The Quest

According to the legends of King Arthur, the Holy Grail was one of the most sought-after objects on the face of the planet. Arthur and his gallant knights quested endlessly to discover its location, and to this day it remains a potent symbol of divinity.

However, in The Quest the Grail is in fact God’s favourite mug. It would appear that the creator of all things is rather partial to a nice brew, and he’s enlisted the help of Steve the Knight to help him source a cracking cuppa.

To this end, Steve is placed on a series of Rubik’s Cube-style levels, each of which contains a cup of tea fit for a deity.

Steve is no ordinary knight: God has bestowed upon him the power to move huge chunks of land, and he uses this skill to manipulate the aforementioned cube worlds and thereby make it easier to nab the hot beverage.

I could murder a cuppa

By touching around the cube, you can spin it in all directions to get a better view of surroundings. Tapping the cube itself will enable you to rotate one of its sections - just as you would with a Rubik’s puzzle.

You’ll need to master these gestures pretty quickly, as Steve’s path to his goal is rarely straightforward.

You’ll encounter obstacles such as water and mountains, and while you can happily traverse these surfaces you need a special object to make the transition from one to another.

For example, to move from land to water you have to find a boat. Moving to higher ground calls for a sleigh, and so on. Getting into a position where you can make use of these items often calls for some deft manipulation.

While it’s possible to find the solution by experimenting, the game ranks you on how many rotations of the cube you make, and this give you the incentive to complete each level with as little fuss as possible.

Pop the kettle on

The Quest takes a well-known concept in the form of the Rubik’s puzzle and gives it a fresh new challenge by adding in the task of getting Steve to the mug of tea. In this respect, the game is something of a triumph - few puzzlers have grabbed us in quite the same manner.

What lets The Quest down is the lack of polish - the visuals are quite poor in places, with some of the hand-drawn artwork looking rough around the edges.

Of course, this shortcoming has little impact on the gameplay, but it’s worth mentioning all the same - especially when you consider how professional some iOS and Android titles look these days.

If you can look past the visual shortcomings, The Quest will reward you with its engaging puzzle gameplay and intriguing premise. It’s almost as satisfying as a hot cup of the brown stuff, in fact.

The Quest

A pleasantly surprising take on the famous Rubik’s Cube puzzle, The Quest promises hours of entertainment for cerebral types - assuming the drab visuals don’t put them off first