The Unexpected Quest is an enjoyable time-management/light RTS game which takes around 6 to 10h to complete. You have to get 3 stars on every chapter to get all the achievements, but you can replay the chapters.
Approximate amount of time to 100%: 6-10h
Estimated achievement difficulty: 3/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1, there is chapter selection
Is there a good guide available: You don’t need a guide
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: No
DLC-Only achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty option
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
The Unexpected Quest is a fun time-management/light RTS game. In the beginning, I saw some elements from games like the “12 Labours of Hercules/Hermes” kind of games. You need food, wood and gold to build buildings and recruit fighters, for those resources. You’ll need to build production buildings and have the workers collect up those resources. Later there are some more RTS mechanics involved but it’s always a very light form of RTS.
The game has 8 chapters, the first 3 are very short and function as a tutorial for the rest of the game. Each chapter has some new mechanics to make things a little bit more complicated. I really disliked the time mechanics in chapter 7 but the rest of the game was a lot of fun.
You also have to manage your inventory. You can only have 6 items active, which includes the weapons for all 3 fighting characters, some items to give more resources and you also want to have potions with you. There is a chest in which you can store a lot more items, but those aren’t active and you can’t easily access them while in a battle.
The achievements for The Unexpected Quest are for the most part very easy. Almost all achievements you’ll unlock just by playing through the game. You might have to look out for the snowman in Chapter 3 and cleaning the beach in Chapter 6 but if you miss those, they are right at the start of the level, so you can go back to that chapter later and get them within a few seconds of entering that level.
The hardest achievement in this game will be to get 3 stars on each chapter. To get the 3 stars you have to complete all the main and side quests in each chapter, open up all the chests and the hardest part of all… your workers and fighters aren’t allowed to die. For this one, I suggest saving the game before you try to fight a risky enemy and if somebody dies, reload a save file from before he died and try again. You can see on which chapter you have all the stars, so if you missed one, you’ll know very easily which chapter to replay and get that missing star(s).
I enjoyed The Unexpected Quest a lot, it didn’t overstay its welcome, it kept me intrigued enough to keep playing and finish the game, which took me around 10h to fully complete but I should note; that includes some idle time when something IRL work-related popped up, where I’d have to tend to that and also me replaying chapter 4 because one of my workers had died, without me noticing it.
This review for The Unexpected Quest was written on 6 December 2020, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 15 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.