Kelly Unicornstrider and Friends (1982-1985) Super Quiz

a Everything Else by Gower

Commended by JJJ-thebanisher on 9/9/2019 10:22:32 PM

Player Rating6.69/8

"#124 overall, #2 for 2019"
based on 52 ratings since 09/04/2019
played 324 times (finished 56)

Story Difficulty1/8

"no possible way to lose"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

Maturity Level5/8

"aren't you a little too old to be trick or treating"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG-13.

Tags

Quiz

A comprehensive quiz + bonus fan faction about the the underrated cult classic show "Kelly Unicornstrider and Friends" (1982-1985). Questions range from really easy to really difficult.

Player Comments

Yahoo! Perfect score! (Surprised I still remember it all so well.) So glad I found this game! Thank you so much for that, Gower! This quiz really brought back some sweet, sweet nostalgia! “And we will ride through the meadows in the early morn and be our bravest in the desert storm! A shining hero today is born, it’s Kelly Unicornstriiiiider!!!” I always loved KUAF when I was my kid. In fact, I think I still have some terrible fan art of Little Lilly and Cloudchaser that I did when I was about nine hidden away in storage somewhere. (I also remember signing a petition for a DVD release a couple of years ago… But I’m guessing they didn’t get enough signatures, because nothing ever came of it.) :(

Any ways, brilliant quiz! … But I’m afraid I have to correct you on the answer to question 4. Rhea-Lynn wasn’t exactly given the two-handed axe by The Weather Bee. It was left for her by Fargo when he went off to go adventuring alone. (Although I suppose it was technically the Weather Bee that told her she could have it. Had to re-watch the episode to be sure.)

Rhea-Lynn: But Mr Weather Bee, Fargo wouldn’t have gone adventuring without his axe! Something terrible must’ve happened to him!

Weather Bee: Oh no, Rhea-Lynn, I assure you Fargo’s fine… In fact, he told me before he left that he wished to leave the axe to you. You were always a good friend to him, and he wanted to be sure that you never forgot how much he cared for you.

Rhea-Lynn: You mean he left without a weapon? That doesn’t sound like something Fargo would do. It’s too dangerous! Perhaps we should go looking for him?

Weather Bee: You dare to question the great Weather Bee? Insolent child! Just take the axe and go! I will not be called a liar by the likes of you!

Rhea-Lynn: I never called you a…

Weather Bee: GET OUT!!!

That was a pretty tense ending. I remember The Weather Bee seemed to avoid the friends for awhile after that, and spent several episodes crafting potions in his basement. I don’t think he eve spoke to Rhea-Lynn again until after she lost her hand.

The fanfic was adorable! Wasn’t keen on you shipping Kelly with Eric though. Kelly would never go for Eric, because she knows how Lily feels about him. In the show, after she was kidnapped by Cantankerous Rex, Lily as much as said that if she lost Eric, life wouldn’t be worth living. Not to mention the shrine that Lily kept in the attic of photos that she’d secretly taken of Eric, and the handful of belonging that she borrowed from him, and the plaster that she ate so that a little bit of Eric’s blood would always be inside of her. If Kelly stole Eric from her, I don’t think her little heart could’ve taken it. There’s no telling what she might’ve done. (I actually had a fan-theory when I was little that Eric also got sucked through the vortex, and he was actually Sir Humble in disguise! Unfortunately, the show was cancelled before my theory could be either confirmed or denied.)

Would’ve been nice if some of the question were a bit harder (I think the quiz is a little too easy for us hard core Kelly fans.) But other than that, it was a really great quiz! Probably the best on the site. In fact, I think the quiz would probably be even more enjoyable for people who don’t know the show so well, since there’s so many fun facts to learn. Any way, I highly recommend this quiz to hard-core fans, casual watchers and KUAF virgins alike!

Keep on reaching, Gower! Kelly will always live on in the hearts of her fans, and one day, she shall return!!! (But knowing Hollywood, they’ll probably make a terrible live action movie by the director of those God-awful Alvin and the Chipmunk films, and we’ll wish they left poor Kelly to die in peace.) :p
-- Avery_Moore on 9/14/2019 7:20:05 PM with a score of 9
Please just read the story without looking at any reviews.


I've read this twice now and I'm still really struggling with how to handle writing about it. As the rating and the fact that it's featured might suggest, there's more going on here than you'd assume at a glance. I want people to understand that this "quiz" is phenomenal and absolutely needs to be experienced, but I don't want to reveal too much.

Again, if you haven't played yet, then go do that before you continue reading this or any other review.


This is a brilliant work by Gower that kept me enthralled and unsettled right up to the end. It's not *necessarily* a horror story, but words like 'haunting', 'extremely uncomfortable' and even 'gradually increasing dread' come to mind to describe the tone.

