Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness Trivia (DOS)
The Chief Thief, Lorre Petrovich, is Peter Lorre backwards and with "Peter" in Russian. The Chief Thief does look quite a bit like Peter Lorre, too! Peter Lorre is an actor who has been in a number of horror movies, but is probably best known for his role as Ugarte in the classic film Casablanca. Of course, Quest for Glory 2 fans will remember Ugarte from Raseir.
During the installation of the disk version (which takes a while cause it came on 9 disks) the player gets to read all kinds of amusing anecdotes from the customer department. The installation program also compliments you with the quality of the poetry found in your word processor directory and at the end of the installation process it apologizes for not mentioning earlier that you've got some parsley stuck between your teeth :->
The vorpal bunny is based on the rabbit from the movie Monty Python's Holy Grail
The voice actors of Hans, Franz, and Ivan at the Inn had some particularly humorous add-libs that were not in the townsfolk's scripted lines. They say a number of funny things, so if you are one of the people who read what the script says and doesn't listen to the full speech, I advise you to stop listen to the townsfolk.
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
The rare Mordavian Moose in the adventurer's guild has fangs (funny little thing that amused me when I first noticed it)
Baba Yaga (a major villain in the first QFG1) makes a re-appearance in this Quest for Glory game.
John Rhys-Davies, who played Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Arc and Gimli in Lord of the Rings, provides the voice of the narrator on the CD version of the game
In the Adventurer's Guild, a pamphlet contains Dr. Cranium talking about "The castle of Dr.Brain", which is a reference to an educational Sierra game
...For those of you who love the music from this game...The name of the song played in the Hotel Mordavia is called "Anitra's Dance", and it was composed by Edvard Grieg
Just to further elaborate, the name "Amon Tillado", besides being a play on Lovcraft's Mad Arab, is also taken from E.A. Poe's story 'The Cast of Amontillado.' And yes, students of old greek, the name "Necrophilicon" does roughly work out to "The book of sex with the dead." (a rather raunchy joke by the standards of the series; probably assumed anyone who "got it" wouldn't be offended)
The fore mentioned "Necrophilicon" -- clearly a satiric approach to the "Necronomicon" figured on many H.P. Lovecraft tales -- has references to a mad monk named Amon Tillado (which in turn is a pun on the mad Arab named Abdul Al-Hazred, also mentioned by Lovecraft). And the name "P.H. Craftlove" is featured in the game's manual too ;)
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!
The book in the monastery basement is named 'Necrophilicon', which was probably inspired by a book called 'Necronomicon', which appears in several of H.P. Lovecraft's stories.
Quest for Glory 4: Shadows of Darkness was also released on CD-ROM, which was a part of the Quest for Glory collector´s edition. This CD version of the game featured full speech, although it was similar to the earlier disk release. The earlier sequels of this quest series (unfortunately) only had disk versions.
The enigmatic Moose Head and 'Maltese Falcon' appear in this game, as they do in every game in the Quest For Glory series. (Courtesy of the prop department, of course.)