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Anna’s Quest

Dragons, witches, trolls... No one can stop Anna. With her telekinesis, unorthodox use of torture instruments, a knack for improvisation and the help of a shady fox she just makes her way. She communes with the dead, shuts off the local taverns beer supply and gets old ladies behind bars... The world of author Dane Krams' debut on the game development stage isn't as cuddly as it may seem. Anna however, is actually perfectly nice - or is she? It all starts with freeing talking teddy bear... Anna's Quest unfolds a hand-drawn, grim tale with a good dash of self-irony.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

A faithful, old fashioned fairytale, with all its merits and its flaws. An enjoyable game, though some aspects are not on Daedelics usual level.
Anna's Quest
When her grandfather gets ill, Anna has to find a cure out in the world. She has lived isolated on their farm all of her life, and her grampa always warned her of all the dangers out there. So when she ventures out, she immediately gets captured by an evil witch!
The story is told in six chapters, of which the first is an introduction. Every chapter has a new scene, with many new dangers and characters. We witness Anna to grow in her ability to cope with the world in her own way, and discover her magic power of telekinesis, which she inherited from her grandfather!
Art aspects
The drawings are relatively simple for Daedelics standards. The scenes are mostly empty without too much detail. This of course makes the gaming experience easier, all objects are easy to identify.
There can be grave visual errors when the texture compression is turned on in the visionaire configuration tool. The remedy can be found on the forums.
The voices alone are quite good, although I personally don't care much for Anna's voice, which might also be due to the direction. The conversations seem to be a bit off, the lines don't flow fluently. Quite often I'm afraid. I can't pinpoint exactly why, I'm not knowledged enough. I would guess that the lines are all individually recorded, without precise direction. During cutscenes they use a very low bitrate for some reason.
Morals and fairytales
In most fairytales morals are a central theme. Don't steal, don't trust strangers, don't wander off into woods etcetera. The morals in Anna's Quest seem particularly grim though... No one can be trusted, just about. And Anna's is the pinnacle of gullibleness. She's worse than Pinoccio! But what do you expect with a gramps that keeps her isolated from all humans!? But I guess that's classic fairytaling. Lots of horrible things happen in them without any explanation whatsoever.
Further thoughts
I liked the game. There are many many holes in the story, and the player just has to accept that or leave dissatisfied. I have the feeling that the first three chapters are well thought out, and the others are very random. They could have been easily replaced with any other direction, and it wouldn't made the story any different. There doesn't seem much sense in anything that happens. Like for instance the Queen that doesn't want to help out of fear for her son, yet surprise!! Decides to help after all! The whole bear-protection thing seems odd.
My biggest marvel of this game: it uses the font Comic Sans! (or some variation) It's so ugly!! Maybe it chosen for kids? The story is certainly suitable for kids, but the puzzles definitely aren't (the first three chapters can be quite difficult, the others are very linear).
An okay game, if you aren't too picky.
69/100
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Review from Steam

An enjoyable and interesting point and click where expectations do not always match reality. It is quirky, a description many games in this genre enjoy.
Additional Details

Operating System
Ubuntu Linux 14.04 x64


CPU
AMD FX-8350


GPU
GTX 750


Game Saves
Manually, whenever


Technical Notes
No problems

Review from Steam

Anna's Quest gives me a little Grimm's tale vibes ~ It may look alike family friendly game at the start but at my point of a view it is anything but that.
Story was entertaining but voice acting sounded kinda annoying time to time. (it was like finnish Digimon dubs) No much emotions put in voice acting e.e
It's worth of a try at least.

Review from Steam

Nice and simple puzzle game that combines excellent visuals and plot.
The player will visit Hell, meet Dragons and Ghosts. Trolls and talking toys.
The world around is literally saturated with magic, creating the feeling that you are in a fairy tale. But does it have a good ending? This is what the player has to find out.
The game is recommended for fans of quests.

Review from Steam

"Anna's Quest" is truly a masterpiece you don't want to miss!
Buying this game with a discount feels like taking candy from a baby- and I mean it by the "unfair" meaning!
• You have to option to not play this game entirely as point-and-click, but there are keyboard shortcuts if you prefer to.
• The art style is beautiful.
• The music/audio effects/voice acting is nicely done.
• The characters were all unique and as impossible as it may sound, I loved all of them!
• The fact that they added elements from popular fairytales ( some of them with a lil plot twist ) was a very clever move- it made the story much more funny.
• The Easter Eggs were so enjoyable! As well as the bonuses and the achievements!
• It's worth every penny.
It is for sure one of my favorite games. It will always have a special place in my heart and on my steam profile!

Review from Steam

A cute point to click - game. like you know it from daedelic!

Review from Steam

I wont lie i really wasnt too sure about this game when i first started playing it but about half an hour in i really loved it. The graphics are stunning, the voice acting brilliant, not wooden like some games and the story kept me gripped. The puzzles werent too bad just took some logical thinking, the only slight bug bear is that if you dont light the lanterns 1st and randomly click on the organ after seeing symbols on the stump the game freezes, so make sure to get a screenshot of the strange symbols on the treestump then light the lanterns outside the church window, i wont solve the entire puzzle for you but thats the general gist to stop the bug occuring. Other than that fantastic game,brilliant story and worth playing.