|Influences||Red-box D&D, Gauntlet, Desktop Dungeons, angband|
|Released||2010 Oct 26 (prototype)|
|Updated||2011 Dec 6 (1.2)|
|Platforms||Windows, Mac OS X, Linux|
|Interface||Tiles, Keyboard, Mouse|
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Cardinal Quest is an arcade-style dungeon-crawler inspired by 1980s classics such as Gauntlet, Red-Box D&D and Golden Axe: Choose your champion and begin your quest to slay the Evil Minotaur!
The gameplay for Cardinal Quest is simple, with the player able to move and attack in four directions using the arrow keys.
The control scheme is simplified, with single buttons performing multiple functions (e.g. the "wait" key also descends stairs) and special functions and items mapped to numeric hotkeys.
Special abilities are found lying on the ground like items, and need time to recharge after every use.
At the start of the game, the player is able to choose between three distinct character classes: The Fierce Fighter, Mystical Wizard, and Stealthy Thief.
The Fighter is described as the simplest class, and the best for beginning players.
The Fighter is a berserker class, relying on melee hits and having the special ability to go into a frenzy.
The Wizard is, as the name suggests, reliant on the ability to cast magic spells.
The Stealthy Thief is described in-game as being the most difficult class, as it relies on agility and speed to avoid damage rather than actively fighting.
Cardinal Quest is a tile-based Roguelike with retro graphics. Animations are, for the most part, kept to a minimum, with a hop accompanying each step and hit. The graphical style is simplistic and cartoonish.