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Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is a freemium video game for Kindle, iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 based on the American animated series Family Guy released by Fox Digital Entertainment and developer TinyCo. It allows users to create and run their own version of Quahog using familiar characters and buildings. It features an original story conceived by the show's writers in which Quahog has been destroyed and it is up to the player to bring it back to its former glory. Some of the series' main actors, like Seth MacFarlane (Peter, Stewie, Brian), Alex Borstein (Lois), Mila Kunis (Meg), and Seth Green (Chris) collaborated with TinyCo for the project.

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff
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Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff launch screen
Developer(s)TinyCo
Publisher(s)Fox Digital Entertainment
Producer(s)Imanol Martinez
Composer(s)Walter Murphy
Platform(s)Android
Kindle Fire
iOS
Windows Phone 8
Windows 8.1
Adobe Flash
ReleaseApril 10, 2014
Genre(s)City-building game
Mode(s)Single-player
multiplayer

Contents

StoryEdit

Family Guy is cancelled again and Fox assembles citizens of Quahog to explain why. It is revealed that Ernie the Giant Chicken is responsible and Peter challenges him to a fight. The ensuing brawl quickly results in mass destruction of Quahog. As the game play begins, it is up to the player to help Peter restore Quahog and reunite him with his friends and family.[1][2][3][4]

GameplayEdit

Players guide the cast of Family Guy in rebuilding the town of Quahog. The game includes quests for the player to complete, such as helping Peter become a pirate, helping Glenn Quagmire find Gold Digger Island, and helping Mayor Adam West survive the town's running of the bulls. Players may purchase optional digital goods to speed up, decorate, or differentiate gameplay.[4] As players continue, their personalized Quahog grows with additional characters, places, and situations from the Family Guy universe. The game also features FaceSpace, an in-game Facebook-like social network where the game's characters can interact and post new level achievements. Players can also visit their friends’ personalized Quahogs.[3]

ProductionEdit

The game was developed by TinyCo and published by Fox Digital Entertainment[5] and was released in the iOS App Store and Google Play store in most countries on April 10, 2014.[4] The game was written by the Family Guy show writers. The voices were provided by the show's voice actors. The character pages for the game's FaceSpace were all created specifically for the game with new original content related to the game's quests.[3]

