A Heroine must stand against the forces of frost and put an end to the lasting winter. Her might, sorcery, and cunning may be humanity’s last resort. Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok is a retro styled adventure/RPG hybrid with atmosphere and spirit reminiscent of the classics. Are you up to the task, or will you die trying?
User reviews: Very Positive (536 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 20, 2014

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About This Game

In desperation, the jarl of Jarnvidr has called for a Heroine, to stand against the forces of frost and put an end to the lasting winter. Her might, sorcery, and cunning may be humanity’s last resort. Are you up to the task, or will you die trying?

Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok is an adventure / RPG hybrid. Like in many adventure games, you have a world to save, and must use your wit, guile and inventory to puzzle your way through.

Like in many roleplaying games, you can customize your character with various classes and skills, and must train yourself in combat to stand a chance against the fierce monsters in your way.

The game is designed in the spirit and atmosphere of the classics, and strives to have the same high quality of art, music, and plot. With multiple character classes and several solutions to many puzzles for further replayability.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
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61 of 62 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Heroine's Quest: The Herald Of Ragnarok is a independent roleplaying game developed by Crystal Shard and published by Screen 7. The title is set in a fantasy realm and tasks your character, a burgeoning young adventurer, with saving the world from an ancient evil bent on bringing about Ragnarok and thus ending the world as we know it. As with most classic R.P.G.'s you choose your character class, there are three to pick from in this title, and as your character levels up you gain experience points for whichever abilities you use frequently like the old saying "the more you do something the better you get at it".

The story in this game is quite entertaining and chock full of viking lore and mythology. The gameplay and combat while simple are both quite fun and highly addictive. You'll die time and time again and scream to the heavens that you'll never play this @#$%& game again only to boot it up two hours later. There are many types of unique adversaries to battle and puzzling puzzles to solve. The dialog and voice acting is top notch. You'll converse with people and creatures which could terrify you or make you laugh your pants off with the strange and sometimes hilarious things that they say or do. The title has a great immersive feel to as it applies a timescale of morning, afternoon and evening to the questing. Your character also must feed herself, can suffer from exposure due to the harsh climate and needs sleep or rest to remain healthy just like in real life. The sound and music in this title are terrific and definitely capture the feel of the game perfectly.

If you're perceptive enough you will also get a kick out of the many pop-culture references and game developement jokes humorously sprinkled about the title...some of which will make you laugh out loud. The developers certainly aren't afraid to laugh at themselves or anyone else. This game is just fantastic and I am having so much fun playing it and one really great thing is that it is free which is shocking because I would have gladly paid for this amount of entertainment. If you're a fan of old-school roleplaying games, retro-games or just crave a great adventure title then you will not be dissapointed with this wonderful independent gem. One more thing to add, many people say that this title plays like the old "Quest For Glory" series of games which I myself am not familiar with but I think this game plays like Skyrim...if Skyrim had come out in 1991.
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40 of 41 people (98%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
If I could recommend this twice, I would.

I grew up in the Sierra games era. A beautiful time to be a gamer. Truly. This game is quite the King's Quest homage.

If you enjoyed the awesomeness of Sierra's point-and-click adventures, get this game. You will have ZERO regrets.

LOVE IT.

(PS: As I was corrected, it is more a homage to the Quest for Glory series but if you enjoyed any of Sierra's point-and-click adventures, you will NOT be disappointed!)
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Wow.
I am an old time player of adventure games, but just like many other games around.

I must say:
This game is so well made.
It is much beyond Quest for Glory in many areas, while keeping its many qualities.
Not only a remake, but a large improvement.

All this gme is free?
I can't believe it.
At least I am sure the episode II will be well sold ;)


- Character Creation is very interesting and opens many possiblities.
- There seems to be a real adventure roleplaying engine involved ; "Quest for Glory" seems to be perfected.
- Pixel art is very well made.
- Gorgeous and epic music.
- Nice scripting and storytelling ; it feels like a good game master is in the room.

