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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok

Finally got round to playing Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok a bit recently, and after a couple of false starts (managing to get my character killed from cold, hunger or varg!), I can tell you that it's an extremely good game.  (I know, big shock etc... we all knew it was going to be good.)  An interesting mix of Adventure and RPG, a la Quest for Glory, it strikes a really nice balance and, aside from perhaps being a little frustrating at times - in the way all adventure games can be when you get stuck - it's a great game.  Nice music, very good voicework, great retro backgrounds and a solid storyline, and three character classes to choose from at the beginning which do have an effect on what you can do in the game.

I've enjoyed previous games by Crystal Shard - though I suck at platformers so didn't get very far with Indiana Rodent: Raiders of the Lost Cheese - especially the excellent A Tale of Two Kingdoms - but Heroine's Quest is, I think, the most impressive yet.  As with all of Crystal Shard's games it's completely free (though you can donate if you're feeling generous; I feel that considering the quality of the games they make, a fair number of people will have been over the years).  I really like the humour in the game too, it's not in your face but it permeates much of what you see and hear.

You can get Heroine's Quest and all the other Crystal Shard games at their Official Website.

Here are some in-game screenshots from my own adventures (so far) with Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok:

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