[Freeware] A Man’s Quest

As kids I think we wanted to climb pretty much everything – climbing to some arbitrary high point was an important status symbol for 10 year olds. Perhaps, indeed, an important rite of passage to becoming a man. So it would make sense why A Man’s Quest stars a little boy seeking to find the coolest, highest thing to climb.


Another precision platformer but by no means frustrating – A Man’s Quest is light on pain and big on heart.

After exploring the initial area, a chance encounter in the cemetery will set things in motion proper. A ghost will ask you to climb to the top of a not-at-all mysterious tower to release all the souls trapped within, which I’m sure is a totally good idea.


Controls in A Man’s Quest are snappy and responsive, which is critical for games like this – and you easily move around the world fast and zippy-like, with all that unlimited energy that only kids seem to have.

Luckily, despite being a precision jump platformer, the game is very forgiving. Dying generally resets you back to wherever you were last standing but a moment ago – making it often of little consequence. The game does annoyingly cleverly subvert this in some areas, though – by throwing obstacle courses at your that require constant climbing – so that you don’t actually touch the ground, thus not “triggering” a respwan point – but even then, it’s not too punishing.


A Man’s Quest is pretty short – and aside from a couple of tricky platforming sections, should perhaps only take about 20 minutes, which is a lifetime in kids years, but us adult types can safely file this one under “coffee break games”.

A Man’s Quest | download



About J.C

I grew up in the dark dingy arcades of the 1980s, blasting heads with Robocop 2, but grew up in an era that spanned the introduction of the x86 home computer, through to the 16-bit revolution, into the polygon age and beyond. I write about food, travel and of course, New Retro Games. I started newretrogames.wordpress.com and contribute to www.thecitylane.com. I am also a freelance business researcher, writer, and editor having published academic and corporate articles on innovation and intellectual property.

Posted on January 30, 2017, in Platformer and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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