I think the structure of the questions means that a lot of readers won't start realize what's going on until #4. Even if you're using the back button and just going down the list, you will probably have moved on once you get the right answer. If you've played it the first time like that, I recommend going through again and taking the time to read every wrong answer too. Every option adds to that unsettled feeling I mentioned before.

After #4 is tellingly when the quiz structure starts getting changed up as well.

There's more I want to say here, I really just admire so much about this story and the very...unsettling (yes, again)...way it pulls the rug out from under you and then flings you into uncomfortably personal territory with the narrator. (Who is presented as Gower himself, guy who writes storygames and posts on forums, for that extra meta feeling...)


Ultimately though the more I type the greater disservice I'm doing to anyone who ignored my requests and warnings up top and is reading this without having played. So....go and freakin play it! Until the words are inside your mind, we'll never understand each other, no matter how many times I touch your username on my screen.

I feel like I grew up watching this show too now. It was like some twisted Neverending Story, and after reading this I can remember it all so vividly.

-- mizal on 9/13/2019 12:20:49 AM with a score of 7
I would recommend not reading any reviews before reading this story. In particular, do not read this review.

Well, that was quite the experience. It sometimes felt uncomfortable, like getting to know someone a little too well, a little too abruptly, their secrets blossoming too soon, before spring, flowers wilting before they ever stood a chance. I thoroughly enjoyed the direction that the author took this quiz in. This was the most unique piece of interactive fiction that I have ever read. In general -- for most stories -- it's not too hard to predict whether a particular choice will expand the branching tree or simply progress the current branch. This story was deceptive; there were numerous times when I expected to progress, but found myself discovering yet another fleshed out nook or cranny.

The author's brought Kelly Unicornstrider to life. With respect to the show, his attention to detail was sensational. There were plenty of nods and flourishes that revealed how much care was put into that aspect of the story. The writing was also terrific and every page was a pleasure. There were three or four unintentional typos that I caught, but they didn't detract much from the prose.

My only major complaint with this story was that it was too short. 10,000 words does not suffice when the author clearly has so much to say.

An excellent story overall!
-- JJJ-thebanisher on 9/9/2019 10:22:29 PM with a score of 4
Really fun quiz! I thought I loved KUaF, but it turns out I'm a bit of an amateur compared to the author!
Kinda weird that he never mentioned going to KellyCon though, I would've thought a big fan like him would have loved it. I remember back at KellyCon 1999 in Miami, wearing my Weather Bee costume and meeting a cute girl dressed like Rhea-Lynn. I'd go into more detail, but a unicornstrider doesn't kiss and tell! It's a shame they've discontinued the con, but I guess attendance was slipping. It's always fun to remember though!
-- pugpup1 on 9/16/2019 7:24:01 PM with a score of 0
Meh, I liked the short lived spin off Night Patrol Rides Again (1986) a lot better.

Susanna McKray who originally created the Night Patrol characters managed to maintain ownership of her characters and independently backed a show with just them and it was awesome.

It time jumped like 100 years in the future long after Kelly and company had been utterly defeated by a regrouped Night Patrol. Cantankerous Rex came back from the grave and became the leader like he always wanted to be.

Best of all, they never bothered with any of those moral lessons at the end of the show. It was just C Rex trying to re-establish order over the chaos that was going on in the land. As supposedly “evil” the Night Patrol was supposed to be, The Maelstrom was like 10 times worse. Susanna was obviously inspired by H.P. Lovecraft when designing the things coming out of it.

I guess it was supposed to be geared more towards older kids because they were getting away with stuff that they didn’t even show in KUaF, but I remember they still had it on during Saturday mornings.

I imagine the body horror type stuff that occurred on an entire city in Episode 12: Nightmare Storm was what finally caused the executives to pull the plug though since there was only one more episode after that. Sort of annoying that it ended on a cliff hanger.

Got all the action figures too, even the really rare “Eye” of The Maelstrom playset. Glad I snagged that from some idiot just selling it for ten bucks at his garage sale in the 90s. Lol.
-- EndMaster on 9/15/2019 12:27:34 PM with a score of 9
I just featured Avery's comment, but I want to address the stuff about Fargo that was a big part of it. (Derailing a little here maybe but it's relevant to the quiz to, not just the show.)

The scene Gower is discussing, where Lady Leora and Fargo meet Weatherbee...that scene is from the pilot episode, which is not the same as the first episode. People who didn't watch older shows probably weren't aware of this, but things often change between the pilot and 1st episodes as various things are finalized. See the pilot of the original Star Trek, for instance.

In this case, the pilot of Kelly Unicornstrider is pretty universally considered superior. Not nearly as ham handed with WB's dialogue in that scene, for one thing. When he explains that Fargo is gone, Leora just stares at him a long moment looking very pale and like she's scared or wants to cry, then mutely walks away. (She cries then and kind of hugs herself as she walks, but silently.) Also, it's "he will have his own adventures, as I will", not that he "left" to have them, which was a little goof in Gower's description. Small but important difference.

