Maybe one of the best adventure games ever made. Oh, it's also an RPG.
I'm going to be honest here: I never played the original games that were an inspiration for Heroine's Quest
- the Quest for Glory
saga, which had 5 titles, the first one released on 1989 via Sierra Entertainment
. They were just amazing in every aspect - great graphics, mechanics, gameplay overall, but what they made stand out from other adventure games was the immense
amount of work done to make every puzzle solvable with several solutions. And of course the RPG~ish implementation of stats.
Normally, what you see in adventure games is a very linear path that barely has something new to tell each time. They're mostly interactive novels, in a sense. That's why I liked Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
so much, when I was a kid - it was because you have paths: Fists, Wits, and Team, and every path featured different puzzles. Quest for Glory took that idea but exploded in so many ways, you don't have 3 paths, you have 3 ways of solving every
puzzle in the game.
So when I found out this game, I though "wow, this is incredible. There's so much amount of work and love put onto this game, I can't believe it's free". So that's another strong point. This game is free. It was done by the developers in their free time, and took them 4 years to get it done.
Really, there are no words to describe why Heroine's Quest is such a huge milestone in the adventure genre, because everything
fits. The tutorial is great, the combat (while cumbersome) works, the plot is completely taken from the Norse mythology which is fantastic, and lately, the setting overall just does it. Great humor, also, that wizard and his way of talking is something I'll always remember, and I love any medium that tries to do new things breaking the fourth wall.
While anyone can complain about tons of small details and bugs of this game, it's just so small when you take into account the amount of work it needed to be done.
I can honestly say that this is one of the best free games ever made, and it completely raised the bar on what can be achieved for the genre. I think that developers should excuse the linear path less, when we can get things like Heroine's Quest. Also, I think that Dropsy
(currently being developed) will be another step into the right direction.
As a side note, I'd like to mention that in 2014 we got the release of Quest for Infamy
, another game with the same style of Quest for Glory. That one might also be worth a recommendation, but Heroine's Quest is still the best contender for the throne's legacy.