Host Master Deux: Quest for Identity

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Host Master Deux: Quest for Identity
Host master deux logo.png
Logo of Host Master Deux: Quest for Identity
Developer(s) Double Fine Productions
Publisher(s) Double Fine Productions
Producer(s) Greg Rice
  • Benedikt Hummel
  • Marius Fietzek
Programmer(s) Benedikt Hummel
  • Marius Fietzek
  • Sabrina Winter
Writer(s) Anna Kipnis
Composer(s) Benedikt Hummel
Platform(s) Browser
Release date(s)
  • WW: March 26, 2013
Genre(s) Adventure, platform
Mode(s) Single-player

Host Master Deux: Quest for Identity is the sequel to Host Master and the Conquest of Humor. It is a free Flash Adventure platformer, created Benedikt Hummel and Marius Fietzek, and starring game developer Tim Schafer.[1] The game was published by Double Fine Productions, of which Schafer is president, and is playable on their website.


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Like the original game, both the plot and gameplay of Host Master Deux feature substantial amounts of metagaming. The game uses Double Fine's founder, Tim Schafer himself as the protagonist, placing him backstage at the Game Developers Choice Awards, which he hosted in 2013. Learning from his mistakes from the last game, Schafer is prepared for the event, but the bouncer won't let him in because he doesn't believe Tim is actually Tim Schafer. Tim must go back to his house to find a way to make himself look like he did before he shaved his beard, find a T-shirt to wear, and find a funny enough joke to impress the bouncer.

Like the original game, the game is controlled in a style for which the Double Fine team is known. This time the gameplay is presented as side scrolling platformer with a one item inventory, like The Cave, which was Double Fine's most recent adventure game at the time of the release of Host Master Deux.


Due to its association with Schafer, as well as the Game Developers Conference, Host Master Deux received substantially more media attention than is usual for an online Flash game. It was reported on by Adventure Gamers,[2] The International House of Mojo,[1] Rock, Paper, Shotgun,[3] Destructoid,[4] and Shacknews.[5] PC Gamer called it "a funny, old-fashioned adventure game"[6] and Kotaku praised its "hilarious puzzle-solving gameplay".[7]


  1. ^ a b "Host Master Deux: Quest for Identity Now Available". The International House of Mojo. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  2. ^ "Following Freeware: March 2013 Releases". Adventure Gamers. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Tim Schafer in Host Master Deux: Host Harder". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  4. ^ "Play as Tim Schafer in Host Master Deux". Destructoid. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  5. ^ "Double Fine Releases Host Master Deux For Free". Shacknews. 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  6. ^ "The Free Webgame Round-Up". PC Gamer. 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Tim Schafer: The Game: Part Deux". Kotaku. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 

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