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Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness (Windows 3.x)

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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 Windows 3.x In-Game: Erana's Garden
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness Windows 3.x Cut Scene: A Strange Dream
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness Windows 3.x In-Game: The Secret Basement
Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness Windows 3.x In-Game: The Town Gate At Night

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

Could have been the best.... Mr. Huh (112) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
It could have been the best of the series. Ryan Prendiville (698) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

The Press Says

High Score Jul, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Quandary Mar, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Gamers Jul 04, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1994 67 out of 100 67
Techtite 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
My bug collection 9 Nowhere Girl (1494)
May 12, 2013
Bugs? Like dialog progressing too quickly 3 Nowhere Girl (1494)
Aug 15, 2012

Trivia

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 :->

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Eurythmic (2610) added Quest for Glory: Shadows of Darkness (Windows 3.x) on May 16, 1999
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