Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire

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Trial by Fire is the sequel to Hero's Quest: So You Want To Be A Hero. It takes place in the town Shapeir and the desert surrounding it, in a Middle East-like environment. It seems that the powerful elemental spirits have been troubling the Shapeir folk recently. Something, or someone, is behind those troubles. It is the hero's task to find out what is going on, get acquainted with the many inhabitants of Shapeir, and prove once more that he is worthy of his heroic title.

Like its predecessor, Trial by Fire is a hybrid game that incorporates elements from adventure and role-playing genres. It has a text-based interface, puzzles to solve, inventory items, characters to talk to, as well as pure RPG elements such as character growth system and battles. Player character can be either a fighter, a thief, or a wizard, and can also become a paladin during the course of the game if he follows a strict moral code.

Real-time combat is presented on separate screens and offers more options than the previous title. There are several types of high, mid-level, and low attacks, as well as parrying and dodging. The hero raises his combat proficiency and other skills by fighting enemies, training, and performing various actions that influence the corresponding parameters.


Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire Amiga Choose a character you would like to impersonate in.
Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire DOS The harem - a scene exclusive to the Thief, and it's "only" EGA!
Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire DOS One of Shapeir's plazas
Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire Amiga Aziza - a woman of charm and wisdom

Alternate Titles

  • "QFG2" -- Abbreviated title
  • "영웅의 길 II: 매서운 시련" -- Korean spelling
  • "HQ2" -- abbreviation of the informal title
  • "Hero's Quest 2: Trial By Fire" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

One Thousand and One Details DOS Cor 13 (174226)
Great sequel with a Middle Eastern feel to it DOS *Katakis* (37914)
One of the Top 3 best Sierra games of alllllll tiiiimmmeeee. DOS Jeremy Johnson (736)
I appear to be the only idiot who loathes this game... DOS Indra is stressed (20013)
The best of all the Quest for Glory series DOS SebastianLi (46)
Best Quest for Glory game! DOS Brian Bleakley (3)
Maynap sierras finest hour DOS helm lehm (13)

Critic Reviews

Techtite DOS 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Amiga Action Amiga Jul, 1991 88 out of 100 88
CU Amiga Amiga Jun, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Raze DOS May, 1991 83 out of 100 83
RPGamer DOS 2010 4 out of 5 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Dec, 1990 9.4 out of 12 78
Power Play DOS Feb, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Joker Amiga Jul, 1991 64 out of 100 64
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1993 63 out of 100 63
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jul, 1991 600 out of 1000 60


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The Katta are humanoid cats - but what kind of cats? All details confirm that they must have been based on lynxes - they have very short tails and (as a close-up on Shema and Shameen in the final scene shows) also other features typical for lynxes: ear tufts and cheek mane. Curiously, the Eurasian lynx rather doesn't appear in the Arabic lands on which Shapeir is based. This part of the world is rather home to the caracal, also known as "desert lynx" (though not directly related to lynxes) - however, caracals only have lynx-like ear tufts and not the other lynx-like features.

Related Web Sites

  • GameFAQs (Various walkthroughs and guides for QFG2)
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