Why save the world when you can conquer it? In EvilQuest, take on the role of Galvis — a dark knight obsessed with ultimate power. Set out on a quest of revenge,destruction and conquest in this exciting retro Action RPG title.
User reviews: Very Positive (287 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 20, 2014

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"If you're looking for a new NES classic to enjoy, EvilQuest is certainly a worthy substitute."
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“Xbox Live Indie Game Of The Week”

“The real prize of EvilQuest are the numerous boss battles you’ll engage in.”
4/5 – The Indie Mine

“If you’re even slightly interested in action-RPGs, EvilQuest deserves your attention. - See more at: http://www.extraguy.com/2012/01/evilquest-review-misanthropic-bliss/#sthash.wlUXVycl.dpuf”
A - Must Play – Extra Guy

About This Game

Why save the world when you can conquer it? In EvilQuest, take on the role of Galvis — a dark knight obsessed with ultimate power. Set out on a quest of revenge,destruction and conquest in this exciting retro Action RPG title. Along the way you’ll unlock ancient mysteries, discover legendary weapons, relics and magic…and of course kill thousands of those foolish enough to stand in your way!

EvilQuest features a wide variety of environments, enemies, and boss creatures – all created in retro style with 100% original artwork, animation, and music. In addition to fighting monsters, Galvis will also terrorize the residents of several towns and must avoid imperial agents seeking to re-capture him.

The goal of the game is for Galvis to take revenge on his captors as well as unlock the secret power of four legendary seals. Players will find a variety of weapons, items, and magic spells to increase their power as they play through the quest. The game also allows the player to customize areas of proficiency during level-ups by assigning points to particular attributes.

Key Features

  • dark and genre-defying dialogue and story
  • Fast-paced action-RPG gameplay
  • retro-style original graphics
  • original musical score
  • game world full of mysteries and twists to explore
  • multiple levels of melee attack through weapon charging system
  • 15 unique dungeon levels and overworld areas
  • 14 different spells with a variety of purposes and effects
  • 10 challenging boss fights
  • Dozens of pieces of equipment and items to discover

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.6 Ghz or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Evil Quest is more or less a homage to the classic NES game Crystalis. I'm sure this little nugget of info has been mentioned by many other reviewers, all the same it's worth mentioning.

Homages are a mixed bag. This is how they usually end up: "Wow! This reminds me of my favorite game...except worse." Evil Quest isn't as good a game as Crystalis, but it's still okay. Evil Quest is about Galvis. What does he want to do tonight? He wants to destroy the world. He kills everyone that stands in his way, and even murders anyone that annoys him. Like any other villain, this guy also talks too dang much. While I can't imagine a mute evil-protagonist working out, by the end of the game I was sick to death of Galvis and his speeches.

As with most action-RPGs, Galvis starts with a pitiful knife and dirty rags, and his enemies are mere rats and low-ranking grunts. By the end of the game he's wielding the legendary chaos axe and slaying dragons & demons with no trouble. Getting to that point involves the typical town -> overworld -> dungeon progression. The dungeons are standard stuff, lots of respawning enemies, some treasure, sometimes a puzzle or two. It's nothing really involving, but I guess that's to be expected from a game that harkens back to simpler times.

The only bothersome aspect is that with every level-up, you're given points to distribute. Having stats for HP and DEF seems a bit superfluous, especially on hard difficulty where everyone hits like a truck. Boosting STR and MAG is more effective, mainly because the faster you can kill something, the less chance they have of damaging you. Plus if you want all the achievements you have to focus on two attributes (this will take two play-throughs), because the level-cap will keep you from maxing out all four.

This game can be really easy, with much of the difficulty being player-imposed. By this I mean you have things on harder on yourself (don't buy healing spells, don't use potions, etc) to remain challenged. However, the final bosses have some cheap attacks that are nearly impossible to dodge, so it's probably not the best idea. A sequel is in the works so the issues involving difficulty should get ironed out.

What I'd really like to see out of the sequel to Evil Quest is A) better art-direction B) better plot C) a more involving quest. An old-school bum like myself probably shouldn't care about A or B but they along with C are why I consider Crystalis the better game (well, all that and better difficulty balance). Evil Quest was originally an Xbox Live Indie Game and it shows. The sprite-work is serviceable but not in any way unique, and just looks really banal.

C gets it's own paragraph because it's the most important of the three. A good quest isn't just finding powerful weapons and killing massive enemies. Crystalis gets a lot of credit for changing things up beyond "kill monsters & get money". In one area you could ride around on a dolphin, there was a town run entirely by women, and you had to use a metamorphis spell to talk to their queen, there was also a zombie-infested town, and so on. In a lot of ways Evil Quest is too similar to traditional action-RPGs, which results in missed opportunities.