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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This game is so good! It has really funny and detailed dialogues and characters. Plus they are fully voiced! I love the class system, it really gives the game a lot of replay-ability. I have to say it is just a very refreshing game which brings back memories from playing D&D and older RPGs. From a design point of view it is well programmed and though out, well written and the attention to detail is wonderful! PLUS IT'S FREE! The only downside is it makes me wish this game existed with full HD graphics, though it's aesthetic is really well done in the retro style. Great game! I can't stop telling everyone how much I love it!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
As a long-time fan of the Quest for Glory series (and all of Sierra's adventure games)
I have to say this game is outstanding. Everything about it is well-thought-out -
from the skill set (which is actually meaningful), to the music, the character art and speech...
Not to mention the very cool quests and puzzles, game logic, vast world lore and the story itself...
and even the combat system is pretty good, even though it's not as fun as QFG2 remake's combat system.

I had an amazing time playing this over and over, and I shall find myself replaying this many times more in the future.
That's a sign of a great game. Thank you guys at Crystal Shard, keep the fire burning! (:
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
38.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
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.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
If you dug the old Quest for Glory / Hero's Quest series from Sierra, you should definitely take this gem for a spin. It's got the look, it's got the lore (deliciously Norse this go 'round), it's got the feel, it's got the puns. It's even got voice-acted speech. It's even got a hidden game of Tetris. It's also got what's probably my favourite combat system in a QfG game. All told, Heroine's Quest is every bit worthy of a spot in the realms of Gloriana.

Now if only that wizard were more Erasmus-like...
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
240.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
My first introduction to PC gaming, I found HQ:tHoR easy to get into, and loved the story. It will always have a special place in my Steam Library (I mean heart).
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Been waiting for a game like this. Good old mix of adventure, RPG and sleuthing/puzzle solving a la Monkey Island. Very nice portrayal of Norse mythology. Combat takes a bit of getting used to, and you will likely die until you get the hang of hunger and hypothermia, but the deep and engrossing experience of the game is well worth the newbie frustration. Overall, highly recommended, go get it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
A point&click adventure with multiple possible playstyles and puzzle solutions, some combat and RPG elements and tons of optional things to do.

Upsides:
-A lot of content: it took me roughly 30 hours to beat the game on my first try (though I took my time to try and deal with every optional thing I came across). Even with so much content in a free2play game (kickstarted), the overall quality of the content is quite high. The layout is mostly non-linear so you can literally go on adventures and explore new stuff as you like. There are not only multiple ways to solve a situation/quest, but the results can vary quite a bit too.
-RPG elements: using a skill (any skill, not just combat-related) has a high chance to increase every time you use it. Even walking around aimlessly in the snow will boost your endurance and strength over time. There is also a hidden 'honour' value that is revealed at the end of the game.
-Three playable classes which can be customized even further by picking up to 2 additional starting skills. Since it's an adventure, there are obviously big similarities on what you do overall, but how you do it can be completely different. Some optional content is also genuinely reserved for certain classes / skills.
-All character dialogue is supported by voice acting.
-The music in this game is great.
-The setting (nordic mythology: odin, thor, loki, brunhild, fenrir, valkyries etc.) seems to have been taken quite seriously without diminishing the gameplay for the sake of it. The further you get into the game, the more fantasy elements you will come across.
-Day & Night cycle without any global time limit (as far as I know) so you can explore the game at your own pace. Still, the daytime can have a significant role in certain situations.

