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Nimble Quest

On The Move

Nimble Quest never stops running.

By Steve Heisler • April 18, 2013

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I barely exercise during the winter because I hate, more than anything, running on treadmills. Yes, it’s the same repetitive motion of the legs that you get running outside. It even requires the same ability to imagine you’re doing something far more interesting. But the scenery never changes. There aren’t even cracks on the sidewalk to lend the slightest bit of variety. Every run on the treadmill is exactly the same.

The heroes of Nimble Quest never stop moving. They can’t. They line up, forming a human snake that ducks and weaves through the tiny medieval landscapes—castle interiors, dungeons, etc.—and resists any manner of disruption. Accidentally run your leader into the back line, and your rear guard disappears; fling yourself head-first into an enemy and watch as your team instantly evaporates. Anything short of perpetual motion is the end.

But Nimble Quest is far from repetitive. The heroes in your party each have different abilities—some swing giant swords from far away, others shoot fireballs. So to successfully destroy all the enemies, your hero must choose a path that maximizes the various angles and rates of attack. By the time you’re in later levels, you might notice you’re circling the same small grid, but it manages to feel fresh each time.

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5 Responses to “On The Move”

  1. neodocT says:

    I’ve been playing this game on my phone for the past week, and while pretty engaging, it suffers from the usual Free to Play grinding problems.

    The first few levels go by quickly enough, but pretty soon everything gets crazy expensive, and you can’t advance further without investing in upgrading your characters (with in-game money) or just buying new characters (with real money).

    It’s fun enough, but it’s not going to replace Super Hexagon as my go-to phone game. Also, it really drains my battery life, for whatever reason.

  2. Bad Horse says:

    Cause a Nimble Quest party is MANDATORY.

    • The_Helmaroc_King says:

      WELL, PARTY PARTY PARTY
      I WANNA HAVE A PARTY
      I NEED TO HAVE A PARTY
      YOU BETTER HAVE A PARTY

  3. Mercenary_Security_number_4 says:

    Looks fun.  Also reminds me that its about damn time Blizzard remade “The Lost Vikings.”