A blog about casual gaming

Elephant Quest

Elephant Quest

A joyous Elephant-themed adventure game that brilliantly combines RPG, action and platformer game-play. You won't want to miss this game.

Bookmark and Share
Published by Tasha on 22nd February 2011

John Cooney, head of development at Armor Games, has done it again. The creator of brilliant Flash games such as Exit Path, Corporation Inc and Treadmillasaurus Rex has come up with another game that is set to become an instant classic. I would even go as far as saying that Elephant Quest is John's best game yet.

Elephant Quest is John's first foray into the role-playing style of game. You will probably know this genre for its over-reliance on Lord of the Rings-inspired fantasy settings and characters. But don't expect to be playing as an elf, dwarf or human in this game. John loves nothing more than reinventing game genres (as testified by what he has done to the platform genre with games like Achievement Unlocked) and has foregone the traditional fantasy setting, opting instead for a world of cute elephants, one of whom you play.

That is not the only way the game differs from your standard RPG fare. Rather than wielding a sword or bow, your Elephant has at its disposal a laser which is controlled using your mouse. You use the laser to wipe out the many nasty critters you encounter while exploring the extensive game-world. This is not a small game. There are no less than 42 different locations to find and explore, including caves and forests. Thankfully, Elephant Quest comes with a map to help you avoid getting hopelessly lost.

Each location is like a level in a platform puzzle game. In typical platformer fashion, you will need to jump between gaps, while avoiding landing on spikes and fighting off the evil creatures that after your blood. Many of the levels include special items such as balloons and teddy bears that you need to collect to complete quests given to you by your Elephant friends. You will also find the occasional coloured key that can be used to open locked doors that barred access to certain locations.

As you progress through game, you earn experience points, largely by killing enemies. After you gain enough experience points, you level up. Each time you level up, you can decide to increase one of your Elephant's base skills: intelligence, charisma, agility and dexterity. And when you have boosted each skill high enough, your Elephant gains a new ability or upgrade.

Improving agility, for example, will allow you to jump higher. Boosting intelligence helps you to aim your weapon better. And ratcheting up dexterity makes your weapon more powerful. My favourite skill is charisma. Once it has increased enough, you gain a little companion who follows you round, helping you to fight off enemies. You can gain up to four such followers.

The powers and upgrades you gain by levelling up are absolutely vital if you want to complete the game. Elephant Quest is not a hard game but there are certain locations where you will be killed almost instantly unless you are at a high level. Other locations cannot even be accessed if, for example, you have not boosted your jumping ability enough. You might therefore need to do the occasional bit of grinding to improve your attributes but never so much that the game becomes boring or tedious.

Elephant Quest is typical of John's work. It takes the best aspects of multiples genres - action, RPG, platforming, adventure - and fuses them together to create something that is ridiculously fun to play. We cannot recommend Elephant Quest enough. Play it here.

Bookmark and Share

Add comment

Published by kegan on 21st July 2011
just jump and u will unglue
Published by Frank on 11th April 2011
As always, a really nice game from Armor Games! The developer got an amazing imagination!
Published by i'm confused... on 5th April 2011
Whats up with the unnamed elephant in the wall at the caves? I've been searching the internet and found nothing
Published by Chimaera on 26th February 2011
I absolutely loved it -- and I'm not even into games that involve shooting nasty little critters. For those who get "glued to ceilings" (which does indeed happen, especially when you've got ten balloons attached to your back): just close the game and start it up again, that'll fix your problem.
Published by Nynn on 23rd February 2011
It's a lovely game, but there are some bugs. I, for one, somehow got glued to the ceiling in area 35, and there's no way to get loose. Which really annoyed me, because I was on the penultimate quest and did NOT feel like going back to square one.

Follow us

  • Twitter

    Be the first to hear about new posts by following us at @casualgirlgamer

  • Facebook

    Alternatively, you might want to become a fan of our facebook page, which you can find here.

  • RSS

    Subscribe to Casual Girl Gamer’s RSS feed here

  • Email

    Enter your email address below and we’ll keep you posted when we have new articles.


Game reviews

  • Lume

    State of Play's new puzzle adventure title Lume might be made out of cardboard cutouts but it is in no way a one-dimensional game.

    Read more
  • The Tiny Bang Story

    Beautiful hand-drawn graphics, nicely balanced and creative puzzles and a great sound track, The Tiny Bang Story delivers on all fronts.

    Read more
  • Castaway 2

    Robinson Crusoe had it lucky. He was only stranded on a desert island once. Things are not so easy for the hero of RPG adventure game series Castaway.

    Read more
  • ClubWorld

    If the idea of running your own nightclub gets you excited, then Tapulous's latest iOS game might have you dancing around with joy.

    Read more
  • Insectonator

    If the only good bug is a dead one, then you will be doing one helluva lot of good work in this cheery insect massacring game.

    Read more
> More game reviews

Popular articles

  • Top ten hardest games

    So you fancy yourself as a bit of a mean gamer. You always opt for the hardest settings when playing games. Well, we have a challenge for you - ten of the most difficult online games we could find.

    Read more
  • Five games that make you think about life

    Not all games involve mindless shooting the shit out of stuff. Some can even make you think a bit.

    Read more
  • New game round-up 1

    We have uncovered some casual gaming gems for you in this, our first round-up of new casual games to hit the world wide web.

    Read more
  • Top 10 Dungeon Crawlers

    Grab yourself a lantern, some health potions and a sturdy sword, and join us on our quest to play the top ten casual dungeon crawlers.

    Read more
  • Top ten war games that won't ruin your life

    Indulge your military fantasies with our selection of modern-warfare games that can be completed in an afternoon.

    Read more
> More popular articles

Developer spotlights

  • Jake Elliott

    You won't find any resource-management or mindless slash and dash games in Jake Elliott's portfolio. What you will find are thought-provoking games that encourage you to ponder on the human experience.

    Read more
  • Con Artist Games

    Chris Condon of Con Artist Games has a reputation for developing some of the most polished games on the web. Casual Girl Gamer speaks to him about his gaming philosophy.

    Read more
  • Gregory Weir

    By combining great story-telling with imaginative game worlds, Gregory Weir has created some of the most thought-provoking games on the internet.

    Read more
  • John Cooney

    Armor Games' head of game development John Cooney - or jmtb02, as he is better known - is one of the most prolific and imaginative game developers around.

    Read more
  • Evan Miller

    In ImmorTall, indie developer Evan Miller created one of the most emotionally moving games to grace the internet. We speak to him about his gaming philosophy and plans for the future.

    Read more
  • Mateusz Skutnik

    Mateusz Skutnik is a rarity: a gifted artist who is also a skilled coder. He is responsible for some of the most beautiful casual games on the web.

    Read more
> More spotlights