|As so often happens in this sort of game, you wake up in a strange room with no recollection of where you are, who you are, or what your purpose is. You lift your head off a gray pillow and look around.|
Purpose Quest is an adventure by Stephen. It is one of the first adventures to have a definate planned out storyline, with thought-through puzzles and a definate ending point. It is one of the first adventures that was completed.
Buddy Hanson wakes up in a strange place with no memory of who he is, where he is or what he is doing there. He explores this strange place, solving weird puzzle shit and occasionally getting into fights with rats and dogs. After a significant amount of puzzling he finds a note written by someone calling themselves Recondite Antagonistic Force, or RAF. The note sounds threatening but confused. After more adventuring Buddy eventually confronts RAF, with a strange glowing sword that he found. He splits into three parts and attacks RAF. The battle is long and hard but eventually Buddy prevails and wakes up back where he started. However things seem somewhat off and the world doesn't seem to be making much sense any more. Buddy eventually gets rather annoyed and attacks the door that is blocking his progress with an axe. As he breaks through it is revealed that he has been playing a computer game called Purpose Quest. It is the world's first total immersion virtual reality game. The axe smashes through the virtual reality booth and Buddy emerges. The virtual reality booth had been hacked and the hacker, Raf, is seen running away.
The ending leaves a good amount of ambiguity and unanswered questions. How did Buddy manage to smash his way out with a virtual reality axe? Why was Raf hacking the game in the first place?
- Buddy Hanson
Buddy spends most of the adventure unaware of his identity, and even at the end of the adventure we know little about him. Despite being a rather basic stickman Buddy is easily recognisable because of his red cap and axe.
Raf is the man behind RAF. He messed around with Buddy's environment placing difficult and complicated puzzles in the way of his escape. Why he did this is unclear. All we see of RAF is him fleeing the scene at the very end of the adventure.