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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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
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I never played free games. In my mind, terms "free game" and "piece of trash" were equivalent to each other.

I was wrong.

Heroine's Quest is not perfect, there are some flaws but, despite everything, I think that it is one of the best point and click quests I had played for many years. And, first of all, I must mention that Heroine's Quest looks like direct homage to famous classic game Quest for Glory and, maybe, this is the best recommendation that I can give to this game. So, what Heroine's Quest can offer?

Storyline. It is simple and does not offer unexpected twists. There are "evil guys" and you need to fight them, and that is all. The charm of Heroine's Quest lies in excellent, well-developed side-quests with a lot of different ways of solving. Unlike most point and click quests, this game can be played several times, and it will be quite different experience. I can not remember a lot of point and click quests with such good replayability! Also, Heroine's Quest contains a huge amount of humor, irony and "easter eggs". Game tells you about saving the world, but does it with ironic smile, and I really loved this narration.

Characters are excellent. They are fully voiced, each character has his schedule and moves between locations, and most importantly - depending on situation, dialogues with them may be very different. Do not expect, for example, that people will want to spread gossip about the jarl, when he walks nearby. Many dialogs contain tips and hints, so I advise you to listen carefully. Game rewards player for exploring, look around curiously, so you can find a lot of useful things and interesting information.

System of skills is quite simple, but well developed. I can not say that all skills are equally useful, but they provide a good variety. Combat is an arcade mini-game, which seems not too difficult, but boss-fights can bring a lot of trouble for player, especially if you play on high difficulty. Well, and if you like mini-games, do not forget to visit tavern at evening, drink some mead and play dice with locals.

Well, as I said, in my opinion there are some flaws in this game. Lets see...

First of all, there are so-called "survival elements". It means that your character need to eat, sleep and not freeze. At first glance it seems like an interesting mechanics, player need to manage resources and plan travels. In fact, neither hunger nor cold nor need for sleep, does not add any complexity to the game. In very first hours player can get access to unlimited amount of food, and all this "surviving" quickly turns into tedious and boring process "once again, travel to the city just to sleep and eat." It is just waste of time. Of course, you can play on low difficulty, so you will not have to worry about food and sleep... but enemies also become weaker. You want to fight with strong enemies, but do not want to waste time searching for food and place for sleep? Unfortunately, this is not possible.

Grind. Player can raise skills of character by using these skills, so... you can fight enemies for hours, or climb the same cliff again and again, just to raise appropriate skills. Well, grind is not necessary, but on hard difficulty it will make life easier.

Fast-travel. In fact, there is fast-travel in game, but it is not available from start, and player need to find it. So, you will travel through empty locations again and again, in my opinion it is just more wasting of time.

Hidden statistics. There is a parameter "honor", it is hidden and player can not track what actions affect this parameter. "Honor" can be quite important - depending on your style - and if you want to have a high level of honor, it may be very difficult to manage it.

Despite all these flaws, I literally fell in love with Heroine's Quest. I had seen a lot of bad games that cost a lot of money, and it is a good game of very high quality, which is distributed for free. True miracle! If you like point and click quest in old-school style - try Heroine's Quest. Hey, in any case you will lose nothing!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
148.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
The Quest for Glory series was my favorite games of all time. When this game came out I had to try it out. I love the game-play and the story-line. I couldn't believe they made this game for free. I highly recommend this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Brilliant game that successfully brings you back to the 90s. The art and sound is on point and i love the riddles. Most really make sense and are fun to solve.
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161 of 171 people (94%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2014
A game involved with Norse mythology, inspired by classic adventure games with a female protagonist.

A greatly enjoyable story, it has kept me hooked giving me optional quests with alternative solutions.
Battling monsters, solving puzzles and saving the world!

You start off with choosing between 3 classes: Warrior, Sorceress and Rogue. Or have a mixture to your liking.
The game contains superb music and dialogues, mostly voice acted along with nicely done character portraits.
There is also another feature I quite like in the game, was the realism feel to when your character gets cold or hungry. How it effects her during the game, giving you more of a challenge whilst playing. But there is a choice to to turn down the difficulty if you didn't prefer it.

This does bring me back memories when I use to play Kings Quest.

Thank you to all the developers for this amazing free game!
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203 of 242 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
An incredibly good throwback to the old Sierra Hero's Quest aka Quest For Glory games. In many ways this game is better than any of the originals. The combat is better and the addition of extra quests gives more reason to explore the world. It's challenging and charming with great writing and luscious scenery. A very likeable production.

I can't believe such a labour of love is free of charge.
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82 of 87 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2015
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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113 of 138 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
*****Winter Has Come*****

Finally, this game came to Steam and I am sure many people might be puzzled why such a game with a solid manual accompanying it appeared in Steam. Is it a promo? Perhaps a conspiracy? Maybe Valve is buggy? Absolutely not! I have played the game far before it hit Steam, and I'll say it is a real deal.

Ladies and gentlemen, this game is a geniune point&click adventure game in the spirit of old Quest for Glory Series. The inspiration and some mechanics will be familiar to the people who played those games...but you will see it is actually far better then those old games. Let us see what we have in the pot.

