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Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness (DOS)

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Written by  :  Colonel Olrik (8)
Written on  :  Sep 16, 2005
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

The darkest game in the Qfg series

The Good

Almost anything in this game was good, the Russian-influenced country of Mordavia with it's grim usually depressed people (you give them hope again) was really cool. It was nice to see some creatures from Russian folklore as well, the Leshy and the Domovoi for example. "Shadows of Darkness" is also more serious than the other "Quest for Glory" games. You, as the hero will have to deal with tragic losses and other sad things as you explore Mordavia and it's surroundings in an effort to prevent the evil known as "The Dark One" to enter this world.

Despite the serious setting there's still humor in this game, the comic reliefs are not many but they are there; for example there's Dr. Cranium, a mad scientist who doesn't believe in magic, only in science and three guys that hangs out in the local inn who has some funny lines if you listen carefully to them. The character voices are equally great, the true stars is of course John-Rhys Davies as the narrator and the woman who plays the mysterious Katrina (sorry, can't remember her name). Plus, in this game you'll meet Baba Yaga again, and she's not to happy about being turned into a frog...

The Bad

Error 52, may it burn in hell. Thankfully there's a patch that fix that little problem now.

The Bottom Line

A fun yet dark game with some minor faults. Worth buying if you can get it.