Special celebrity appearancesEdit

Character Event Notes
Felicia Day Comic-Con 2014 Voiced by Felicia Day
Patrick Stewart Comic-Con 2014 Voiced by Patrick Stewart
Stan Lee Comic-Con 2014 Voiced by Stan Lee
George Takei Comic-Con 2014 Voiced by George Takei
Bryan Cranston Comic-Con 2014 Voiced by Bryan Cranston
Ron Perlman Comic-Con 2014 Voiced by Ron Perlman
Nathan Fillion Comic-Con 2014 Voiced by Nathan Fillion
Predator Halloween 2014
Alien Halloween 2014
Jason Voorhees Halloween 2014
Freddy Krueger Halloween 2014
John McClane Christmas 2014 Voiced by Bruce Willis, courtesy of sound clips.
Gene Simmons Christmas 2014 Voiced by Gene Simmons, courtesy of sound clips.
Paul Stanley Christmas 2014 Voiced by Paul Stanley, courtesy of sound clips.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Valentine's Day 2015 Voiced by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Cheryl Tiegs Valentine's Day 2015 Voiced by Cheryl Tiegs
Benedict Cumberbatch Valentine's Day 2015 Voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch
William Riker Star Trek 2015 Voiced by Jonathan Frakes
Geordi La Forge Star Trek 2015 Voiced by LeVar Burton
Deanna Troi Star Trek 2015 Voiced by Marina Sirtis
Worf Star Trek 2015 Voiced by Michael Dorn
Guinan Star Trek 2015 Voiced by Whoopi Goldberg
Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek 2015 Voiced by Patrick Stewart, courtesy of sound clips from both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Family Guy.
Beverly Crusher Star Trek 2015 Voiced by Gates McFadden
Q Star Trek 2015 Voiced by John de Lancie
Data Star Trek 2015 Voiced by Brent Spiner
Spock Star Trek 2015 Voiced by Leonard Nimoy (posthumously)
James T. Kirk Star Trek 2015 Voiced by William Shatner
Khan Star Trek 2015
Scotty Star Trek 2015
Uhura Star Trek 2015 Voiced by Nichelle Nichols
Seven of Nine Star Trek 2015 Voiced by Jeri Ryan
Don Corleone The Fatfather 2015 Voiced by Marlon Brando, courtesy of sound clips.
Mike Tyson The Fatfather 2015 Voiced by Mike Tyson
Mr. Miyagi The Fatfather 2015 Voice by Pat Morita, courtesy of sound clips.
RoboCop The Fatfather 2015 Voiced by Peter Weller, courtesy of sound clips.
Magic Mike Magic Mike 2015 Voiced by Channing Tatum, courtesy of sound clips.
Avril Lavigne Peter Palooza Voiced by Avril Lavigne and free, self-titled album, Avril Lavigne, from Google Play once unlocking.
Snoop Dogg Peter Palooza Voiced by Snoop Dogg and free album, Bush, from Google Play once unlocking.
Alice Cooper Peter Palooza Voiced by Alice Cooper and free playlist album, The Very Best of Alice Cooper, from Google Play once unlocking.
Deadmau5 Peter Palooza
Weird Al Peter Palooza Voiced by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Rick Astley Peter Palooza Voiced by Rick Astley
Chucky Death at the Drive In Voice by Brad Dourif, courtesy of sound clips.
Ghostface Death at the Drive In
Pinhead Death at the Drive In Voiced by Doug Bradley, courtesy of sound clips.
Michael Myers Death at the Drive In Snippet of the Halloween theme is used instead.
Sarah Connor Raid to the North Pole Voiced by Linda Hamilton, courtesy of sound clips.
T-600 (Endoskeleton) Raid to the North Pole Machine sounds serves as voice dialogue.
Snake Plissken Raid to the North Pole Voiced by Kurt Russell, courtesy of sound clips.
T-1000 Raid to the North Pole Voiced by Robert Patrick, courtesy of sound clips.
John Rambo Raid to the North Pole Voiced by Sylvester Stallone, courtesy of sound clips.

UpdatesEdit

Event Currency New characters Date Year
Kingdom of the Full Moon Moon Idols King Butt May 30 – July 1 2014
Comic Con Blam! Energy Drinks George Takei; Stan Lee; Patrick Stewart; Ron Perlman; Felicia Day; Nathan Fillion; Bryan Cranston July 24 (iOS)/July 31 (Android) – September 8 2014
Endless Summer (Minor) Normal Kool-Aid Man September 26 – September 30 2014
Halloween 2014 Spirit Vials Alien; Predator; Jason Voorhees; Freddy Krueger; Diane Simmons; Mr Weed; Francis Griffin October 2 – November 7 2014
Quahog Clam Festival (Minor) Normal Stan Smith; Francine Smith; Roger Smith; Steve Smith; Hayley Smith November 7 – December 4 2014
Miracle on Spooner Street Gingerbread Men Santa; Jesus; Jasper Griffin; Barbara Pewterschmidt December 5 – December 31 2014
New Year 2015 (Minor) Normal Jillian January 1 – January 15 2015
Best of 2014 (Minor) Normal Past characters January 27 – February 3 2015
Valentines 2015 Valentines Cards Valentines Characters February 6 – February 26 2015
Star Trek Dilithium Star Trek Characters March 19 – May 7 2015
Sexy Firefighter (Minor) Normal No New Characters May 15 – May 27 2015
The Fatfather Cookies Don Corleone, Mr. Miyagi, Diabeto, RoboCop, Mike Tyson, Mr. Washee Washee, Cleveland Brown Jr. June 5 – July 9 2015
Magic Mike Strippers Underwear Magic Mike July 9 – July 16 2015
Peter Palooza Glowsticks Avril Lavigne; Snoop Dogg; Rick Astley; Alice Cooper; Weird Al; Deadmau5 August 11 – September 17 2015
Septemberfest Normal Angela, Opie September 17 – October 1 2015
Death at the Drive-In 3D glasses, Scream Points Chucky, Ghostface, Pinhead, Michael Myers, Death, Death's Mom, Satan, Hook Hand Albert, Esther, Ruth, Patrick Pewterschmidt October 1 – November 12 2015
Dog Multiverse (Minor) Normal No New Characters November 12 – November 27 2015
Thanksgiving Celebration Event Fat Coins Donna Tubbs Brown, Roberta Tubbs, Rallo Tubbs November 24 – December 4 2015
Raid to the North Pole Presents, Silver Bells Sarah Connor, T-600, Snake Plissken, John Rambo, T-1000, Kevin Swanson December 4 – January 7 2015

