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Wages of War is the third game in the Quest for Glory series. It is set in the Africa-like world of Tarna, where the hero travels with paladin Rakeesh, his new Liontaur friend he has met in the previous game. Shortly after his arrival, the hero learns about the conflict between the human Simbani tribe and the seemingly malevolent neighboring Leopardmen. It is now time for our hero to become a skillful diplomat and prevent an upcoming war between the two nations.

The basic gameplay system is similar to that of the two preceding games. The game has an adventure-like structure and gameplay elements, including puzzles to solve, inventory items to use, and characters to talk to, as well as a role-playing system with combat and character development. As in the predecessors, the player character can be either a fighter, a thief, or a mage; in this installment, the paladin class is selectable from the beginning of the game (unlike the previous game, where the hero could only earn the title of a paladin during the course of the story). Saved characters from the previous game can be imported.

Like in the earlier Quest for Glory games, the main character's parameters increase directly after battles or by repeatedly performing various actions. New to the series is an overworld map on which the hero travels between locations. Hostile encounters may occur randomly while traversing the map. Combat system is similar to the predecessors, with real-time battles where the player selects various offensive and defensive options.

Graphics engine and interface in this installment are the same as in the remake of the first game: it has 256-color graphics and an icon-based interface which was used by Sierra for their contemporary adventure games.


Quest for Glory III: Wages of War DOS Meeting with the rajah
Quest for Glory III: Wages of War DOS Tarna entrance - it's a good idea to talk to day and night guards and learn more about recent history of Tarna.
Quest for Glory III: Wages of War DOS The amulet seller is the most useless of all merchants in the Tarna bazaar. However, at least we get some fun comments such as this little Easter egg.
Quest for Glory III: Wages of War DOS Entrance to the Lost City

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Quest for Glory III: Wages of War Magazine Advertisement


Alternate Titles

  • "่‹ฑ้›„ๅ‚ณๅฅ‡3๏ผšๆˆฐ็ˆญ็š„ๅ ฑ้…ฌ" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "Quest for Glory III: ื”ื“ืจืš ืœืžืœื—ืžื”" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Quest for Glory III: Seekers of the Lost City" -- Planned re-release title
  • "Quest for Glory III: Der Lohn des Krieges" -- German title
  • "QFG3" -- Abbreviated series title
  • "์˜์›…์˜ ๊ธธ III: ์ „์Ÿ์˜ ์‘๋ณด" -- Korean spelling
  • "Hero's Quest 3: Wages Of War" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Has the word "impressive" written all over it Katakis | ใ‚ซใ‚ฟใ‚ญใ‚น (43211) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Atmosphere counts too, not just the gameplay Nowhere Girl (8580) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Most benevolent, non-violent, ultraviolet! Unicorn Lynx (181393) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
The worst of the series. SebastianLi (55) unrated
Sierra in its better days Vohaul (21) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Top Secret Mar, 1994 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1992 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker Nov, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Play Time Nov, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Play Time 1993 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Power Play Dec, 1992 72 out of 100 72
Adventure Classic Gaming Feb 02, 2006 3 out of 5 60
Quandary Feb, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Alle PC Spiele 1993 Unscored Unscored


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The game that you can play in the Simbani village called Awari is an actual game in real-life. Oware (as it is commonly known) is the national game of Ghana and is played by people in West Africa and the Carribean.


The game takes place on the continent of Fricana. Fricana is an anagram of the word 'African'.


  • Start a fire in the savannah, and don't put it out. You will be paid a visit by Smokey the Elephant.
  • If you venture too far into the savannah without food, you may be given a gift by the Awful Waffle Walker.
  • In Salim's Apothecary try lighting the bong with a tinderbox and smoking it three times in a row (save your game first!). You'll get an important lesson on the ramification of taking drugs.
  • Kalb

    The dog-like merchant Kalb is not named this way without reason: "kalb" is Arabic for "dog".

    Kalb also boasts a good knowledge of English language; if you agree to buy something from him, he will describe you as "magnanimous, magnificent, beneficent, munificent, benevolent, malevolent, non-violent, ultra-violet friend of dogs".


    The background music in the apothecary is White Rabbit, by Jefferson Airplane.


    • Quest for Glory III has cameo appearances by Sanford & Son, and Laurel & Hardy.
    • Corey Cole makes a cameo appearance as the apothecary Salim.
    • The Sanford and Son weapon seller in Tarna sells things, mentioning the "Lara bow" and the "Amon Re" tribe. This is a reference to the Sierra adventure game Laura Bow in The Dagger of Amon Ra.


    This game was added midway through the cycle. The original plan was to have four games, with a number of intentional metaphoric parallels built in. (four compass directions, four elements, etc) However, after finishing Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire, the Coles decided that the character of Hero wasn't developed enough to make Shadows of Darkness work, and invented this adventure to build his personality up a bit. (previously, the Hero was primarily a warrior. This game taught him to be a diplomat and peace-maker, virtues necessary in Shadows' This is the primary reason the game seems a bit short and less involved than the others.


    After the initial release of Quest for Glory III: Wages of War Sierra discovered that another developer had trademarked the name Wages of War. Thus Sierra decided to change the game's title to Quest for Glory III: Seekers of the Lost City for planned further releases. However since the other game was never actually released the name change never took place. However, the title Quest for Glory III: Seekers of the Lost City is mentioned in (at least) the disk version of the fourth installment of the series.


    • Power Play
      • Issue 02/1993 โ€“ #3 Best Presentation in 1992
    Information also contributed by Boris Stovich, OceansDaughter, Rambutaan, Roedie, Tim Takalo, Unicorn Lynx and WizardX
    Eurythmic (2694) added Quest for Glory III: Wages of War (DOS) on Jul 19, 1999