I never bothered with the official first episode when doing a rewatch. So...even if I don't always make it through a full binge watch, I saw the pilot every time. I literally have it memorized.

Anyway, Leora and Fargo. (and yes, now you know where Leora got her username from, if you didn't recognize it before.)

Remember the scene in the beginning right before Fargo was called inside? He and his friends were hollering and running around playing "Indian". He had a toy axe, or rather a tomahawk I guess. The camera lingered on it longer than necessary. Actually that whole scene would probably be hilariously offensive to modern audiences, thinking about it. Furthermore, look at the "war paint" he's got on, and then look at the pattern on the blade of the axe later. Remember too the soft crying sounds that would come from the axe sometimes. That's how Rhea was able to find it again that time she was lost in the Amaze Cave, and they were mentioned at least twice that I can remember after it was hung up in Fleetfoot's stall.

I'm not just doing some epileptic trees theorizing here, it was pretty obvious what was going on in context, and why would a wizard just have a giant battle axe wrapped up in chains in his closet? (Yes yes, I can already hear you say I'm overthinking a throwaway joke...but the show was one that consistently rewarded paying attention to details so I don't see how this is any different.)

Anyhow, this theory and the idea that Weatherbee was always intended to become a villain in the third season has been pretty much accepted as canon in the various fan communities. All the shots of him brooding over the potions and then the grotesque crying sculptures in the basement...just the lighting and music let you know there was something ominous going on. I legit think he would've wound up the true villain of the entire series...but I guess we'll never know back.

Still, you have to ask yourself sometime why he REALLY wanted to send Kelly back to Earth so badly.
-- mizal on 9/15/2019 10:40:09 AM with a score of 7
Don't read this review unless you've read the story.

It took me a few playthroughs to get to the best parts of the story. At first I thought this was just a silly quiz about a silly slightly-dark children's show but as others have stated, that's not really true.

The show never existed. The narrator must have made this all up. He is obsessed with this game tv show and he is supposed to be like 38! That's not all of it. This man is lonely, needy, and manipulative. He got mad at me and tried to guilt trip me. That motherfucker! This dude is dangerous and potentially pyromaniacal.

This is pretty great. It's really cool that Gower was able to craft such a character.
-- 3iguy on 9/15/2019 9:56:08 AM with a score of 7
If you are reading this, your really shouldn't. It's best to go through the game instead. It's just that kind of thing, ya get it?
Also, this won't be a review or anything, just my thoughts. I don't think a review is needed, or suits the game.
I haven't played storygames on here for a long time. Not to say many of them aren't good! Just that it's difficult as of late to keep my interest, or to hit me in that place... This game didn't have a point. It didn't really have an end or a beginning, just a collection of bitter, melencholic thoughts that bite more the farther you get in. And the author is less of a person and more of a tangle of half-frayed string, bones boiled down to stagnant memory. There's people like that, ya know, and it felt like they were there.
I really like pointless things, and so I really liked this. I just finished the game but I already forgot my title.
You're such a mysterious figure, Gower! I clicked on this game just to see what you'd be like! Sooo extra mysterious! How I'd like to see more!
-- puddlebunni on 9/14/2019 2:48:18 PM with a score of 3
I can't wait to go through this again, just the small tidbits of horrifying information were delightful and I'm definitely creeped out. This was a good read. Thank you!
-- Ash on 9/14/2019 1:13:50 PM with a score of 3
Any of you faggots who read reviews before stories, stop right now. Don't read this. Don't read any other reviews. Just play the damn quiz.

Now that that's out of the way, we can get to my comments on the Kelly Unicornstrider and Friends Super Quiz.

It started off making me laugh. the interlude for the fanfiction was so hilarious, yet so real. It called me back to the days of wandering around Quotev to find shitty stuff to mock.

I continued to be amused as I read. The Caribbean part in particular was just so weird and out there. It was hilarious, but then it wasn't hilarious.
Things got weird in a different way. The quiz grew increasingly eerie the more I read it. Now I have always loved stories that left me feeling haunted by them for a while, but this managed to do that long before I finished reading even the half of it, which is impressive.
When I was reading it, I almost showed my phone to the student sitting next to me and told him to go read it right then and there (class hadn't started yet, professor).

I didn't though, as much as I would have liked to. I decided taking the time to explain why I was telling him to read it would break the experience up too much.

The quiz has a lot of delayed effects in the choices, which suits it well, even though it frustrates me as a reader who feels the need to read every choice--especially when I am going to be publicly posting my comments like I am now.
It gave it a conversational effect almost, and the bits of repetition in the replays only added to the atmosphere of madness. I tried to find all the pages, but I am sure I didn't. What I did read was enough, I think.

This is a very unique quiz, and I think I will be coming back to it again in the future.
Maybe I will tell my classmate to take it.

-- Cricket on 9/14/2019 12:28:58 AM with a score of 6
Show All Comments