WrestleQuest is an upcoming turn-based RPG from Mega Cat Studios and Skybound Games. It is set in a 90s-inspired wrestling universe where you play as wrestling action figures. It will release on August 8th on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series consoles.
In the demo, we played as Randy Stantos, a childhood fan of Macho Man Randy Savage, who follows in his footsteps in an attempt to become a wrestling legend. We also played as Brink and Stag Logan, two brothers in a tag team from Canada with a wrestling heritage.
The narrative blends between fantasy RPG and 90s wrestling cliches. Do not come into WrestleQuest thinking you are getting a turn-based wrestling game with fantasy animations. WrestleQuest is very far from games like NBA Jam and NFL Blitz, and much closer to something like a SNES Final Fantasy game or Super Mario RPG. Although the entire scenario will revolve around wrestling. For example, one quest I received was to get face paint for a wrestler and convince him of his gimmick. Along the way, I opened chests and broke through a table to get the right face paint.
How Does WrestleQuest Play?
The combat is fantastic, while it is turn-based, it is an active turned base style of combat. You will often have to hit button prompts to block, counter, or reverse incoming attacks. As well as follow-up attacks as opponents bounce off of the ropes. Besides a simple attack, you have a taunt that feels like something straight out of the N64-era wrestling game, as you build up your “Hype Meter.” Then you have the gimmick button, where you can pull off signature moves, finishers, pin, or get help from your stable.
As part of the story, you will build out a team with a manager, tag team partner, and eventually complete a stable. Using the gimmick button will allow you to select team or manager-based attacks. There is a ton of depth to the combat system and it feels so good.
The story will take you through what appears to be a pretty large overworld map where you will encounter countless characters with well-thought-out dialog. You will even see some real-life wrestlers represented like Diamond Dallas Page, Jeff Jarrett, Andre the Giant, and Jake the Snake Roberts. The team has truly built a fun world here with great characters, a fun art style, and some incredibly relevant music. They have done a great job making the ultimate 90s-inspired RPG.
If you love 90s-era wrestling or RPGs you must check out WrestleQuest. There is a demo out now up on the game’s Steam page that runs great on the Steam Deck and PC. Wrestlequest is going to be a fantastic game for portable devices like the Steam Deck, Rog Ally, or Nintendo Switch. It has deep gameplay mechanics, slower turn-based combat, and will be light on your battery. This is a perfect game to get up and go with while traveling. Head over to their Steam page and check out the demo today.
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