Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is a freemium video game for iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.1 based on the American animated series Family Guy released by FOX Digital Entertainment and developer TinyCo. It allows users to create and run their own version of Quahog using familiar characters and buildings. It features an original story conceived by the show’s writers in which Quahog has been destroyed and it’s up to you to bring it back to its former glory. Some of the show’s main actors, like Seth MacFarlane (Peter, Stewie, Brian), Alex Borstein (Lois),Mila Kunis (Meg), and Seth Green (Chris) collaborated with TinyCo. for the project.
Family Guy is cancelled again and Fox assembles citizens of Quahog to explain why. It’s revealed that Ernie the Giant Chicken is responsible and Peter challenges him to a fight. The ensuing brawl quickly results in mass destruction of Quahog. As the game play begins, it is up to the player to help Peter restore Quahog and reunite him with his friends and family.
Players guide the cast of Family Guy in rebuilding the town of Quahog. The game includes quests for the player to complete, such as helping Peter become a pirate, helping Glenn Quagmire find Gold Digger Island, and helping Mayor Adam West survive the town’s running of the bulls. Players may purchase optional digital goods to speed up, decorate, or differentiate gameplay. As players continue, their personalized Quahog grows with additional characters, places, and situations from the Family Guy universe. The game also features FaceSpace, an in-game Facebook-like social network where the game’s characters can interact and post new level achievements. Players can also visit their friend’s personalized Quahogs.
The game was developed by TinyCo and published by Fox Digital Entertainment and was released in the iOS App Store and Google Play store in most countries on April 10, 2014. The game was written by the Family Guy show writers. The voices were provided by the show’s voice actors. The character pages for the game’s FaceSpace were all created specifically for the game with new original content related to the game’s quests.
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff has received generally mixed reviews from critics. Many praised its similarities to the look and video dialogue of the Family Guy show, but complained that it requires too much time to complete quests, digital goods are too expensive, and the text dialogue gets repetitive. Some also pointed out the similarities between the game and The Simpsons: Tapped Out with Electronic Gaming Monthly noting, “Right from the get-go, you can tell that Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is a carbon copy of The Simpsons: Tapped Out.” However, Arcade Sushi disagreed, stating “The great news is that although it could have easily copied The Simpsons: Tapped Out note for note, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff succeeds on its own creative merits.”