By Aaron Evangelisti / April 16th, 2020
In a movie possibly no one saw coming Atari revealed in a recent press release that a new Pong title will soon be released called Pong Quest.
In Pong Quest, the player will assume the role of a young paddle, thirsty for adventure! During the course of your adventure you’ll explore multiple dungeons all themed after classic Atari franchises, including Centipede and Asteroids. You’ll do pretty standard dungeon crawling things like collect loot, and battle enemies in a new take on Pong’s classic gameplay, in which power ups can be used to effect the game such as applying a curve to your balls path or making your opponents paddle smaller. Checkout the trailer below to get a better understanding of what you can expect:
In addition to the Quest Mode, as described above, other game modes include more standard stand-alone versus modes in both Classic and Battle Mode, Battle Mode being the variant found in Quest Mode. These modes can be played against other players both locally as well as online, leaderboards included.
Pong Quest will come to a PC near you April 21st, via Steam, for $14.99 USD but with a 20% discount for the first week after launch. Atari is planning on bring the game to all three major consoles sometime this spring, however no release date has been given at this time. See the press release below for more details:
“PONG®” and “Quest” — bet you never thought you’d hear those two words used together! But sure enough, PONG Quest™ is real. For starters, it’s PONG like you’ve never imagined… A PONG game that casts you as a brave young paddle, delving into treacherous dungeons, collecting loot, and battling enemies. Each dungeon is loosely based on classic Atari® hits, including Asteroids®, Centipede®, and more.
Here is an overview of the multiple game modes awaiting longtime fans and newcomers alike:
- Quest Mode: Jump into the boots of an adventuring paddle and delve dangerous dungeons in an effort to unlock the secrets of the Spooky Door and save PONG World!
- Local Battle Mode: Up to four players can join the match to play the newly reimagined version of PONG gameplay, using special balls and outfits found in the story-based Quest Mode.
- Local Classic Mode: Two local players. Classic PONG action. Play by the original rules and show your friends and foes who’s still got it!
- Online Mode: Play against others online in both classic PONG, or the new battle variants. Victory and leaderboard fame await!
As a fresh-faced adventurer, you’ll start by getting dressed for the occasion, choosing from a variety of hairstyles, hats, clothing, and stylish accessories. Once you’re decked out for your (PONG) quest, it’s time to begin your adventure. As you explore these dungeons, you’ll talk with quirky NPCs, find Atari-classic-inspired minigames, and, of course, battle against a variety of enemy paddles! Who needs a +1 Sword of Smiting when you have dozens of powered-up PONG balls that provide you with awesome powers like Curve Balls, Potion Balls (for a quick dose of healing), and the devious Shrink Ball — which reduces the size of your foe on contact and makes it harder for them to target additional incoming shots.