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SteamWorld Quest's prototype phase include paper-made prototypes

Tabletop gaming

As we mentioned previously, the idea for SteamWorld Quest came from an internal pitch session among staffers. The next question is, how did the card game mechanics actually get worked out? According to Image & Form's Peter Johansson, the whole process started with three paper prototypes.

After we discussed our options, we decided to sit down and make some paper prototypes to see if we could nail down a workable concept. There were three designers at that time, so each of us went off to a corner alone with some paper and a pair of scissors and made three independent paper prototypes for a card battle game that fit what we wanted for the game.

We played the prototypes for a while -- essentially simulating a boss battle with one person “playing” a computer-controlled enemy -- and evaluated each in terms of what we felt worked and what didn’t. Then, we made a fourth prototype that combined the best ideas from each, and once we felt it was a strong enough foundation to work from we made a computer implementation of it.

We knew from the start we wanted five heroes each of their own color, so that was in the fourth prototype. As mentioned, there were three card types. The rule at the time was that you would draw a hand of cards, then you could play any number of cards so long as they were either all from the same hero or all of the same card type. Each card also had an initiative value that determined whether it was a fast attack or a slow one, to incentivize the player to think about whether to gamble on slow but powerful attacks or try to sneak in quick ones before the enemy could react.

Monsters acted almost exactly like they do in the final game, except for the initiative values on cards. They also didn’t have finisher cards at the time; that only came after we added steam pressure to the game.

Image & Form shares a heartfelt message with fans on the eve of SteamWorld Quest launching

Tomorrow's the day!

SteamWorld Quest hits the Switch tomorrow, and it looks to be another huge success for Image & Form. The team seems like they really know what it takes to make fantastic titles, with SteamWorld Quest continuing that tradition. As a bit of a thank-you leading into SteamWorld Quest's launch, the team at Image & Form shared some kind words with their fans across the world.

All right, so tomorrow will be here in roughly a day or so! Tomorrow, April 25, we release our latest game, SteamWorld Quest, and we can’t wait to let you play it. 10 AM CEST / 2 AM PDT, to be exact.

Every Image & Form game takes a long time to make. We started development of Quest in September 2017, and it’s hard to imagine that a year and a half has already passed. Over 500 tomorrows have come and gone, and now it won’t be just our baby anymore.

When we asked our community, you told us that you wanted an RPG. It’s been a childhood dream of many of us to make one, and here it is – served up with awesome trademark Image & Form gameplay, graphics and music.

Check out the full blog here

SteamWorld Quest - another round of gameplay


SteamWorld Quest is the roleplaying card game you’ve been waiting for! Lead a party of aspiring heroes through a beautifully hand-drawn world and intense battles using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck choosing from over 100 unique punch-cards!

GoNintendo Video Review - SteamWorld Quest

Steam dream

Not surprisingly, Image & Form continues to make magic with their SteamWorld series. SteamWorld Quest is a wonderful experience top to bottom.

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IGN Video Review - SteamWorld Quest

SteamWorld Quest is the roleplaying card game you’ve been waiting for! Lead a party of aspiring heroes through a beautifully hand-drawn world and intense battles using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck choosing from over 100 unique punch-cards!

SteamWorld Quest - gameplay round-up





SteamWorld Quest is the roleplaying card game you’ve been waiting for! Lead a party of aspiring heroes through a beautifully hand-drawn world and intense battles using only your wits and a handful of cards. Take on whatever threat comes your way by crafting your own deck choosing from over 100 unique punch-cards!

Image & Form talks SteamWorld Quest DLC chances, sequels to other SteamWorld games, retail releases, gameplay length, and much more

TONS of SteamWorld info!

Image & Form hosted a Reddit AMA today about SteamWorld Quest. As you might have guessed, the team also fielded questions on the SteamWorld universe in general, and much more. Check out a quick summary of things discussed below.

- no DLC planned, but if the game does well, that might change
- three different difficulty settings, ranging from "pretty easy but still challenging" to "devilishly hard"
- SteamWorld Heist sequel is 'not impossible,' but the team is focused on Quest for the time being
- Quest does hint at how it ties into the whole SteamWorld universe
- a SteamWorld Tower Defense port might happen at some point
- around 20 hours of gameplay in the main story
- there are extra challenges to tackle after the story is finished
- physical release for Quest is coming later this year, and there might be something in the works for other titles as well
- Docked: 1080p 60fps, Handheld: 720 60fps
- SteamWorld Quest digital soundtrack coming soon
- when asked if Image & Form has approached Nintendo about one of their IPs appearing in an I&F game, the dev said "Maybe!"
- some cards are impossible to miss, while others are hidden in chests and other areas
- the team would have loved to do full voice acting and a bigger game world, but budget restrictions held them back
- Switch is the most successful platform by far for SteamWorld Dig 2
- Quest started out as a completely different game, which the team will talk about at a later date

SteamWorld Quest official launch trailer, plus new screens and art

Looking steamy


SteamWorld Quest is the roleplaying card game you’ve been waiting for! Lead a party of aspiring heroes through a hand-drawn world and build, craft and upgrade your party’s decks in order to stop an ancient menace…

Image & Form hosting SteamWorld Quest Reddit AMA on April 22nd, 2019

SteamWorld Questions

Got some questions about SteamWorld Quest? Why not have them answered by Image & Form? The developer has announced that they're running a Reddit AMA on April 22nd, 2019 at 10 AM EDT. If this sounds like something you want to get in on, make sure to bookmark the Reddit AMA link now!

SteamWorld Quest now available to preload on Switch

Blow off some steam

SteamWorld Quest launches for the Switch on April 24th, 2019. As of right now, the only way to get the game will be through the eShop. If you plan on grabbing the game, you'll be happy to know that preloads are now available. Hop on the option now, and then jump right into the game when it launches!