On May 31, 2014, an update was released, entitled "Kingdom of the Full Moon", an Indiana Jones-styled adventure that shows the addition of a museum themed on Ancient Egypt and involves collecting "moon idols" in order to find Cleveland Brown. The update was released less than three weeks after Cleveland's official return to the series following the cancellation of The Cleveland Show.[6]

On July 24, 2014, a San Diego Comic-Con International style update was released on iOS and was released on Android on July 31, 2014. It added a comic-con style building, new characters, costumes, and more. Guest playable celebrities include: George Takei, Stan Lee, Patrick Stewart, Ron Perlman, Felicia Day, Nathan Fillion and Bryan Cranston.[7][8][9]

From September 26–29, 2014, a minor update was released that gave players a limited opportunity to win the Kool-Aid Man as a playable character.[10]

On October 1, 2014, the game had its first Ghostbusters-style Halloween update. The update added Ghostbuster-styled outfits for Peter, Quagmire, Joe, and Cleveland, new haunted buildings, etc. The update also included deceased characters Diane Simmons, Francis Griffin, and Mr. Weed, as well as playable characters from classic horror films, including: Alien from Alien, Predator from Predator, Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th, and Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street.

On November 7, 2014, the game had a Quahog Clam Festival update. The update had Carl showing clips from American Dad! to earn free clams to the player's game. Plus, Stan Smith, Francine Smith, Steve Smith, Hayley Smith, and Roger from American Dad could become playable characters during the event. During the event, the update gave a nuke button in the inventory. Land would be destroyed, yet decorations and buildings would be saved in the inventory.

On December 5, 2014, the game had its Christmas update. The update let the player create gifts and send decorations and buildings to friends through its Facebook feature. Alternate skins included Sexy Santa Lois, Hanukkah Mort, Jingle Joe, Puppy Brian, and Angel Bruce, and new characters included Jasper, Jesus Christ, Santa Claus, Barbara Pewterschmidt, John McClane from Die Hard, and Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS.

On January 1, 2015, the game had its New Year's update. The update had buildings and decorations based on the Times Square New Year's Eve party. New outfits included New Year's Brian, New Year's Jillian and new characters included Jillian Russell-Wilcox.

On January 28, 2015, there was a best of 2014 event which brought back the best characters, costumes, decorations and buildings from 2014. Including King Butt, George Takei, Nathan Fillon, Stan Lee, Mr Weed, Dianne Simmons and multiple other costumes.

On February 5, 2015, the game's Valentine's Day update had been released. New outfits included Multiverse Meg, Beautiful Peter, and Glenda Vajmire. New characters include Ida Davis, Cupid, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cheryl Tiegs and Benedict Cumberbatch.

On March 19, 2015, a Star Trek-themed event was released. This update included an expansion to an alternate map aboard the Starship Enterprise, and new characters included numerous members of its cast: William Riker, Geordi La Forge, Deanna Troi, Worf, Guinan, Locutus, Beverly Crusher, Q, Data, James T. Kirk, Spock, Khan, Scotty, Uhura and Seven of Nine. New outfits included Starfleet Peter, Starfleet Lois, Ferengi Mort, Klingon Chris, Klingon Meg, Edo Herbert, Vulcan Quagmire, Talosian Stewie, Jean-Luc Picard (reverting Locutus to his human identity), Borg Consuela and Captain Pike Joe.

On May 15, 2015, a firefighter-themed event was released. New outfits included Sexy Firefighter Chris, Firefighter Seamus, and Fire Dog Brian.

On June 5, 2015, a Godfather-themed event entitled "The Fatfather" was released. New characters included Diabeto (who was a NPC in the Halloween 2014 event), Cleveland Jr, Mr. Washee Washee, The Judge, Detective Scrotes, Don Corleone, Mike Tyson, Mr. Miyagi, and RoboCop. New outfits included The Fatfather (Peter), Fight Promoter Cleveland, Gangster School Girl Tricia, Burnt Out Brian, Mob Wife Lois, Mob Wife Bonnie, Kingpin Consuela and Zoot Suit Stewie.

