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Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness

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MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
80
4.0
Windows 3.x
70
3.8
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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 Near Adventurer's Guild
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Discussing the benefits of science with Dr. Cranium, one of the many NPC's in this game
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS The crest of Borgov family
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS An uncomfortable wake-up

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
  • "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 אולג 小奥 (171551)
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 (2584)
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 (664)
Not as great as the second one, but way better than the first and the third. DOS SebastianLi (46)

The Press Says

MikroBitti DOS Apr, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Power Unlimited DOS May, 1994 8.4 out of 10 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jan, 1995 10 out of 12 83
High Score DOS Jul, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Quandary Windows 3.x Mar, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Gamers Windows 3.x Jul 04, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play DOS Feb, 1994 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Jan, 1994 67 out of 100 67
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Jun 12, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Techtite Windows 3.x 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
My bug collection 9 Nowhere Girl (1531)
May 12, 2013
Bugs? Like dialog progressing too quickly 3 Nowhere Girl (1531)
Aug 15, 2012

Trivia

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

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Contributed to by Eurythmic (2584)