I downloaded this game last night and completely lost track of time. When I finally looked at the clock, it was 5:00AM in the morning, and I was still reluctant to power down the computer and go off to bed. I finally gave in and did so with a smile on my face, and with thoughts of old school gaming dancing in my head.
This game reminded me of the kind of games that I first started out playing as a kid... The kind that made me feel like I was stepping into the pages of an adventure and/or fantasy book, where the journey itself was everything! Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok, is an ode and a love letter to that idea. Mind you, I haven't finished playing the full game yet, but so far I am enjoying the hell out of it.
It is wonderful and honestly I cannot believe that it is presented on Stream to us as free! I've paid for a few games that were no where near as good as this one is...
It is strong on having a unique cast of characters with good, steady character development, intriguing storylines, and subtle dialogue in spots, that if missed may have you wondering what to do next... The map is rather large, and allows you to roam within in interesting ways. There's no porting when traveling so be prepared to walk everywhere. The combat system is straight forward. You have to use the left side of your keyboard and mouse as the default settings. However, it does allow you to alter those setting and bind to other keys if you wish. The vocal talents in my opinion should be celebrated! They bring a sense of realism and depth to a cast of characters, ranging from the serious too the down right silly. The graphics pop with fun colors, without giving you a head ache, and the music and sounds are done in such a way as not to drive you nuts. I found myself humming the melodies several times, as most of the musical score is quite lovely. Settings for these can also be adjusted to your liking should the defaults bother you. I remind you check the difficulty setting in the control panel and go through the tutorial at the start of the game. Again, all of which is pretty straight forward. And finally, without sounding sexist I hope, it is very nice to see a main character in this genre be a woman. It is a rare thing. However, don't think of this as a "chic" gamer's game. I think men will enjoy this one too.
So in closing, read everything, click on everything (the puzzles range from simple to hard, so again take your time....), explore and roam, and listening to every character's tale... The game is rich with things to do and how to do them is up to you. It is fun but can be challenging at times so be patient.
Take your love of books, reading (Norse Mythology is featured heavily here and done quite well...), and gaming, and now weave them together and you've got Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok!