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Description

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.

Screenshots

Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS The hero meets the beautiful Rusalka
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Select your type of character
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Another conversation: Bonehead
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Another conversation: the fairy queen

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* (38182) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Brooding triumph Oleg Roschin (174057) 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 (33) 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 (2581) 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 (46) unrated

Critic Reviews

WIZ Mar, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
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
Adventure Gamers Jul 04, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Play Time Jan, 1995 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1994 9 out of 12 75
PC Joker Jan, 1994 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1994 67 out of 100 67
Adventure Classic Gaming Jun 12, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Some more non-bug problems 2 Game Guesser (28)
Aug 02, 2016
My bug collection 9 Nowhere Girl (1827)
May 12, 2013
Bugs? Like dialog progressing too quickly 3 Nowhere Girl (1827)
Aug 15, 2012

Trivia

Apparently, if you walk around in the forest for several days without sleeping---and you don't enter the town or places like the Rusalka's lake or Erana's Garden--you will meet The Fonz, from Happy Days. He will give you his leather jacket. Many people considered this a rumor, until someone supplied screen shots showing this was possible!

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Eurythmic (2581) added Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness (DOS) on May 16, 1999
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