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JackQuest: Tale of the Sword springs onto consoles and PC this fall

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The visuals are cute as can be, which usually means a game is designed to humiliate even genre veterans.

A lot of people like to talk about how difficult it is to port a game from one platform to another. And then there's one-man developer NX Games, which with an assist from publisher Blowfish Studios will release JackQuest: Tale of the Sword on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC later this year.

As the game's story goes, a pair of young lovers named Jack and Nara are out for a relaxing stroll in the woods when suddenly an orc named Korg kidnaps the damsel and retreats to his underground lair. Jack gives chase, and soon meets up with a strange blade that will serve as his ally over the course of what is sure to be a harrowing adventure.

Deep within the lair, the pair encounter slime--oh, so much slime--and environmental puzzles, power-ups, new abilities, new weapons and of course plenty of monsters and bosses.

Today's press release promised a "fast-paced affair," which I take to mean the game is designed for skilled players as a means to test their mettle, though the art style looks quite cute and may lull the unawares into a false sense of security. Then again, maybe I'm just reading too much into things.

"JackQuest is a lovely action-packed platformer that places a heavy focus on exploration," said Ben Lee, CEO, Blowfish Studios. "We look forward to bringing it to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC and sharing it with you all later this year."

Part of that sharing will happen ahead of the game's release, when it makes an appearance at PAX Aus 2018. That's just one of the titles Blowfish Studios will be showcasing, so you should probably make an effort to check out that booth if you happen to live in Australia or will for some other reason be in attendance. In the meantime, consider yourself encouraged to check out the trailer embedded above to see Jack in action.

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Staff article by Jason Venter (September 27, 2018)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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