ex/ Trivial Pursuit, Jeopardy or ANYTHING else).

    Deal with it Clint!!!

    <3

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