There’s a simple test to decide if Heroine’s Quest is right for you. If you played, enjoyed, and pined for more Quest for Glory games, you’ve passed the test. You should be playing Heroine’s Quest right now. As a spiritual successor and homage to Sierra’s RPG-slash-adventure series, Crystal Shard’s modern installment feels right at home amidst its inspirations, and could easily slip into a library of their ranks unnoticed. It brings with it a full-sized world and story, updated gameplay (a point-and-click engine, not the original text parser), and plenty of charm and tongue-in-cheek humor that would have matched wits with Sierra back in the day.
Gamers unfamiliar with Quest for Glory may need a bit more direction in their decision tree. Although Quest for Glory and Heroine’s Quest look like standard point-and-click adventure games at first glance, this is far from the truth. They are role-playing games, with random encounters, battles, side quests, armor, and skills to contend with. Your Heroine will fight trolls, level up, grow hungry, agree to help villagers, sometimes fail to help villagers, and explore a large, open world. Point-and-click adventuring still comes into play, though, and there is plenty of item collecting, puzzle solving, and dialogue-branching throughout the game’s more active—and open-ended—quests. Read more »