There aren't many games where you play somebody who is actually evil. It seems like there would be a lot of cool methods to progress the plot, like using sabotage, threats, murder, etc. Take Kefka from FF6 for example, imagine playing as him. At one point you poison the kingdom of Doma, later on you assist the emperor in fooling the resistance, then not long after that stab the Emperor in the back and take all of the god-like power for yourself. The rest of the game could be spent trying to stay one step ahead of the heroes, slowly picking them off one by one (or in parties).

All that said, it's not really a huge deal. As a homage throwback whateveryoucallit title, Evil Quest is solid. It has the basics down, and a sequel could turn out to be pretty spectacular with enough creativity injected into it.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Evil Quest was a purchase I made not expecting too much from it, however after just completing it, it was well worth the ride. It's a nice change to play as the bad guy and want to take over and destroy the world for once. This classic SNES type RPG game did everything right for me. It doesn't take itself too seriously, I mean, c'mon, you have to kill God....

Towards the end of the game, I pretty much ripped through any enemies in one shot, you can collect some pretty overpowered spells, and if you are like me, and stacked Intellect to get a higher mana pool, you could simply AOE through most zones, mopping up the experiance as you went.

The game is actually pretty simple. As long as you read the story, you won't find yourself wondering where to go next as it is quite clearly set out for you. There isn't any side quests to complete, however there are a number of achivements you work towards.

I would highly recommend this game if you are looking for something a little different and only want to spend £1,60, you can't go wrong with this five hour long title.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This is an interesting action RPG its at best, and an annoying Crystalis rip-off with cringe-worthy humor at its worst. A short adventure worth the cheap price.

This game is extremely cheap and the premise of playing as a villan is intresting enough, but it's not executed well. The story is a revenge plot about a Dark Knight who is bent on taking over the country, and eventually the world. The dialouge is basic, but you'll probably laugh at how hard the writers tried to make your character "BADASS and RUTHLESS" As far as story is concerned, the game isn't too gripping. It's all about the gameplay here, which was a rollercoaster of good and bad core mechanics. You run around the world killing monsters to level up and collect eqipment and spells. The freedom to be more spell or melee focused is satisfying and well appreciated. Your melee attacks can be enhanced with a charge that turns it into a projectile that deals much more damage. Spells are split up into magical categories and the rate at which they are required is steady and unlocking the next magicical ability is genuinely exciting. The combat is engaging and the bosses are designed to accomodate your large arsenal of skills. On the other hand, the normal enemies are laughable and can easily be killed with continous shots from your sword. The pixelated graphics have moderate details, matching 16-bit era games, but the illustrations used for the cutscenes are unsettling to look at. there is something about the style that I just don't find appealing. The music usually fits the mood with a couple of stand-out tracks(The field theme). If you like action RPG's or the game crystalis go ahead and buy the game. it provides a decent 6-9 hours of gameplay and is fairly harmless when you consider it's EXTEREMELY cheap price.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
A top-down 2D Action-RPG. The main draw of the game is how over-the-top the protagonist is. It's not uncommon for you to learn spells and get equipment by threatening some NPC and then after getting said upgrade, to kill them. The entire game is played out in this tongue-in-cheek manner and I found it amusing enough, though some will no doubt find it to be a bit try hard.

The artstyle is crude and bland at times and dungeons are a bit long and boring to traverse, but the dungeons have save points so replaying long stretches of them shouldn't be much of a factor. Puzzles are rare and quite simple when they show up.

The best aspect of Evil Quest gameplay-wise is how easy it is to become a walking flamethrower. Magic regenerates over time, so if you level-up and make it a point to pump intelligence, by the halfway point of the game you can constantly spam spells as you walk around and it trivializes most enemies. I don't find this a downpoint since combat is rather simplistic and mowing down enemies with various spells is fun enough.

The game is pretty short, you probably won't end up with more than a half-dozen hours at most on a playthrough, though that's about right and it ended just as I was tiring of it a bit. I had fun with this and the price point puts you in position of not having much to lose by taking a chance on it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
It feels bad being >evil<

The soundtrack is great though

7/10 overall
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Classic Zelda-like platformer.

After a 3-hour playthrough, I came to the conclusion that the game was okay.

Its biggest downfall is how imbalanced the magic system is. Cure-3 makes every boss fight completely trivial in that you don't have to dodge all that many things, which should be the whole point of the battle. Personal discipline in not abusing overpowered mechanics can net a lot more enjoyment out of this game.

The level up system was also fairly lackluster in that it really feels like an unnecessary feature - the HP stat is statistically garbage, the magic stat can be abused to be overpowered.

