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Description

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.

Screenshots

Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire DOS Playing as a Fighter - EOF initiation
Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire DOS Naming and assigning values
Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire DOS One of Shapeir's plazas
Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire DOS "The smell of victory"

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Trailer


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 Unicorn Lynx (181409)
Great sequel with a Middle Eastern feel to it DOS Katakis | カタキス (43089)
One of the Top 3 best Sierra games of alllllll tiiiimmmeeee. DOS Longwalker (768)
I appear to be the only idiot who loathes this game... DOS Indra was here (20843)
The best of all the Quest for Glory series DOS SebastianLi (55)
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
Raze DOS May, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Dec 27, 1999 4 out of 5 80
RPGamer DOS 2010 4 out of 5 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1991 9.4 out of 12 78
Adventure Gamers DOS Jan 19, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 69 out of 100 69
Amiga Joker Amiga Jul, 1991 64 out of 100 64
Amiga Format Amiga Jul, 1991 56 out of 100 56
Play Time Amiga Jun, 1991 41 out of 100 41

Forums

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Trivia

Anagram

Raseir is an anagram for Sierra.

Bogart Fan

Obviously, somebody's a big Bogart fan. While in Raseir, references to 'Casablanca' and 'The Maltese Falcon' abound.

The Dead Parrot

The Dead Parrot Inn, complete with dead parrot, is in Raseir. A dead parrot was featured in a Monty Python skit known as "The Dead Parrot Sketch".

Guest cameos

King Arthur--from Cindy Marx's game, Conquests of Camelot--sometimes makes an appearance in the desert. He is dead and lying on the ground. If you walk near him, the body will fade as if it were an illusion. If you right-click on the body before it disappears, it will say something about how he should have visited a Camelot before going into the desert.

All of the Marx brothers make cameo appearances. Lori and Corey Cole (The creators of the QFG series) make cameo appearances as Katta. There is also the Persian Golfer, who makes occasional appearances in the desert as well.

Katta

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.

Name change

At the very end of Quest for Glory 2 it says that the next chapter in the series would be called "Shadows of Darkness". The third chapter, however, was called "Wages of War" and "Shadows of Darkness" was the title of the fourth game.

New class

Quest for Glory 2 was the first game to introduce the fourth character class of Paladin to the series.

New vs. imported characters

Quest for Glory 2: Trial By Fire was meant for newly made characters. If you import your 'perfect' character from Hero's Quest: So You Want To Be A Hero? one will notice how incredibly easy and virtually unchallengeable the game becomes. This is due to the fact that newly made characters start with lower stats than imported characters - provided that your imported character has full stats, of course.

Sierra SCI 0.5 Interpreter

QFG2 is the only Sierra game that used the Sierra SCI 0.5 interpreter.

SCI0 was the interpreter used for QFG1, LL2 and 3, and other EGA Sierra games, while SCI1 was used for the VGA point and click games.

The only obvious difference is that if you right-click on things, it is the same as typing "look thing". Another added bonus is the fact that you can use the MT-32 emulation of the SBAWE32 on it, which you couldn't on SCI0 games.

Awards

  • Enchanted Realms
    • July 1991 (Issue #7) – Distinctive Adventure Award


Information also contributed by Indra was here, Nowhere Girl, WONDERなパン, Eurythmic, Narushima, Ryan Prendiville, Swordmaster, OceansDaughter, and PsOmA

Related Web Sites

  • GameFAQs (Various walkthroughs and guides for QFG2)
Contributed to by Eurythmic (2694) and POMAH (66760)
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