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Quaito is a indie game produced by Origan Devs for the Nintendo Switch. It was released worldwide on the 15 November of 2022, after being teased during the Sparkling Summer Fan Fest ‘22 Origan Devs Direct. The game follows Jimmy, a Thirdborn sold to The Pit by his parents, his friends, and their common journey to escape The Pit, a place where Thirdborns, monsters, and gladiators are sent to fight to the death. This led to Jimmy and his friends to quickly mature and grow mentally, not knowing the end of their journey …
Quaito follows the adventure of Jimmy after the 10-year-old gets sold to The Pit. Alone, with only one friend in Tim, Jimmy is determined to escape The Pit, along with any friend he makes along the way. While in The Pit, Jimmy learns about himself, Quaito, a magical power only available to thirdborns, that allows him to emit and manipulate energy by dealing or receiving damage, his friends, and the cruel world that he is confronted to. All of these experiences make Jimmy beacons more mature and self-aware as he progresses through The Pit, The Depths, and the cruel world of Quaito.
For the story itself, see here.
Quaito plays as a mix of an adventure game and a hack-and-slash game. The game revolves around completing certain tasks, exploring the Depths, defeating enemies using the resources given to the protagonist, Jimmy, and learning combos making use of Jimmy’s fighting skills and his magic abilities, named Quaito. Quaito is a magic power uniquely present to Thirdborns like Jimmy. Quaito can serve as anything; however, you need to accumulate damage or dish out damage to properly channel Quaito. The game also features a brewing system. By using all the tools provided to the protagonist, you will progress further into Quaito, and eventually beat the game. After you beat the game, you unlock Hardcore Mode, a harder version of the game which serves to test the player’s skill.
Health and Endurance
Jimmy has a Health Wheel, which represents Jimmy’s health. Getting hit by enemies or bosses makes you lose a segment of the health wheel. Once all 10 segments are emptied, the game ends as a Game Over. Jimmy also has an Endurance Wheel, which empties by climbing, or swimming. If it’s empty, you cannot execute these actions, and are as such limited to the ground !
Combos is the name of all the attacks available in Quaito. They all have advantages and disadvantages, and finding combos that suits your playstyle is a must for your strategy. Combos may seem simple, but they are in fact quite technical : combos have their own utilty, and when used right, sport untapped potential, but using it wrong will lead into a certain Game Over.
Your Grounded Combos
Jimmy’s repertoire of Ground Combos. Ground Combos are usually used to start combo strings of attacks, which means that they are weak on their own, but are deadly when stringed together.
Your Aerial Combos
Jimmy’s repertoire of Aerial Combos. Aerial Combos are used to extend Combos. Thanks to they fast speed and combo potential, Aerial Combos can easily be used to keep enemies checked.
Your Quaito-Induced Combos
Jimmy’s repertoire of Combos, ground or aerial, with a little bit of Quaito involved. Most moves need about 7 segments of the Heath Wheel remaining to use properly. These combos are incredibly powerful when used right. Some Combos are meant to be used as a Combo Starter, Combo Extenders, or to finish enemies off when the time is right.
Loot are objects dropped from enemies, or obtained from the overworld. Jimmy can collect loot by pressing A (Interact) near any collectable objects. Collected Loot can then be found in the inventory. Some loot (which are usually Brewing Loot) are rarer than others. Loot can be stacked together in their respective items, with up to 15 in one slot at a time. It is best to only have one stack for each loot to have more options to heal and brew, however. They have two different classes : Healing Loot and Brewing Loot.
Healing Loot are objects that heal Jimmy by their respective amount. Some loot heal more than others. This type of Loot is indicated by a miniature Health Wheel in the inventory.
Brewing loot are objects that are eligible in brewing. These objects are usually rare. This type of loot is indicated by a miniature potion in the inventory.
These characters are usually not playable characters, helping our protagonist when they can. Supporting Characters are sometimes playable, and share the same moveset as Jimmy, with some key differences :
These characters try to impede and kill Jimmy and his friends during their adventure.
Monsters are considered to be the many types of enemies found in The Depths (Or the guards of The Pit). Unlike bosses, upon initiating a battle with monsters, a health bar won’t be put up on the screen. To initiate a battle with any monster, you need to either get hit or damage the enemy. Upon death, monsters drop loot which can be used to heal, or brew potions.
Bosses are a class of monsters (or humans) that upon contact, will attack you as a health bar appears on-screen. Bosses can be found in The Pit or in The Depths. A distinctive trait of Bosses is that once a battle is initiated, Jimmy, Tim, Bryce, or Scott are unable to flee without consequences. They are forced to fight them head on ! Bosses drop no loot, and are made to test a player’s skill.
Quaito takes place in two main locations : The Pit and The Depths. Most of the time, you explore The Depths, except during one chapter, where you have to explore The Pitquarters, and The Pit for the first time. Some locations have relative importance, such as the Docks having 2 boss battles there, or The Pit, which is where most of the fighting takes place.
The Pit is where most of the fights take place. Fighting against many opponents, Jimmy, Tim, Bryce, and later Scott will have to find the right methods to defeat their set opponent. As The Pit has never been mapped, Jimmy and his friends have trouble navigating this place of death, death and more death.
Below Jimmy, Tim and Bryce’s cell, you can find The Depths. Home to many monsters, The Depths is a cruel place where most perish, but that is a myth to anyone. There is a map of The Depths, found in the library. The Depths are divided in a multitude of locations, such as :
After beating Quaito for the first time, players have access to Hardcore Mode. In Hardcore Mode, the game becomes much harder. Monsters now are faster, stronger and have more health, Loot becomes rarer, and Bosses are much harder to beat. To make this test of wits even harder, upon death, players lose everything, and have to start over again. However, Jimmy also gains access to two unique Hardcore Combos, which are combos who deal a huge number of damage, but deal recoil damage. These moves are usually unlocked late into Hardcore Mode. Finally, upon beating Hardcore Mode, players learn the truth of what happened to Jimmy : the ten-year old is revealed to have miraculously survived Leopold’s OHKO axe, at the cost of his own sanity.
These Combos are unique and only unlocked and usable in Hardcore Mode. They offer unique strategies, and deal huge numbers of damage, but have the downside of damaging Jimmy in return.
Quaito has several built-in anti-piracy measures. If the system suspects that it is running an illegitimate copy of Quaito, or if it is believed that the game is being played on an emulator, several changes will occur. These changes are intended to make the game incredibly frustrating to the point where the player would simply prefer to buy a legitimate copy: