Do you want to be a hero? If so, then there is a good job waiting for you! Here is the little town of Spielburg, populated mostly by beer-drinking humans and some centaurs who like working in the field. Spielburg is surrounded by forests and mountains, where all kinds of weird creatures dwell: ogres, goblins, talking foxes, stupid magicians, and others. Lately, Spielburg has been assaulted by brigands; besides, the witch Baba Yaga is not to be trusted. The town has everything it needs, even a Thieves Guild, except a strong, brave hero that would protect it. Are you interested?
Hero's Quest: So You Want To Be A Hero is an adventure/RPG hybrid. Visually very similar to other Sierra's "quest" titles (Space Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, and others), but the gameplay, beside the usual exploration, conversations with characters, and solving an occasional puzzle, involves real-time combat and character development. You can play the game as either a fighter, a mage, or a thief. The choice of class will influence not only the combat, but also many other events in the game. You develop your skills by fighting, practicing, climbing, throwing, etc. Many of those activities are necessary to successfully complete the game. You interact with the game world by typing commands or conversation topics.
Quest For Glory I: So You Want To Be A Hero is a lovely adventure game written by Sierra in 1989. It is the first of the Quest For Glory games, and in my opinion, it is the best.
You have just arrived in the town of Spielburg, eager to prove yourself a hero. Well luckily for you, Spielburg is in great need of a hero. There are many problems here that need a hero's touch. First of all, the Baron's children (his son and his daughter) are missing, and so the Baron is moping in his castle. He refuses to see anyone until his children are found, and returned to him. There is also a gang of brigands in town, and they are terrorizing everyone. Wouldn't it be good if someone could make the brigands leave town? And let's not forget about the evil witch Baba Yaga. Can you deal with all that, and become Hero of Spielberg?
Before the game starts, you have to create your character - choose from either Fighter, Magic User, or Thief. Different characters provide different puzzles and different challenges. Now you must name your character, and assign various statistics to him.
The game uses a simple text parser. Just type in commands to control your character - for example, Eat Food or Climb Tree. There are also menus at the top of the screen to change various aspects of the game - turning sound on or off, checking the time of day, saving or loading the game, etc. Move your character by using the arrow keys, and change the walking speed by pressing '+' or '-' keys. When in combat, you can dodge by using the Left and Right arrow keys, and attack by using the Up arrow key. As with many games of the time, there are limited 'Save' game slots. However, this is not a problem. When you have used all your slots, simply 'Replace' a previous saved game.
The game is tricky at times, as you have to pay very close attention to what people are telling you. You never know what is an important clue that you must 'Ask About' in more detail. You must also remember to eat every day, and sleep at night. You had better keep a supply of rations with you, just in case. As you progress through the game, your skill levels will increase.
I was very impressed by the graphics in this game. The characters can wander around, getting on with their own lives. They respond when you talk to them, and then get back to doing their own thing. Things like the centaur raking his field, and the Healer mixing her potions are lovely to see.
The Spitting Flowers are very impressive, and it is fun watching them spit their seed to one another. The animation of you raking out the stables is amusing to watch. I also thought the Mirror Lake was lovely, as you could see your reflection in it. The eye above The Magic Shop was a nice touch, as it watched you where ever you went. Erana's Peace is an incredible place, and I loved how fruit twinkled in the tree. Characters move very smoothly. They stop and talk to you when you approach, making the game seem a lot more real - as if Spielburg is a real town.
Another thing I love is the Day Night cycles. When night time comes, the town grows dark, and everyone goes to bed for the night.
MUSIC AND SOUND EFFECTS
There is not much music or sound in this game, just some clips here are there. However, considering that the game was made in 1989, I think it is very impressive. Flames above the Magic Shop burst into life every so often, and there is a wonderful creaking noise as the Castle gates are raised. Music at the Goblin's Camp is very effective, and you can really imagine the goblins sneaking around. My favourite is the music at Erana's Peace - it is just beautiful to listen to.
There are some brilliant characters in this game. Shema and Shameen are very friendly, and always have a good meal for you. 'Enry the 'Ermit is very interesting as he won't stop talking, but as least he will offer you a bed for the night, should you need it. The Meeps are my favourite. I just love how they squeak to each other before talking to you. I also thought Baba Yaga was funny, as she kept talking to her pet bat and pet spider.
This is a superb adventure game, and I highly recommend it. The story is well written, with lots of funny dialogue. I love how you can play as 3 different characters. This gives the game a lot of replay value, as each character has his own way of dealing with problems, and overcoming obstacles. The text parser can be quite tricky, as sometimes you are not sure exactly what to 'Ask About', but it is well worth persevering. The graphics are impressive, especially for the time that the game was made, and the animation is very smooth. I love how the characters can lead their own lives when you are not talking to them, it makes Spielburg seem a lot more real somehow.
Sierra released plenty of graphic adventure and Quest for glory was an odd one out of the pack because it incorperated RPG elements like improving skills and letting you choose out of three characters namely a mage, fighter or a thief. Each of the three classes changes the way puzzles have to be solved and combat as well.
