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?
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Release Date: Mar 20, 2014

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January 16

Update for soundtrack

Hello! An update is available - it is the soundtrack - which will be added in your Library > Music section. Now you can enjoy all the tracks via the Steam music player or from your hard drive. We hope you enjoy Ragna Rock - the original soundtrack for Heroine's Quest.

Please note a couple of small, additional updates may occur over the next week as we tweak the soundtrack page. We also apologize that the soundtrack was not available via Steam earlier as intended, but hope you now enjoy this addition to your Steam music collection.

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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

    • OS: XP
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
Helpful customer reviews
75 of 78 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.4 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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Ever wonder how it feels like to play a game on a 2001 Windows XP? Then this is the game for you!

Heroine's Quest is a classic adventure RPG game where you must survive harsh environments, facing creature enemies along the way before facing the final boss on the final battle. The amount of puns and fourth-wall breaking is what made me stay to play this game even more. 6/10 would recommend!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok is a classic graphical adventure game themed on Norse mythology with extensive combat and RPG mechanics in the vein of Quest for Glory. It is effectively an affectionate parody of classics such as King's Quest.

Please keep in mind that although the game designers are clearly FAMILIAR with Norse mythology, this game does not simply faithfully copy it - the mythical Norse characters are noticeably different in story and/or basic design from their namesakes, which to be honest is entirely consistent with classic adventure games. For instance, it is the Heroine who goes after Fafnir at Regin's request, as opposed to Sigurd who just sits around cooking great food all day. That said, savvy players may still pick up on details ahead of time, such as with Hervor.

As the dialogue in the game is fully voice-acted, you play as the nameless Heroine who must be female and who is never referred to by name. You may select one of three classes: Warrior, Mage, or Thief. Of these three, Warrior is considered easy, Mage is medium, and Thief is hard; the game will adjust the solutions to its puzzles according to which of these classes were selected. Warrior basically just muscles and fights her way through everything, you see, and is suitable for a first play until you're familiar with the general flow of the game.

After picking a class, you are given points to boost your starting stats or add new skills - after this point, you are more or less unable to learn skills you don't already have, such as the ability to cast magic or gather herbs. I strongly advise that your first run through the game be with a vanilla Warrior with all points dumped into Agility (in my experience the slowest stat to raise).

The game is divided into several chapters, each of which makes clear a basic story goal for the Heroine to complete such as "save the guy you just saw fall down half-dead in the snow". As a fair bit of warning, you may permanently miss out on sidequests if you proceed to the next chapter without doing them, so be sure that you've done all that you can do before moving on - the game has no time limit beyond keeping the Heroine from dying to starvation / sleeplessness / freezing, so you're free to grind your skills and farm silver from the various enemies.

Heroine's Quest features a rudimentary real time combat system - the reason I said to spam Agility is because you will go faster and the other guy will go slower. If an enemy catches up to you, then you have to fight it. The Heroine may not only attack from several directions, but she can also change her weapon outside of combat (presuming she has more than one) - some enemies are much easier to fight with specific weapons. She can also block (Warrior) and dodge in three directions (everyone), and may learn additional special attacks over the course of the game. Mage can use some of her spells in combat, as well.

The game's most frustrating feature by far has to be the hidden point values. Your Score itself will announce when you've accumulated a point, but your hero score and morality don't; the only indicator of those values to my knowledge is in an optional (but extremely useful!) bonus in the Warrior's endgame. Fortunately, the other two classes don't have access to that content anyway and therefore don't have to worry about their hidden values, but it's very frustrating for those of you who want a "perfect" run, especially since the game frequently updates to change what affects your hidden values.

All in all, Heroine's Quest is a wonderful game, especially considering that it is entirely payment-optional. Consider chucking a few bucks their way to help ensure they produce another game of this quality!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Fans of the classic adventure games by Sierra will be right at home when playing this. Taking heavy inspiration from the Quest for Glory Series (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quest_for_Glory) that was released throughout the 90s the game doesn't fail to live up to it's high standards.

The story is pretty straight forward and once again pays homage to the Quest for Glory series. Like in the older title you are a hero(ine) who is suddenly stranded in a foreign land and then forced to deal with impending doom. The story takes many twists and turns along the way and is intricately crafted to keep you on your toes.

The gameplay is equally inspired. You have a choice of three character classes to chose from when you start. Each class has their own unique traits and skills. The enjoyable part is, much like the classics, each obstacle you face can usually be solved in different ways. Magic, brute strength, or sleight of hand can be used to accomplish each task differently. Conversational options can also change the required task. This creates the chance for a varied play through and replayability.

The combat is the Quest for Glory series was never it's strong point and it's not the strongest point of this game either. It does get the job done though and isn't a turn off.

The music and sound effects and crisp and enjoyable and fits the atmosphere of the current screen well. The voice acting is excellent if somewhat varied in it's quality.

The artwork is amazing. It represents the 90s game style perfectly. Backgrounds that look like they could have been hand painted fit together well and make the world feel well put together. The sprite work is clean and well executed. The portrait pictures for the characters are interesting and give a face to what would otherwise be a handful of pixels.

All together the game is simply amazing, especially for something that is offered for free on Steam. If you're the person who feels adventure gaming hit it's peak in the 90s and misses the feeling those games give you this one will be exactly what you want. It feels like a game that was made by Sierra in that era and simply unearthed later.

If you've never played the classics then I still recommend you give this one a shot. Then after you complete this one I recommend you check out some of classics that inspired it and run through the entire Quest for Glory series.
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