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Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok

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Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok is a 2D adventure RPG with a high focus on depicting Norse mythological tradition.

Gameplay

The player follows the path of Heroine through the number of 2D pixel-art locations stylized for 90s games. The RPG element brings classes, skill trees, and looting system into the title. The available classes are warrior, mage, and thief.
One of the main focuses is on the realism — the game features a vast variety of deaths, for instance, death from frostbite if the character does not dress well; death from hunger in case the protagonist forgot to eat, and death from poisoning if the hero ate a suspicious flower in a middle of a woods.
The battles are not of the primary locus here — nonetheless, the system is simple and concentrated on hitting, casting spells and dodging in the appropriate time.

Plot

The player follows a storyline of a heroine who is destined to prevent Ragnarok — the death of all the living creatures according to the Norse mythology. The Valhalla stories, as well as the Tales of Nine Worlds here, are cleverly mixed-up with the postmodernist gags, forth wall-breaks, and even Harry Potter references. The game's source of inspiration is often confused with Skyrim. However, the developers say, that story resembles Quest for Glory in various ways.

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Developer
Crystal Shard
Publisher
Screen 7, Crystal Shard
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.crystalshard.net/hq.htm

System requirements for Linux

Minimum:
  • OS: Ubuntu 14.0 or compatible
  • Processor: Intel or AMD CPU
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: SDL compatible card
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: SDL compatible sound card
  • Additional Notes: Compatible with CentOS 7.2, Debian 8.6, Mint 17, OpenSuSE 12.2
Recommended:
  • OS: Ubuntu 16.0 or compatible
  • Processor: Intel or AMD CPU
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: SDL compatible card
  • Storage: 700 MB available space
  • Sound Card: SDL compatible sound card
  • Additional Notes: Compatible with CentOS 7.2, Debian 8.6, Mint 17, OpenSuSE 12.2

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows Vista or newer
  • Processor: Intel or AMD CPU
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
  • Additional Notes: Mouse, keyboard
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
  • Processor: Dual core Intel or AMD CPU
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 700 MB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
  • Additional Notes: Mouse, keyboard
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Heroine's Quest: The Herald of Ragnarok reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
Heroine's quest is a clever mix between point & click and RPG at the quest for glory in Sierra, an adventure game created by enthusiasts, hence a lot of references to the games of Sierra of the years 80/90. It can be played in 3 ways (Warrior, witch, or thief) that will completely change the puzzles and gameplay. It's an enchanting, magical game inspired by Nordic mythology. The background and the universe of the game are however a little confused, you get lost easily. Some dialogues are also a little repetitive. The soundtrack is really good overall, most of the music is enchanting and brings a magical atmosphere to the game. Some themes are beautiful and remain in mind. Old-fashioned graphics (AGS!), 320x200 resolution, perfect for this kind of games. For a free game, it's exceptional and it will delight all followers of the genre (too rare) P&C/RPG. Beware however the game is reserved for Veterans of the genre (games of Sierra), it is really difficult whether it is in the level of fights or puzzles, and will frustrate those who do not know what to expect. NB: the game is in English.
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
A Mix of Adventure and Role-playing, with loving retro graphics. There are three Classes to Choose from at the Launch: Warrior, Sorceress, and Rogue. Each with different Priorities. This is felt not only in Attributes and Talents, but also in the Way puzzles are to be solved. The Environment and Action is strongly oriented towards Norse Mythology and is, on the whole, rather Serious and epic. Every now and then, humorous Easter Eggs pop Up, too. One should be familiar with the English Language. In Some cases, a rather special Vocabulary is used. The Game is mostly set to music and the Speakers seem believable, which contributes a lot to the Atmosphere. The same goes for the Background Music (Soundtrack is included!) My personal Experience from the first Run as a Warrior: Chapter 1 + 2 let you slowly immerse yourself in the World and the Action gradually becomes more captivating. The Puzzles have succeeded and fair. The Supporting Characters give a lot of Clues and tell of themselves. From Chapter 3, it will be a bit diffuse for my Taste. I lacked a concrete Goal there (apart from "saving the World"). With some Puzzles, the Solution seemed very arbitrary to me. A few Clues or better Representation of Hotspots could have spared Frustration. The Combat System took some getting used to for me, but also mastered after a few real Fights. I really liked the Final Sequences again and I am looking forward to dedicating myself to the remaining two Classes. If someone hasn't noticed it yet: Heroine's Quest is free;-) Free, but not for nothing. High-quality and no technical Deficiencies. There are thoroughly bought Games that could captivate me less. Overall, I really liked it and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Adventures and Role-playing games.
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