Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness

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Critic Score User Score
DOS
79
4.1
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 Gate to the dark castle
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Another conversation: the fairy queen
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Having a conversation with the Rusalka; she makes a rather tempting offer
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness DOS Showing off my juggling lights spell to the gypsy & the wolves. They're not terribly impressed

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 Cor 13 (173784)
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 (664)
Not as great as the second one, but way better than the first and the third. DOS SebastianLi (46)

Critic Reviews

WIZ DOS Mar, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
MikroBitti DOS Apr, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Power Unlimited DOS May, 1994 8.4 out of 10 84
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jan, 1995 82 out of 100 82
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 Joker Windows 3.x Jan, 1994 70 out of 100 70
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1994 70 out of 100 70
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 (1582)
May 12, 2013
Bugs? Like dialog progressing too quickly 3 Nowhere Girl (1582)
Aug 15, 2012

Trivia

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 ;)

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