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DLC Quest is a satirical Indie Game for PC, Mac, and Xbox Live Arcade that takes Downloadable Content to its logical extreme. In this game, everything needs to be purchased. Including things like "Pause" and "Walk left".
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This game contains examples of:
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "That bad guy just stole Princess MacGuffin! You have to rescue her! Also, he murdered your uncle! You must get revenge! I think he might have peed in the town's water supply too! ...That seems a bit less important now."
- Better Than a Bare Bulb: Yeah, pretty much everything in this game is Lampshaded in one way or another.
- Big Damn Heroes: Your horse arrives just in time to save the day! Hopefully you've bought that horse armor DLC pack!
- Blatant Lies: "This is a dead end."
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: Buy DLC to skip the grinding! Buy DLC to trade your sword for a gun! Buy DLC to get armor for your horse! Etc.
- Chekhov's Gag: The horse armor. Not just a shout-out! It turns out your horse comes to the rescue in the final battle, and if it's not wearing the armor, the bad guy will easily kill it and then kill you.
- Cliff Hanger: When entering the boss room for first time, credits roll. Of course, you can buy the ending DLC pack.
- Cosmetic Award: Called "Awardments".
- Double Jump: Has to be bought, of course.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Defied. One NPC asks you to perform several mundane quests for him. You say "No."
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: As the trailer puts it:
"DLC = Downloadable content. Quest = Quest."
- Excuse Plot: Parodied. The opening cutscene shows you and a princess--helpful arrows will point out which is which--as she is kidnapped by a bad guy, also identified with a helpful arrow. Finally, the bad guy grabs the princess and runs away, and another arrow helpfully provides a label saying "Motivation".
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: One DLC is a zombie pack, described as "This really doesn't really fit, but our marketing department said every game needs zombies."
- Fan Service: Mocked with the 5 coin swimsuit DLC that changes every single characters clothes for the rest of the game. (Everyone is an 8-bit sprite, including the player and the princess.)
- Fight Woosh: Right before the random encounter. It's Lampshaded, of course.
- Follow the Money: Coins. Which occasionally form the shape of a helpful arrow to point you in the right direction.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The two shopkeepers are exactly alike. When you meet the second one, you question him on it, and he claims you've met his long-lost brother.
- Level Grinding: Parodied with literal grinding--you have to grind a sword on a grindstone 10,000 times before you can use it. But you'll probably want to buy the DLC to skip that.
- Joker Immunity: Exaggerated, Parodied, and Exploited. The bad guy is well aware that you can't kill him (because if you did, they wouldn't be able to make a sequel) and he rubs it in your face. In fact, you can shoot him in the chest and he survives, seemingly without a scratch.
- Long-Lost Relative: The Hand Wave for the Inexplicably Identical Individuals.
- MacGuffin: Lampshaded. The princess is named "Princess MacGuffin".
- Memetic Mutation: Late in the game a large troll blocks your way and has this to ask you upon failing to wound him with your sword.
- Microtransactions: The premise of the game is that it's a satire of this model.
- Multiple Endings: There's a good ending if you bought the horse armor and a bad ending if you didn't.
- Nice Hat: The top hat DLC. Yeah, its a waste of 5 coins, but you look so spiffy after buying it!
- Random Encounters: Parodied. There's one random encounter, and it happens in a fixed place at a fixed time. When they said it was "Random", what they really meant was that the character you encounter is named "Random".
- Save the Princess:
- The horse armor pack is a reference to Oblivion's infamous DLC of the same name, which cost a whopping $2.50 for a cosmetic upgrade and received a massive backlash from the fandom. In DLC Quest, the horse armor costs 250 coins and is the most expensive piece of DLC in the game. It's also necessary for the good ending.
- "That first step was a doozy" is a reference to a line from Groundhog Day.
- "Player." "Shepherd."
- "Finish the fight" pack is a little jab to Halo 2 ending.
- Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction: Coins in this game are large.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: You get an awardment for killing all sheep and humans in the game, including the shopkeepers.
- Voice of Dramatic: The narrator in the trailer does his best.
- You Have Researched Breathing: Parodied. The first thing you have to do is buy the ability to move left.
- ↑ which you can still talk to for DLC-related business