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Shadows of Darkness is the fourth Quest for Glory game. It is a journey into the land of Mordavia - a setting influenced by Eastern Europe, particularly its Slavic areal. The hero had just begun to enjoy his victory in Tarna, when a spell zapped him into parts unknown, without a weapon, items, or even a source of light. Shortly after finding his way out of the dark cave, the hero meets a mysterious woman named Katrina. He traverses the swamps in the dark forest and finally reaches the town. However, the town is also engulfed by a foreboding atmosphere, and the hero cannot allow himself to relax. He must find out what is going on, why the town inhabitants are so hesitant and reluctant to help him, and what horrors are lurking outside of its walls. Life has never been quite so dangerous for our hero. He'll discover his quest soon enough - that is, if he lives.

Like the previous Quest For Glory titles, the game is a combination of puzzle-solving adventure and role-playing. The player character can be a fighter, a thief, a magician, or a paladin. Importing a character from a preceding installment of the series is also possible. Once again the hero improves his skills by repeatedly using them (like throwing stones at a tree to improve the throwing ability, which might be needed to solve a puzzle).

Combat system in this installment has undergone a major change. Battles are viewed from a side-scrolling perspective and are action-oriented. The protagonist is able to move freely, jump, and execute attacks and defensive moves, similarly to fighting games. The CD version of the game adds voice-overs to conversations as well as narrator's voice to text descriptions.


Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Near Adventurer's Guild
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Another conversation: Bonehead
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Walking the tightrope
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Even heroes need to eat every now and then (or else they lose stamina) so buy some avocado-garlic sandwiches at the General Store. You can also have dinner at the inn when you're hungry

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Alternate Titles

  • "英雄傳奇4:魔障" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "הרצון לעוצמה 4: צללי החשכה " -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Quest for Glory: Schatten der Dunkelheit" -- German title
  • "Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness" -- CD-Rom title
  • "QFG4" -- Abbreviated series title
  • "영웅의 길 IV: 어둠의 그림자" -- Korean spelling
  • "Hero's Quest 4: Shadows Of Darkness" -- Informal title
  • "Ha-ratson le-otsma 4: Tslalei ha-khashekha" -- Israeli title

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User Reviews

The Quest For Glory series gets more mature Katakis | カタキス (39535) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Brooding triumph Unicorn Lynx (181357) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Definitely the best of the entire "Quest for Glory" series... Mr. Me (36) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
The best blend of gothic horror and comedy for the PC back then.. or until now??? Frankenfed (36) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Best of the QfG series Boris Stovich (29) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Sierra really snatched defeat from the clutches of victory, didn't they? Eurythmic (2698) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
The darkest game in the Qfg series Colonel Olrik (8) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Not as great as the second one, but way better than the first and the third. SebastianLi (55) unrated

Critic Reviews

MikroBitti Apr, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Play Time Feb, 1994 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1995 82 out of 100 82
High Score Jul, 1994 4 out of 5 80
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Play Time Jan, 1995 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Feb, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Score Apr, 1994 74 out of 100 74
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1994 67 out of 100 67
Adventure Classic Gaming Jun 12, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


Topic # Posts Last Post
Some more non-bug problems 2 Game Guesser (28)
Aug 02, 2016
My bug collection 9 Nowhere Girl (2938)
May 12, 2013
Bugs? Like dialog progressing too quickly 3 Nowhere Girl (2938)
Aug 15, 2012


Here are some interesting things to do while you play the game. Be warned, the first ones will get you killed, so save before you try them:

  • Break into the Burgomeister's office and stay until morning
  • Break into Nikolai's house and stab him with the knife
  • Die from exhaustion (no health or stamina)
  • Read the necrophilicon
  • As a thief, touch the statue in the monastery basement

Now for a few less-fatal ones...

  • Cast calm while fighting the pit horror and touch it
  • Try giving money and candy to various townsfolk
  • Burn down the monastery while Igor is outside, and talk to him afterwards
  • Try to fence items with Lorre Petrovich (Chief Thief)
  • Walk up the slippery path just outside the Dark One's cave
  • Talk to the townsfolk (Hans, Ivan and Franz) in the Inn during the evening

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Eurythmic (2698) added Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness (DOS) on May 16, 1999
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