Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is a free-to-play farming title that will attempt to corner the market that went gaga over The Simpsons: Tapped Out. Since we're dealing with the Family Guy universe, the humor is a bit raunchier than what Springfield has to offer. But you already knew that, and if Seth MacFarlane's humor is in your wheelhouse, than this app is what the doctor ordered.
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. The humorous interactions among Quahog's denizens should keep gamers hooked right off the bat, as the developers understand that it's the comedy, and not just the chance to just build homes and plant trees, which will keep them coming back for more.
To build Quahog, as well as unlock other characters in the game, you must give your Peter and Chris Griffin various tasks to accomplish. An exclamation point that appears over the head signified that they are ready to work, and once you tap them a menu of activities will appear on screen. Choosing their respective job requires a tap on a select icon on sliding that icon over the character's head. Once you place that icon over the person's thought bubble, the job is ready to commence.
Building homes, commercial buildings, and having your main characters perform various tasks earns you currency and builds up your experience points. The free-to-play mechanic kicks in with the use of clams, a premium item which enables you to speed up the farming process. Clams are not immediately necessary within the first couple of hours of play, especially if you're a patient iOS gamer. Neither Rome nor Quahog were built in a day, and the developers' goal behind Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is to have players return for weeks, if not months, on end. Don't expect a freemium cash grab within the first 15 minutes, but down the road you may be spending a few bucks for a clam package.
I'm usually annoyed with the Facebook integration with most apps, but Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff calls out the elephant in the room by creating their own social media spoof. Once you unlock a few characters, you can check out their FaceSpace status. Bonnie Swanson never fails to amuse me, and with this app you can actually build a stripper pole and watch her twerk. Personally, I'd rather hang with her and watch The Mentalist.
The final verdict on Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff will come down to how much attention and care the developers put into the product. If they follow the Tapped Out model and continue to pump out special buildings and items to add to Quahog, then the sky's the limit for this app. Several hours into the title, I'm living vicariously through the Griffins and their various neighbors. Whether it's sending Peter off to have a few beers at the Drunken Clam, giving Chris six hours worth of private time with a Kleenex box, or even building a stripper pole for Bonnie, the Quest for Stuff activities are far from boring.
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is off to a great start and as a free to play title it has tons of game play to offer without even spending a nickel. I was hooked on The Simpsons: Tapped Out for over a year, and since questionable humor is my cup of tea, my Quahog days are far from over.
This review was completed with a downloaded copy of The Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff for iOS.