Starter Quest

Starter Quest

A podcast where we look at classic video games through the eyes of a noob. Each episode, Alessandro Crolla shares his 30 years of gaming experience with gaming newcomer Jen Hughes by taking a deep dive through a classic game, to see how it holds up to fresh eyes and beginner thumbs.


May 27, 2023 118 mins

It’s time for another shot at shooting, as we take to the streets of Neo Los Angeles to play PC’s most un-PC character; Duke Nukem 3D. Come join us as we grab a big gun in one hand, a hot babe in the other, and spit angry takes over gaming’s biggest meathead (until Super Meat Boy, obviously).


Episode theme - Bassbag by bLiNd - Available as part of BadAss: Paragons & Renegades album CONTENTS (00:17) Introduction  (04:53) Pre-play...

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We're back with the Side Quest series, putting down the controllers and taking a trip to the movies instead. We take one final look at Final Fantasy VII to watch the sequel movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Come join us to see how Square Enix handle the memory of the most successful Final Fantasy game.


Episode theme - Love Everlasting by DDRKirby(ISQ)


Special thanks to Spad;ly for One winged angel, but I’m playing it on...

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April 3, 2023 191 mins

We return to the PlayStation for another epic journey into the world of Japanese roleplay gaming, to play one of it’s most famous (and expensive) titles with Final Fantasy VII. Come join us as we tell the tale of adventure, love, eco-terrorism, and Chocobos.

Episode theme - A World of Piano by kLuTz


CONTENTS (00:21) Introduction  (04:53) Pre-playthrough interview (19:41) Rules of gameplay (20:57) Intermission to post-playthrough...

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Welcome to our very first bonus episode of the podcast; Side Quest.


In this inaugural episode, we take a look back over our first full year (and the 2 episodes from 2021) of the podcast. We give our thoughts and feedback on each episode, share our highlights, and make some corrections to the mistakes we made. We also share some cut content from our first 8 episodes to bring you a few outtakes, derailed discussions, and other hi...

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January 24, 2023 104 mins

Our first episode to feature a guest host as we invite our editor Mark O'Hare out from the editing booth to come talk about one of his favourite games. We go back to the world of platforming for a game (or should I say 8 games) with Nintendo's most adorable pink abomination, in Kirby Superstar.  Come join us for platforming’s last chance to impress our resident noob before she writes the genre off as something she doesn’t like.



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October 31, 2022 140 mins

Happy Halloween! To celebrate the month of scares we play our first PlayStation game to play the highly influential zombie classic Resident Evil. Come join our cowardly noob as we try to spend a night alone in the house of survival horror.


Episode theme - Resident Evil 1 - Save Room Music Remix by Mono Memory


CONTENTS (00:20) Introduction  (03:52) Pre-playthrough interview (17:79) Rules of gameplay (20:03) Intermission to post-...

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September 22, 2022 193 mins

Come join us for our first double feature episode! We take the battle to the arcades to find out which classic fighting game is going to take home the title of Starter Quest Champion; between the Japanese legend Street Fighter II, and the American classic Mortal Kombat. Two games will enter, and only shall leave with the title of being better for our resident noob!


Episode theme 1 - Frets of Fury by vertexguy

Episode theme 2 - Mo...

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August 11, 2022 118 mins

We play our first game on the Super Nintendo to play a proper J-RPG this time with the deeply underrated Earthbound. Come listen along as we hear the tale of Jen’s out of this world experience with a game that is supposedly a stinker (according to the ads).


Episode theme - Twoson Hits the Road by djpretzel



(00:18) Introduction  (06:27) Pre-playthrough interview (21:46) Rules of gameplay (23:50) Intermission to post-pla...

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June 12, 2022 100 mins

We go back to the world of PC gaming to introduce Jen to her very first FPS game, as we summon the highly influential Doom from the depths of hell. Come listen in as Jen starts to descend into madness by putting herself through the worst that hell has to offer.


Episode theme - Hangarmageddon by Evil Horde - Available as part of The Dark Side of Phobos album



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April 25, 2022 95 mins

We take our first trip to Sega’s side of the nineties to see how they do what Nintendon’t with their mascot franchise, as we review Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (the game, not the movie). Listen in as we take a journey to see if Jen can keep up with the fastest character in gaming and his bizarre influences.


Episode theme - Spunktastic by DjjD & Ectogemia

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March 1, 2022 117 mins

We get out our Game Boy Advance SPs and go through our first RPG game to play the legendary Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen. Listen along and find out how Jen handles an adventure of catching Pokémon, winning gym badges, fighting Team Rocket, and trying to find silly nicknames for all her monsters.


Episode theme - WHAT TYPE ARE YOU by Theory of N

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December 13, 2021 103 mins

We take our first look at the adventure game genre and play the PC cult classic of The Secret of Monkey Island. Come join us as we find out which makes us laugh first; this game's sense of humour, or Jen's ability to handle point & click mechanics.


Episode Theme - Late in the Caribbean by Rozovian

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October 22, 2021 108 mins
We welcome you through the wonderful journey of exploring classic video games through the eyes of a newcomer. In the first episode, we go back to the NES and play one of the best titles on the system in Super Mario Bros. 3. Join us to see how a platforming noob can handle gaming's most iconic character.    Episode theme - What the Funk! by Tansunn
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