I love to cover Kickstarters for the kinds of games that I think really deserve to belong in the industry, those that come from small but dedicated studios, and those that feature characters who are otherwise chronically underrepresented. Enter Queer Quest!
Queer Quest is a story driven “point-and-clit” adventure puzzle game all about diversity, self-care, and the LGBTQ+ community. Described by creator Mo as “a really gay Monkey Island meets a feminist Leisure Suit Larry,” Queer Quest focuses on girlfriends Lupe and Alexis, who live in a gaybourhood in the Pacific Northwest.
When Alexis is kidnapped, you must help Lupe to travel the neighbourhood, aiding the residents with their own problems in order to gather clues, solve puzzles, and eventually unravel the mystery to save her girlfriend.
Queer Quest was inspired by a peaceful protest in Portland, Oregon, where the queer community responded to an assault on a queer couple by joining hands across a bridge. The game will therefore explore how the queer community responds to the hardships they face.
It will also bring life to a varied, diverse cast of characters, most of whom are based on real people, as well as encouraging self-care as a form of progression. It’s therefore an unusual game in more ways than one. Plus, if the Kickstarter page is anything to go with, it will be full of great queer puns! What more could you want?
Most of the Kickstarter proceeds will go towards paying a fair wage to the staff. It’s therefore up to us as a community that wants to see these kinds of games flourish to give them a hand! You can find the Kickstarter page here, or check out Queermogames’ website and Twitter.
[Disclaimer: I was contacted by the creators of this Kickstarter via my Tumblr asking whether I would like to spread the word after already having decided to create this post as part of my Kickstarter series on +10.]