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This Pong RPG looks surprisingly fun

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Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Some days you hear about a new video game and you can’t help but roll your eyes, release a deeply-held sigh, and then lie down and take a nap. Today was one of those days, and the game in question is called Pong Quest, a role-playing game based on the old Atari classic. But, before I fell into a catatonic stupor, I managed to watch the brief trailer ... and it’s actually really interesting.

“Traverse the land as a cheerful and totally adorable Pong paddle and embark on a journey that will dictate the fate of the Pong World,” Atari says in an accompanying news release. “Delve into unexplored dungeons, all of which are loosely based on other classic Atari titles, and defeat the evil that lurks there by taking part in intense, classically-inspired Pong battles.”

Aside from the decidedly phallic shape of the Pong characters themselves, everything here looks like a lot of wholesome fun. Expect gravity-based tricks to play a big role in the final product. The game will also include a multiplayer mode, so what you unlock in the course of your questing can be remixed into fun couch co-op action.

Pong Quest will be available this spring for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC via Steam, and Xbox One for $14.99.

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