You start the game by choosing a character and deviding statistic points for things like luck, weapons use and dodge among others. In your home town there were pamflets asking for a hero in Spielburg valley and the fact that no experience was necessary was a big plus for you. After being welcomed by the sheriff you can visit various places in town as well as the guilds where you can see about job offers. You also need to talk with various town folk to find out why exactly a hero is required as that is something that is not clear to you yet but in your travels you will meet a lot of weird and wonderfull characters.
After hanging around town you should buy some equipment that will help you in your adventures and you can go outside of town to start battling some creatures to increase your skill. There are random encounters with various creatures like goblins apart from the rogues and brigands hiding in the forest. Fighting is usually seen in a 3rd person view and you can control your character with the keypad or type in spells to cast. This is a necessity as you will need to improve your skills to solve the puzzles and complete tasks if you are to be named hero of Spielberg. One other thing that you have to keep track of is time as the game has several different time periods and at night for instance the town closes it's gates and more monsters pop out of the forest. You will need to rest to fill up lost health but unless you find a safe place you might lose your belongings or even worse your life!
Quest for glory, originally named hero's quest, stands out from the other Sierra adventures because of the RPG elements included. This also gives the game some real replayability because although each of the three characters have the same goal the manner in which they reach it is quite different. The thief in particular is a favorite among many as you can do stuff that a hero is not supposed to do like burglary and pickpocketing. Technically the game uses the same engine as other Sierra adventure with a text based interface, EGA graphics and support for various soundcards. As it stands this series is definately among the best that Sierra had to offer and it has a fair following to this day so if you haven't seen the game yet I suggest you check it out.
Have you ever wanted to helplessly defend yourself against an ambush of treacherous brigands, or escape the wrath of a hoard of goblins? Yes? Well then today's your lucky day! You've got Quest For Glory! In Quest For Glory you're an average hero who just got out of "Hero School". You come to the land of Speilburg to seek glory and fortune. However, its gonna be a lot tougher than you think. The Baron's daughter and son have mysteriously disappeared, and no one knows what happened. Also, an Evil Ogre named Baba Yaga has put an evil curse on the valley, and all is not safe. On top of that, (yes, Spielburg is screwed up) greedy Brigands are terrorizing anything that moves through the forest and stealing everyone's hard earned dough! If you think plot is the only thing Quest For Glory has, your wrong. Gameplay is extremely good. Instead of your average crappy "One-time play, Sierra adventure game" Quest for Glory is also a RPG. Since its so well made, you will want to be coming back for more, and trying out all the classes again and again. You will get to choose three different Character Classes at the beginning of the game, and you will also get to choose their skills. The characters are: Thief - My personal choice. Extremely stealthy and can deceive anything or anyone, if his skills are high enough. You can also use throwing knifes, which do a lot of damage. However, he is not too good at fighting close to close combat. Note: (You can rob people and houses too!) Also, make sure you join the Thieves guild' right away, as you will need the money from the items you steal. Magic user - Very skilled in far-away combat. Usually tends to weaken a monster with spells before he goes for the kill. Always make sure you buy enough potions from the healer's hut, because Stamina and Mana goes quickly with spells. Spells are also an important thing to buy/learn. Fighter - This is well, the most basic character. Usually no spells, (unless you give him that skill) Very good at combat, can break things down. This is the complete opposite of the thief. Strong, yet weak in acrobatics, stealth, etc... I usually like to make my own characters by mixing up their skills. For example, I usually make a thief, with spell points, and more strength to buff him up. I call him my "Buffed-up thief" and I have been playing with him all through the series, as you can import your character into each QFG game, and work on his skills. Its little things like that, that make Quest For glory and the series what they are. The musical score is also very good, with catchy tunes that you can't stop humming or whistling. And action and serious RPGers will like the battles all together, as they are very detailed and very fast paced. No turned based combat, just realistic fights. If you stop to think what your next move will be, the next 5 seconds you will end up on the ground, dead. The town is extremely good when its the middle of the night, and you have no place to go. Go to the tavern, and drink all night, or try to just get a good night's sleep at the inn. Usually you will want to stay in town at night, as zombies patrol the woods. Quest For Glory responds to your every move. Lets say you didn't sleep last night, the next day your fighting will not be too good, as you are very tired. Or, lets say you ate your last ration 3 days ago, and you are starving. You very well as might die, from starvation, or die because a monster took advantage of you while you were weak. Its kind of like one of those digital animal things, just not as gay as that. Undoubtedly in my opinion the best series made, I have no regret about playing Quest For Glory. The reason? Its original, its addictive, and, well...its just fun! Just download the game!! You won't regret it, whether your an adventure gamer, or a RPGer!
People who downloaded Hero's Quest (aka Quest for Glory I) have also downloaded:
Quest for Glory 1: So You want to be a Hero (remake), Quest for Glory 2: Trial by Fire, Quest for Glory 3: Wages of War, Quest for Glory 4: Shadows of Darkness, Day Of The Tentacle, King's Quest 3: To Heir is Human, King's Quest 1, King's Quest 4: The Perils of Rosella
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