Munchkin: Quacked Quest, the co-op action RPG based on the popular Steve Jackson card game, has a release date. The game will be released on Steam, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One on Tuesday, November 19.
The game seeks to replicate the competitive, cutthroat attitude of the original card game. Players are encouraged to fight against not only their enemies, but their friends as well as they scramble to collect the most precious treasure of them all: ducks.
The original card game pits players against a succession of monsters, traps and treasures, bidding them to do whatever they can to gain strength and equipment, all the while finding ways to prevent their opponents from doing the same. Every card in the game serves as either a pun or a a parody of some well-worn fantasy trope, leading to a few good chuckles as players make their way through the deck.
Munchkin: Quacked Quest, meanwhile, looks to derive its humor from manic action and absurdist enemies and goals - something not too far removed from the original draw of the game, but it's certainly a different approach.
Publisher Asmodee Digital is no stranger to adapting tabletop games into video games. Their catalog is made up almost entirely of board game adaptations, including Ticket to Ride, Panemic, Scythe and Catan.
However, Munchkin: Quacked Quest is something of a departure from this norm. Unlike Asmodee's previous games, this one does not try to accurately recreate the game in question. It's a video game through and through, complete with explosions, boss fights, and utter chaos that are about as close to a card game as they are to a great work of Elizabethan literature.
For comparison, even Asmodee Digital's most-ambitious release, the video game adaptation of Gloomhaven, keeps faithful to its board game roots by being a tactical RPG -- something that at very least resembles how the board game itself played.
Whether or not the new direction taken in Munchkin: Quacked Quest will be fruitful for Asmodee remains to be seen, but anyone interested in a chaotic co-op RPG might want to keep an eye on this one.