New release: Unemployment Quest

I’m not sure how I missed this one: Unemployment Quest is a jRPG by Charles DeYoe with a decidedly…shall we say, “contemporary”…theme, released in mid-June.

The game’s premise is all but spelled out in the title. DeYoe writes:

Unemployment Quest is a game about the experience of unemployed youth.

The story is minimalistic as the game is not about an epic adventure so much as trying to reach a very simple goal.
Instead of fighting typical fantasy monsters, your foes will include “Doubts,” “Isolation,” “Shame,” and the main villain “Uncertain Future.”

Unemployment Quest managed to haul in more than $10,000 in Kickstarter funding by its deadline of May 20, which is pretty impressive considering that it’s an RPG Maker game using the default sprites and tilesets. I think that speaks pretty powerfully to how many people out there feel some connection with the game’s conceit.

Here is a trailer that goes to great lengths to point out how late I am in covering it:

Unemployment Quest has a free demo available; if you like what you see, you can get the full game for Windows for a flat $5.00.

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