First of all, you are playing a Heroine who was travelling to city of Fornsigtuna gets ambushed by an ettin (two-headed giant). But thanks to luck, they are unable to eliminate their target. And from there, your story of heroine-ism starts (of course, your first task is to find some food, naturally)! I should say, playing the game from Heroine perspective adds quite a spice to the game, signifying that the game will be quite different then Quest for Glory games we know.

You can choose from three different kinds of classes with their own unique approach to both main quest and side quests. As well as by buying some cross-class skills you can spice up your game even further...but do not rely on that too much. Three classes are Fighter, Mage and Thief. I would suggest you to take a glance at the manual for the explanation of skills&such which may come in handy.

The dialogues are fully voiced and there is no shortage of interesting characters...where I'd like to refrain mentioning them for the time being. But one major thing you will notice is this: When a character is at the presence of another, the dialogue lines may differ or other character can add a comment of his own...which makes the dialogue system even richer then it already is. Aside that, several minigames (wizard challenges, gambling with Fornsigtuna locals etc) add to the charm of this game.

One major point is the survival. Yes, you have to eat food to survive and on top of that you have to find a way to keep yourself warm...since it is Fimbulwinter...it is more crucial then ever. Since there are several ways to skin a cat, there are several ways to survive. By the way, as you might see the game features a solid inspiration by Norse Mythology...so prepare to meet several characters and events which has a part over there.

You will not regret playing this game. Ragnarok awaits you!
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87 of 104 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
I really like this game a lot. I'm a fan of the old Sierra/LucasArts games, and I loved the Quest for Glory games. I thought this would be sort of a cheap, junky fan-based hack of Hero's Quest (the original version of the first Quest for Glory). Boy was I wrong. Sierra would have been proud to publish this back in the day.

It is an homage to Hero's Quest, for sure, and derives its inspiration from it, but it really does interesting things with the formula, and maybe most importantly of all, it's really high-quality. The music is great.

It's free, so you have nothing to lose by giving it a try. I thought I'd find it merely entertaining, but I actually really like it a lot.
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47 of 50 people (94%) 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.


(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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57 of 70 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
Why hello stranger.

If you love the ol' Sierra, Lucasart sytle of games then you are right at home son! Pull up a chair and let me tell you a tale of what you might miss if you don't check Heroine's Quest out.

First of all.... Are you being a skeptic? Are you natuarlly wondereing why this game is free?

Well granted most greedy software publishers always have their hands out before you can play their game, well not this game, no sir. The developers and Crystal Shard simply wish for us games to enjoy some damn fine awesome "free" gaming.

There is no micro-transactions or DLC here, and the developers are not making a single penny for this game.

The developers and Cyrstal Shard should be praised for the type of product that they delivered because this game delivers a high quality game. This game has voice acting, and a beautiful soundtrack.

So why are you still reading this? Go install it right now my friend, and taking a few minutes to give thanks to the nice people that gave us this for free.
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25.0 hrs
Posted: October 25
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Chris Darril
0.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
Boring, kitsch and badly written/designed.
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34.2 hrs
Posted: October 6
This game was excellent and seemed as if it was the next chapter and hero in the quest for glory series. But, HQ is its own game. Anyone that enjoyed the old Sierra Quest Adventure series will feel right at home here with the hand drawn backgrounds, puzzles and interesting world. The game is also free so if you are on the fence reading this review, there really is no reason not to. They also made another classic adventure game called A Tale Of Two Kingdoms which is also a free title available on their website.
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8.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
Quest for Glory is my absolute favorite series of all time, so I was really excited to find this homage. It totally nails the style and tone of the series, from the artwork to the sound effects and the dialogue. There's a ton of subtle references to the games, particularly QFG1, which I've played more times than I can count. If you're a fan of classic point and click adventure games, especially the hybrid RPG style that Quest for Glory pioneered, this is worth checking out.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 5
I love this game. It reminds me so much of the old point and click games as a kid. Recommended.
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14.2 hrs
Posted: September 5
As someone who grew up loving Quest for Glory 1 though 5, I cannot praise this game enough.
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15.1 hrs
Posted: September 1
Phenomenal FREE game especially if you are a fan of the old 90's era DOS adventure games. It's a point and click game, sometimes you can get confused on what to do but then once u figure it out you see that it was something so simple and then you continue on your quest.

Highly inspired by Sierra's Quest for Glory series which was just actually put on steam as a bundle too. Right from the start you see that as you can pick the fighter mage or Thief class. To increase your skills in this game you just do that skill.

For a free game it is great, brings me back to the 90's. For anyone who grew up in that era and played those style games you are in for a treat. But if you are young and a teen I suggest trying it out just to see how this sorta style game is. Who know's you might really enjoy it.

Highly recommended, heck I have a bunch of triple A games I need to finish yet I was playing this game for hours yesterday instead and having a great time. Funny how sometimes free and yet games so simple are better than brand new titles you pay top dollar for.
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