Depending on your taste:
-Trivia to other games and minor pop-culture humor (as is tradition with similar games back then I guess). However, this does not really influence the feel of the game overall (e.g. there are no 'joke' characters that belong to the actualy story etc.). Think of it as having tons of little not very meaningful eastereggs. In my oppinion, the humor is not as good as in some of the great classics, but it's nice to see how much effort they put into so many little details as well.
-Female protagonist who is not objectified (as in: the gender doesn't really influence the story, it just so happens that your character is a woman). I consider this a positive thing (I don't need huge boobies on my screen 24/7 as is the case with some other games) but you have no option to play a different (e.g. male) character, even when chosing a different class. Considering the vast amount of necessary art and voice-acting, this is quite understandable though.
-The game is quite challenging, especially at the very beginning. There are many ways to die or otherwise screw things up (even permanently!). Thankfully you can easily save and load in 50 different slots and there is also a difficulty slider. Personally, I like starting out in a creepy, hostile world and then growing more powerful in knowledge, skill and equipment. It feels like genuine accomplishments that have to be earned. Reaching a maximum score is also very difficult (there is sooo much optional content, you will not find it all on your first playthrough) so that's another motivation to try the game over with a different class.

Overall: 9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Great game, enjoying it thus far.
Has nice voice acting, absolutely amazing music and it's for free!

Perhaps not the most stellar combat system. But it keeps in line with the old-school rules.
This game even has a survival system. If you don't eat you die and if you stay too much in the cold you shall suffer as well.
It's all done in good traditions of innovation packed with proven to work mechanics.

Play this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Brings me back to my favorite RPG's that I grew up with (Kings Quest/Quest for Glory). To top it off, it spoofs a few of their greatest moments (as well as other games), and it is far longer game play then typical adventure rpg's.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
First off, this game is free, so you lose nothing but time if you try it out and don't care for it. However, if you're a fan of the old-school point-and-click games of yore, and pine for the days of Sierra like I sometimes do, this will be right up your ally. You do need patience, as it's slow going traversing the map, but that's the nature of the beast. Battle vargs, troll, brigands and more as either a warrior, rogue or spellcaster, and save the world from Ragnarok.

The only thing I don't care for is how they've made the need for sleep and shelter function. You can turn it off (good! I don't like bothering with those types of things), but that also puts the game in the easiest mode for all battles, too (bad, so far the fights I've encountered have been too easy on this setting.) The solution is to play fast and loose with the difficulty setting; I have it on a more difficult setting until the game indicates I'm going to die of exposure (for crying out loud, put on more than a cloak! what is with people underdressing for the weather in games?!) or hunger, and then I turn it down and continue on with that setting until I eat, sleep or find somewhere warm to recover.

Don't let that put you off, though. It's a terrific little game and honestly, I feel like they're doing themselves a disservice by giving it away; I'd have paid for it. In any case, give it a try. I'm thoroughly enjoying it and highly recommed it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
”Look out, Heroine! A POIsonous Ragnarok!”
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
If you like old school point and clicks - you'll probably get some enjoyment out of this.

Look at the price. Look at my play time. I've got my money's worth already and I've only just started.

And you can make the cursor moonwalk. 'Nuff said.

Well worth a look.

Too good to be free.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Takes me back to the old days of playing King's Quest on an old MS DOS computer (voice acting like KQV). Fortunately the genre has made large strides in gameplay and this retro-look back has made sure to include some of these. It's a basically that retro point and click adventure that make reach an itch and I found the experience to be engaging, even those adverse to the genre might consider it's worth a look on a free-to-play model.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
THIS GAME IS EPIC!
TURN FROM FREE TO FREE TO PLAY THEN WE GET OUR CARDS PLEASE?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
if you like the old kings quests games and norse mythology you'll love this. nicely done pixel art, good voice acting... and ratatosk the Doooom squirrel!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
This is a very cozy game, some of the puzzles are a little difficult to figure out but not in a "how does that even make sense" sorta way. graphics are pleasing enough to look at and the VA is reasonably good.

Honestly the best free game i've ever played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
How can I not recommend a free-to-play RPG game with pixel art and an intriguing story? And why would someone even need to read the reviews for this game? Just play it, it's not like you will lose anything (just your time, but you won't regret it).
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