On July 10, 2015, a short Magic Mike-themed event was released, featuring the titular character as a new playable character. This event also included two new outfits, Magic Peter and Stripper Jerome, as well as Steroid Stewie and Stripper Bonnie, who were available in previous events.

On July 20, 2015, a mini event entitled "Invasion of the Hybrid Babies", based on the Season 13 episode "Stewie Is Enceinte", was released. New characters included Chip Griffin, and two of the hybrid babies, Finn and Jack. It also included one new outfit, Teen Mom Stewie.

On July 30, 2015, a week-long "Evil"-themed event was released. New characters included Retep and Evil Stewie (evil twins of Peter and Stewie, respectively), and Satan.

On August 8, 2015, a short 2-day themed event was released called Halloween Weekend. This event brought back items and costumes from Halloween 2014 (vampire Stewie, and Pink Brian). New costumes for Meg and Connie were released for a limited time along with new buildings.

On August 10, 2015, a month-long event called Peter Palooza was released. This featured a music festival and guest appearances from numerous famous musicians, and someone called Carl.

In 2016, Star Trek 2nd Contact launched and concluded on February 25, 2016. Return of Star Trek TNG cast and Scotty now added.

ReceptionEdit

Reviews
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings50% (iOS)[11]
Metacritic47/100 (iOS)[12]
Review scores
PublicationScore
EGM6.5/10[13]
Game Revolution4.5/5[14]
Arcade Sushi8.0/10[15]
STP7.5/10[16]

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff received generally mixed reviews from critics. Many praised its similarities to the look and video dialogue of the Family Guy show, but complained that it requires too much time to complete quests, digital goods are too expensive, and the text dialogue gets repetitive.[11][12][14] Some also pointed out the similarities between the game and The Simpsons: Tapped Out with Electronic Gaming Monthly noting, "Right from the get-go, you can tell that Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is a carbon copy of The Simpsons: Tapped Out."[13] However, Arcade Sushi disagreed, stating "The great news is that although it could have easily copied The Simpsons: Tapped Out note for note, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff succeeds on its own creative merits."[15] The game's screen design has been used as model for the fictional Terrance & Phillip freemium game criticized in South Park's episode "Freemium Isn't Free".[17]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff — Intro Video — Mobile Game". TinyCo. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Hilliard, Kyle (April 4, 2014). "Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff Coming To Mobile Next Week". Game Informer. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Perlman, Jake (April 10, 2014). "'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff' mobile game puts the future of Quahog in your hands". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Tach, Dave (April 3, 2014). "Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff destroys Quahog and hits Android and iOS April 10". Polygon. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "TinyCo, Fox Digital Entertainment partner for Family Guy mobile game". Inside Mobile Apps. December 10, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "'Family Guy The Quest for Stuff' Kingdom Of The Full Moon Update Coming Soon, Offers Egyptian Museum, Cleveland?". Game & Guide. 2014-05-30.
  7. ^ "Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff Comic-Con Update Now Available: Here's How To Unlock Patrick Stewart!". Game & Guide. 2014-07-24. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
  8. ^ Dormehl, Luke (July 23, 2014). "Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff gets a Comic-Con-themed update". Cult of Mac. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  9. ^ Bond, John-Michael (July 26, 2014). "Family Guy the Quest for Stuff has a new cameo filled Comic Con-themed update". TUAW. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  10. ^ "Quest for Stuff Quick Walkthrough: Kool-Aid's Endless Summer… – Family Guy Addicts". Family Guy Addicts.
  11. ^ a b "Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff". GameRankings. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff". Metacritic. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  13. ^ a b "EGM Review: Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff". Electronic Gaming Monthly. April 18, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff Review". Game Revolution. April 14, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff review". Arcade Sushi. April 15, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  16. ^ "STP Review: Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff". Slide To Play. April 14, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  17. ^ Kuchera, Ben (November 12, 2014). "South Park's free-to-play jokes were based on a Family Guy game". Polygon. Retrieved May 8, 2015.

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