Those complaints aside, it's a solidly assembled title that works, for its price of $2. If the price were much higher, I'd have probably marked this as a negative review, but $2 is enough to let some non-game-destroying flaws slide, for a game that can offer a decent challenge with mostly working mechanics.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I have really been enjoying this game. It's number 1 on my backlog (first game i'm going to complete as I work down the list)! Tons of fun. The art is kind of iffy and it's REEEEALLY ♥♥♥♥ing edgy but it's a nice story and I can see where it's going. It's almost heartwarming, in a way. Combat is your typical ARPG top-down combat. You're basically on a cross-axis where you can only move up, down, left and right. I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Fun game. Some "secret" stuff in the game I couldn't really figure out how to trigger but it's not a big deal. Just run through it and have fun, well worth the $1 I bought it for
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I really enjoyed playing Evil Quest. It sort of reminded me of some of the older Zelda games in the sense that you charge up your attack, and release like you do in say Link to the Past.It has some minor rpg elements implemented too. You more or less go through each dungeon killing mobs, and then fight a boss to move on to the next area. I had so much fun on my first play through I actually did a second one to get the rest of the achievements I was missing. It's not an overly difficult game, but it is a fun casual game to play in between longer games. It took me about 10-12 hours for my first play through exploring, and grinding. My second took less than 8 on the hardest difficulty as magic, and health as my main stats. It's worth playing through at least once.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Very fun game, and really cheap. I enjoyed playing this, however I got lost on the last part and quit. I'd recommend trying it out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Okay, so I bought this game a while ago but just recently beat it. The story itself, or at least to me, is actually really good. Basically you play as an evil villain who actually has things go his way. The graphics themselves are retro-style so for those of us who really enjoy games like this, this game is a real treat. For only $1.99 this game is a steal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
I came across this game compleatly on acadent, and decided it was worth picking up becaues the price was low enough to take a chance on. TBH ive thought for a while now games where you get to play the bad guy are quite rare, and its a style id like to see done more often. While this game is not the most polished or perfect game, it is very fun to play through, it gives nice chalanges, has an art style while not amazing is quite pleasent to look at, and the gameplay works well for what it has, and has no real glitchs that ive seen. It is made to be remincent of old school JRPGs from the snes era and it does a good job invoking that. its a very fun game thats well worth your time :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
EvilQuest is an action RPG game that gives you the chance to play as one of the most evil dudes I’ve ever met. Multiple areas to travel, tons of loot to discover such as weapons, armor and magic spells. Nice looking graphics and yet generic music gives EvilQuest a super cheap option for those fans of Illusion of Gaia or Secret of Mana. Don’t cross Galvis. He’ll kill you. Seriously. Then he’ll take your stuff.

Games like: Secret of Mana, Illusion of Gaia, Beyond Oasis

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
A really fun game where as the twist is you play the villain on a mission to kill god and destroy all of creation. The villain however isn't that likable as a character as he doesn't seem to have any reason for this beyond he hates the world and feels that he needs to take revenge on it.

Sadly there isn't much more deph to it besides being a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and the character is not too likable, however the game itself is a lot of fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Fun game. It's an SNES-style action RPG, so if you've played Secret of Mana, the core gameplay is similar to that. It builds upon that formula with more options for customization, including equipment and spells. Well-executed concept.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
I want evil quest 2 ♥

This game is great, they shoud work more in this kind of game, the controls is a kind hard to understand arrows to move, enter to attack, alt to run, z for use magic, but the game is great here is my score for this game, let put in this way + good, -sad

+kind evil main caracter
+charge attacks
+good simple history
+fast paced gameplay
-little, about 7 hours but the price is good
-recolored monsters

I give 9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
OMG, i LOVE this game! Super fun, hilarious, deliciously evil, and very reminiscent of the good ol' SNES RPG days.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
In short, it's a good game for it's price. But it's just too easy.

Not great, it's just the same as a hero saving the world - In reverse! It's about a villain destroying the world. It's predictable, but it's not bad.

Graphics and Music:
Aren't great either. The graphics represent all they should, but I feel like it's too plain. The designs are good, though, the bosses look awesome. The music is your usual MIDI medieval track. Nothing too shiny.

Super simple. I've finished the game in the Hard difficulty in the exact registered play time that I have. In the boss battle, I've only died once, and that was in his first form, just because of a little fumble...
There aren't many secrets, and that is a bad thing for me. Just make sure you explore everything and you'll get all the equipment and spells. I've only used the heal spell through the entire game, also.

Game Entertainment:
The hours that I put into this game didn't feel empty. It's a fun game, but sometimes you feel like an area could have been shorter. But the final boss battle is going to counterbalance any bad things in the game - It's great.

I rate it 9/10. It's not like you can ask more for this price! Just needs more secrets, filling some empty areas, a better looking grass, and it would have been perfect!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Blaaaaaazzee it up 4/20 xddddd
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
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