Lion Quest User Guide

Lion Quest is a platforming game made by Dracula’s Cave. Here’s everything you may need to know for your adventure.

[1] Getting started

Installing the game

You can install Lion Quest through the Mac App Store. The recommended minimum spec is as follows:

OS X 10.8 or later
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 ghz or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities
Hard Drive: 400 MB available space

Graphics/configuration screen
The game’s resolution and quality settings can changed from the options menu in-game. This is accessed from the pause menu (esc/P).

By default Lion Quest will launch in fullscreen at the native resolution of the connected display. Windowed mode can be toggled from the pause menu (esc/P) or by pressing the F key.

The graphics quality setting alters the anti-aliasing level. High uses 4x multi sampling, Medium uses 2x, and Fast disables anti-aliasing. Fast also turns off the day/night cycle for increased performance. This setting can be adjusted independently using the in-game options.

You can play Lion Quest using either the keyboard or an Xbox One/360 controller.
The default key configurations are as follows:

Arrow keys – Move
Space – Jump
P (or esc) – Pause
F – Fullscreen

X – Zen
Z – Master Zen
R – Reset player
</> – Camera
L – Camera (zoom)

Xbox One/360 controller
Left analogue stick
or d–pad – Move
A – Jump
Start – Pause

X – Zen
B – Master Zen
LB – Reset player
Right analogue stick
– Camera (R3 – Zoom)

Lion Quest has an auto-save feature that will remember which levels have been completed. Other items such as the coin balance, collectibles, achievement progress and high scores are automatically saved.

There is a quick save option that can be used to suspend play midway through one of the game’s main levels. When available this can be selected from the pause menu (Save + Quit).

The progress screen indicates which levels have been completed with the currently selected character. This is found on the right hand side of the title screen, and is loaded upon completing a level. Later on in the game it can also be accessed from the Level Select. Individual progress for all characters can be viewed on the Character Select screen.

To quit a level pause the game using P (or start) and select the ‘Quit (Level)’ option. To quit the game and return to the desktop select ‘Quit (Desktop)’.

In-game options can be accessed from the pause menu whilst on the Level Select. Here the graphics quality can be changed, music and audio settings can be modified, tutorials can be replayed, the day/night cycle can be toggled on and off, and save data can be deleted. Controller bindings can be changed from the Lion Quest Configuration screen.

[2] Playing Lion Quest

You are Jethro the Lion. You can move using the arrow keys (or analogue stick) and jump by pressing the space bar (or A). You can explore the world, complete levels, and unlock new characters and content. The game starts with a five stage tutorial that explains the basics, and tutorial levels can be replayed from the options menu.

Level Select
The Level Select is the game’s main hub, and from here levels and modes can be accessed. At the beginning of the game much of this area is blocked off, but as levels are completed new shortcuts and pathways will open up. Lion Quest VS, the Lion Quest gift shop, Lion Quest Arcade, and the Character Select screen can also be accessed here.

The game’s levels are sequentially numbered, although to a certain extent can be played in a different order. Each number is marked on the Level Select and can be accessed using the nearby entrance.

Unlocking characters
There are eight unlockable characters who can be used once certain goals have been met. Some characters can be purchased from the Lion Quest gift shop with coins collected in levels, and alternative unlock requirements are also detailed there.

Stats and abilities
Each character has unique stats and abilities. These range from variations in speed and jump height to special attributes that alter how the game is played more dramatically. This information is detailed on the Character Select screen.

Character Select
The character select is a blue portal found on the Level Select. It is not visible until at least one character has been unlocked.

Lion Quest gift shop
The Lion Quest gift shop can be found on the Level Select. Here coins collected in levels can be used to buy new characters and shortcuts. Level 3 must be completed to gain access to the gift shop entrance.

Keys & Gems
Throughout the Lion Quest world eight keys and eight gems are hidden away in super-secret locations. The keys can only be collected by Jethro the Lion or Jefferson the Fox, and the gems can only be found by Mildred the Owl.

Getting stuck
In the unfortunate event that you get stuck you can reset to the last checkpoint by pressing R (or LB).

Stray Animals
You’ll need to look out for danger on your adventure, and this includes stray animals that roam the levels. Jump on their heads to clear the way or avoid them altogether, but be careful not to run into them.

New Friends
Not everyone you’ll meet needs to be avoided, and during your Lion Quest adventure you’ll encounter friendly animals that you can team up with to solve puzzles and access new areas. It’s easy to spot these ones as they’ll respond to player control.

