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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 Gate to the dark castle
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS By reading the tarot cards Magda the gypsy queen can give you some clues about what the future has in store for you
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Combat: A fighter attacking a wyvern with his sword. The green health bar means the wyvern has poisoned him
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Inside Dr. Cranium's laboratory you'll have to solve several puzzles. This one requires you to guide the baby antwerp through the maze to get the key

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

Brooding triumph DOS Cor 13 (174145)
Definitely the best of the entire "Quest for Glory" series... DOS Mr. Me (36)
The best blend of gothic horror and comedy for the PC back then.. or until now??? DOS Frankenfed (33)
Could have been the best.... Windows 3.x Mr. Huh (112)
Best of the QfG series DOS Boris Stovich (29)
Sierra really snatched defeat from the clutches of victory, didn't they? DOS Eurythmic (2581)
The darkest game in the Qfg series DOS Colonel Olrik (8)
It could have been the best of the series. Windows 3.x Ryan Prendiville (663)
Not as great as the second one, but way better than the first and the third. DOS SebastianLi (46)

Critic Reviews

MikroBitti DOS Apr, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Power Unlimited DOS May, 1994 8.4 out of 10 84
Play Time DOS Feb, 1994 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) DOS Feb, 1994 80 out of 100 80
High Score DOS Jul, 1994 4 out of 5 80
High Score Windows 3.x Jul, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Play Time DOS Jan, 1995 78 out of 100 78
Power Play DOS Feb, 1994 75 out of 100 75
PC Joker Windows 3.x Jan, 1994 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1994 67 out of 100 67


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