LGR – Chex Quest – DOS PC Game Review

LGR – Chex Quest – DOS PC Game Review


[intro music] [typing] You know one of the best things about cereal? Well, other than the whole “eating it
in order to not starve” thing. Prizes. I’m not talking about those stupid ones where you have to collect a
bunch of UPCs, mail them in and pay postage cost for something that sucks. But prizes that come right in the box and you know they suck immediately instead of having to wait six to eight weeks. What makes them amazing is when they don’t suck like today’s classic game, Chex Quest, developed by Digital Café and published by… *tsk* I dunno, frigging Chex cereal, then owned by Ralston Purina in 1996. Though it was manufactured by America Online as part of a promotional partnership, since the game included a
50 free hours subscription offer for their dial-up Internet service. Oh, no! I showed you my secret
password for my free trial of AOL. Now I’ll never cruise the information superhighway. “Ready! Aim! Zorch! You know they’re in there,” cheesy story for a cheesy game, blah blah. Yeah, you might think this would be kind of weak. I mean, it’s a free game from a cereal
that honestly tastes a hundred times better mixed with other things than it does on its own. But thinking that would be a mistake, since the game is actually based
on the one and only Doom by id Software. In fact, it’s a five-level total
conversion of The Ultimate Doom, to be more precise. And even though it’s aimed at kids and has all the awesome gore
and hellish landscapes removed, it’s become a cult classic with a following even today. So let’s see if we can figure out why. Before you can play, you have an
installation to take care of in Windows, though the game runs entirely in DOS. Uh, make sure to sign up for AOL when you’re done and don’t use those 50 free hours all in one day. The game starts off with a splash screen showing the protagonist, the Chex Warrior, zapping the gooey Flemoids on the planet Bazoik, which makes me question what exactly was in that brownie I ate earlier. You then get a Doom-like menu with a Doom-like demo playing in the background, along with some Doom-like options to choose from, because this is freaking Doom wearing another skin. It’s probably pretty obvious
what to do if you’ve played Doom, but if you want to, you can read this, which allows you to read this. Start a game, choose your difficulty, and you’re off, taking control of the Chex Warrior –who is apparently a lefty– brandishing a mini-zorcher weapon. Just like Doom, the goal here is to navigate the level, collect any color-coded keys, shoot dudes and find the exit. Won’t be long before you run across some Flemoids, which are apparently here from another dimension to screw up operations on this mining planet simply by being sticky and green. What is their motivation?
What do they have against you? What… the balls does this
have to do with frigging cereal? I have no idea, and it doesn’t matter. Zap them with whatever weapons
you have at your disposal to teleport them back to their home planet. That’s right, you don’t kill them,
or even incapacitate them. You just beam them to another world. Though I guess it’s possible your
zorcher isn’t calibrated correctly and you’re actually condemning them to a
horrible, agonizing death in the vacuum of space. After all, teleportation is a tricky thing, even for a guy wearing breakfast as armor. But yeah, the idea here is that it’s all kid-friendly. There’s no explicit violence going on and nothing too extreme to take part in, unlike its deliciously demonic source material. And you know what? It doesn’t matter because this is awesome. Even if you somehow
expected the game to be good, despite being sold in the same
place as pickles and yogurt, Chex Quest is genuinely fun to play. For one thing, while the weapons don’t pack
the same exact punch as those in Doom, they somehow remain enjoyable
to use to take dudes out. You’ve got alternatives to all the classic guns, so they have a very similar feel, while
looking and sounding like their own thing. There’s something oddly satisfying about
blasting away floating booger dudes with a rapid-fire laser gun thing, and something even more satisfying about
bashing away at monsters with a spoon. Heh heh. Would that be death by spooning? Anyway, the point being is it’s still a lot
of fun to run around and shoot things unlike certain other kid-friendly
Doom clones, like H.U.R.L. And on top of that, I found the level designs to be quite enjoyable to navigate with only a modicum of
maze-like madness to maneuver. Alliteration. Unfortunately, there’s only five levels and sections of them do start feeling
a bit samey and tough to tell apart from another in spots. But it was never to the point that
I got irritated at how it was laid out, unlike several other shooters of the time. I supposed that has something
to do with it being aimed at kids, and– [chuckles] I guess I’m saying
that I like simpler games sometimes. But you know what? I don’t care! There are days when you just want
to unwind with a classic shooter without anything getting in the way
and not having to think too much. Sure, the characters are generic, the sounds can get a tad obnoxious, the difficulty is negligible and the game is short, but dude, it’s got charm. It’s made of quality fun and it came from a cardboard box full of oven-toasted corn and rice. All things considered, THIS is pretty special. And, hey, if you want more,
there’s always Chex Quest 2, which was available to download on
the Chex Quest website back in the day. It’s mostly the same kind of
thing but with new enemies and level types and all that sequelly stuff. And beyond that, there was
even a third game made in 2008, not to mention a ton of fan-made levels and episodes. What it boils down to is that Chex Quest
makes for good, but brief, DOS gaming times. It’s not only an amusing diversion, but it was a huge success for everyone involved, having been distributed to millions of eager youngsters under the guise of a balanced breakfast, increasing the sale of Chex cereal by nearly 250% and winning multiple awards for
excellence in advertising and such. It probably even suckered a few people in to AOL’s bloated dial-up service. So, really, everyone was a winner here. Unless you just wanted to browse gaudy ’90s websites without being bothered with a turgid user interface. Though the Chex Quest game disk
isn’t the easiest to find anymore, but if you look around, you can
probably find a link to it online. I wouldn’t exactly recommend it over the Doom games, but it would recommend it if you enjoy classic
first-person shooters with some character. So, if you want something different, a bit silly, and just as solid–and avoiding
liquid form–as the game it’s based on, why not give it a look? [MIDI music outro]

100 Comments on "LGR – Chex Quest – DOS PC Game Review"


  1. Okay… I may have to go digging through old game disks to see if I still have this disk.

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  2. It's a shame we never got a full 30+ level game of this, I always felt disappointed (though I fucking loved it to death) that we only got 5 levels.