Magic Triangle
The mysterious Magic Triangle can alter your perspective on the game’s world. Collecting one of these reveals an extra dimension that’s usually hard to spot. If you’d rather play the game in 2D the Magic Triangle doesn’t need to be picked up.

Zen is the art of controlling falling objects using your mind. This ability is unlocked partway into the game, and is introduced with a tutorial explaining how to use it.

[3] Arcade

Alongside the main game is Lion Quest Arcade, a single-player mode where you play a series of challenge stages for a high score. These levels are a combination of remixed content from the main worlds as well as all-new courses. Lion Quest Arcade can be accessed from the AC item on the Level Select, or directly from the pause menu.

There are three sets of stages to play through, and these increase in both length and difficulty. Beginner is composed of 10 stages, Intermediate is 15 and Advanced 25. A fourth Expert set is also available, and this combines all previous stages into a run of 50. Warning: this is one of the toughest challenges in the game.

Scoring points
In Lion Quest Arcade points are scored as follows:
Time bonus – 1pt for every second left (on level clear)
No reset bonus – 20pt (on level clear)
Every enemy defeated – 10pt
Every coin collected – 5pt
Fall penalty – minus 50pt (plus life lost)

Info strip
The info strip is displayed at the top of the screen during Lion Quest Arcade, and details the current state of your game.

Lives – found on the left. You begin each set with five lives, and you’ll lose one by either falling off the map or running out of time. Once all five are gone it’s game over.

Time – each level has a time limit, which is usually 60 seconds although is extended to 90 on some of the larger stages.

Score – view the current score and high score here.

Clearing levels
Your goal is the pink portal. Find this and jump into it by any means necessary to clear the level.

High scores
Local leaderboards are found on the set select screen. If you make the top ten you can enter your name upon completing a set. All scores are saved automatically.

[4] Multiplayer

Lion Quest has a multiplayer mode called Lion Quest VS. This can be accessed from the VS item on the Level Select, or directly from the pause menu.

There are two main modes; a co-operative version of the main game titled ‘2 Player Adventure’ and competitive multiplayer for 2–4 players.

2 Player Adventure
This is a co-op mode where two people can play through the game’s main levels. Progress here is transferable with the single-player game.

Unlike Lion Quest VS, where all characters are available from the start, additional characters must be unlocked for use in 2 Player Adventure. This is apart from Jefferson the Fox, who is available by default to ensure a minimum of two characters are selectable.

The 2 Player Adventure character select screens are independent to those in competitive multiplayer.

Versus Multiplayer
Play competitively with up to four players. Jump on the other characters and try to avoid letting them jump on you. Specific rules can be configured using the ‘Rules’ item on the Lion Quest VS. main menu.

There are ten maps to play, and these can be chosen using the map select. A further five can be unlocked from the map shop. All nine characters are available, irrespective of their single-player unlock state.

Each character has their own stats and special abilities – these mix up the single-player game but also mean that some are at an advantage in multiplayer. This can be used as a handicap to let players of different skill levels play competitively.

To help explain the differences, individual stats are displayed and each character is placed into one of three classes:

Beginner – These characters have particularly strong base stats and are perfect for beginners playing against more experience players.

Intermediate – Characters with standard stats, ideal for players of the same skill level who want to play competitively.

Advanced – Characters with unique special abilities. These require advanced skill to use effectively, but can give a large advantage once mastered. They are ideal for experimenting and mixing up games.

A note about Roy the Pig: in the single-player Roy the Pig has a unique special ability that’s a little too effective for multiplayer. To balance this
mode his double jump has been disabled.

Multiplayer controls
Lion Quest VS. can be played using up to four controllers. There is a controller identifier on the main menu screen that shows which controller controls which player. Alternatively a keyboard can be used for input. The default keys are as follows:

Player 1 (red)
Arrow keys – Move
Space – Jump
Up – alt. Jump

Player 2 (blue)
A/D – Move
M – Jump
W – alt. Jump

Player 3 (green)
G/J – Move
Z – Jump
Y – alt. Jump

Player 4 (yellow)
K/; – Move
B – Jump
O – alt. Jump

P (or esc) – Pause
F – Fullscreen
X – Zen
Z – Master Zen

Left analogue stick
– Move
A – Jump
Start – Pause
X – Zen
B – Master Zen


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