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  3. it's weird how chex with sugar added tastes better than it would have if it just came with sugar. that's not usually the case. like kool-aid bursts taste way better than mixing the powder with sugar. but there's just a few cereals that work better with one additional step. like how cheerios with honey taste better than honey nut cheerios, or how grape-nuts is an absolute punishment of a meal until you treat it like instant oatmeal and soak it in butter after heating it in milk.

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  4. I loved this game. I had my mom specifically get me Chex to get this even though I didn't like the cereal.

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  5. Holy shit, I think this is the first time I've heard the word 'turgid' outside of the Malazan series of books!

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  6. The one and only time I begged my parents to buy chex cereal……worth every minute I begged for it. I liked this game over doom sure I don't get to hack away at enemies with a chainsaw but I could spoon a mother fucker to death.

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  7. The official Chex Quest 3 release is available here (running on the zdoom engine).
    http://www.chucktropolis.com/gamers.htm

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  8. I wanna use this game as a reference for other clones
    "If a free game that came with breakfast cereal is more fun then yours, you're doing EVERYTHING wrong"
    That should be on a teshirt or something

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  9. I like that Youtube lately recommend me these old videos. I watch every new LGR Video but i am too lazy to watch the old ones. So its nice to see them in the recommended list.

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  10. "It came from a box, filled with oven toasted corn and rice!"
    What is the tag line for a very confusing horror film.

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  11. When I was young my granny got the demo for Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive in a cereal box and gave it to me and my brothers. It took me until 2015 to beat it. Now that's value.

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  12. Wait…you mean you don't buy the GAME and get a free box of CEREAL instead? Did I just get scammed?

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  13. I recently found a stack of aol disks in a box of reel to reel tapes and on one of those disks it says there's a starwars game has anyone played that?

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  14. You just said in the first 30 seconds what Strong Bad said ten years ago in his sbemail "specially marked".

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  15. I had this before I had a PC. Actually before I had any video game. I was probably four or five. I asked a tons of people to play it on their hardware. I got a PC a little later but I did not remember this game until I saw the video. Wow, amazing there are even disks for something sort of throwaway.

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  16. Didn't Putt-Putt not suck? Seriously, they put Putt-Putt games in cereal boxes at one point.

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  17. Ah, the good old days when they put PC games in cereal boxes. It was a magical time. I picked up Chex Quest and RCT that way. 😁

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  18. What made Chex Quest so great was the same thing that made the original DOOM so great. All the mods and levels you could download 🙂

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  19. Around 2003, my brother and I got an Amazon Trail demo (yes, by the Learning Company) on a CD-ROM in a cereal box, and we actually enjoyed it. Edit: It was the 3rd edition.

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  20. First time i heard of the game is from HoaxHotel channel. He mention s this game when he trolling

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  21. Pretty sure this was actually my first ever shooter… before even Rainbow Six or Half Life. I'll defend it to the grave.

    The arboretum level was stuck in my memory for years before I finally sorted out where it came from. I was young enough when I played this that I still had this sort of implicit expectation that there was a whole videogame world connected to the isolated parts I was seeing, and even though I knew I couldn't access it, I just fundamentally believed it was there. Man, childhood was awesome.

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  22. Oh my gosh it's been so long! I remember I tried this game out as a child (I was like 7) and got scared the heck out by it because I was just that way when I was young and did NOT expect a first-person-shooter out of a cereal box. XD I don't even know if I still have it because I never touched the game again after trying it for like 5 minutes.

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  23. Honestly I love this game. Idk
    If it’s the fact it was kinda the first video came I played or what but i finally own my own MacBook (other computers I’ve had at my disposal crashed all the time and wasn’t even worth it) and of course one of the first things I did was install it. I wonder if there’s a way to use a Bluetooth controller with the game?

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  24. It gives me pride that I got this from a Chex box and played it in it's day. Best cereal prize I've ever received.

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  25. I had and played this! It was as close as I was able to get to Doom at the time growing up in a very controlling fundamentalist household, so I was appreciative of that.

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  26. I remember playing this a bunch back in the day. When I was a kid it blew my mind that a PC game came in a cereal box. I beat the game a bunch of times.

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  27. Cool groovy heard about this game when I was 12 in 1996 2 boys in my 6th grade gym class talked about the game and said it was a fun doom ripoff😊

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  28. Fun fact, they are apparently remaking the game as we speak. No joke. Destructoid has an article with a trailer for it.

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  29. I got a Ghostbusters record attached to a box of cereal once, and another time, I got a Ninja Turtles plastic bowl and spoon which I think was shrink wrapped into the cereal box. Good times as a 4 year old or so.

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  30. The best version of Risk I've ever played was from a CD in a cereal box. Even current versions are worse somehow.

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  31. Hey Clint! They just put out a Chex Quest 3!! Available for download on Windows. Crazy that they brought this game back. If would be cool if you did an update segment! Love your vids.

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  32. 1:05
    Did you just (6 years, 2 months 10 days [perhaps? math is hard] later) dis my favorite tasting cereal product?

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  33. I like to imagine Zorching as burning the goo creatures to death. I don't like the thought of letting them live and try invading again.

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  34. I remember finding a secret room in this game with pictures of people I assume were the developers. That and I would always ask my dad to put in the 'red eyes' cheat code to make the Chex Warrior invincible. Man, this game was a blast for 5-year old me.

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