All is not well in the Valley of Spielburg. Elsa has disappeared (again) and the sheriff has been murdered. The rest of the valley is in chaos and the influx of heroes has done little to calm it. Your job is not done. It's time to go back to Spielburg.
For those of you who haven't played Quest for Glory series: it all started in 1989 when Sierra created first game, combining classic third person point and click adventure with RPG (upgradable statistics, side quests, battles) and on-the-edge humour. Five installments have been released so far. 4 1/2 mixes ripped-off VGA graphics with original story and potentially offensive dialogues and narrator's comments. It is heavily inspired by first chapter - So You Want to Be a Hero: Spielburg and almost all of its citizens are present and story centers around disappearing of Elsa, baron's daughter.
While made with Adventure Game Studio Quest for Glory 4 1/2 is a DOS game. You can experience trouble running it or you may be unable to run it at all. Game is also notable for numerous bugs and frequent crashes. Nothing will be ever done about it - official site is long dead and project not supported anymore. Even official AGS site lists authors as "unknown", so game is now considered something between freeware and abandonware.
Important note for players: Please safe your progress very often in several different save slots. Otherwise you might not be able to complete the game!
Pater Alf : Good to hear that you finally managed to run the game. Two more hints:
a) Skip the Poker sequence. The game will most likely crash if you try to run it.
b) Save often and in different slots. There are dead ends, gamebreaking bugs and altogether the game isn't very stable.
Mavaan : Sorry to say but those tricks didn't help anything. anyway, I got this other hint of using an other versión of CWSDPMI, the r5 version from: http://homer.rice.edu/~sandmann/cwsdpmi/index.html and that did the trick, at least I have started !!!! so hope the poker and striptease won't be too much for the sensitiveness of my dear machine, heh... thanx a lot anyway for everything!!!!
Pater Alf : No idea why it doesn't work for you. I've just downloaded it again and checked it and with the CWSDPMI.EXE it works like a charm for me. And I have 64bit Windows 7,Service Pack 1 as well. Did you configure the Dosbox yourself? If that's the case simple try to drop and drag the QFG.exe on the DosBox.exe. If you do so the DosBox auto-configures itself and from my experience you often get much better results that way.
Besides that you could start the setup.exe in the QFG folder and look if the setting show the Soundblaster Card. If they do, set them to Auto-Detect (which should be the default setting).
Mavaan : Just in case, although I don't think it's anything useful: I lowered the cycle number in dosbox config, and the appearing text is: SET BLASTER= A220 I7 D1 H5 T6; copyrights etc; 486 CPU detected; checking sound inits.
dosbox is the latest versión (74), the game itself doesn't have any versión info (but I think there's just one, or?) and neither has the CWSDPMI. And I have Windows 7 home Premium service pack 1, 64 bits. hope to hear form you soon!
Mavaan : Thanx pal. I did that, and dosbox complained "Load Error: no DPMI - Get csdpmi*b.zip" So I downloaded the file and put the "CWSDPMI.EXE" into the qfg41/2 folder. Now we've moved a bit firther, but not much: dosbox displays some text, but it's go too fast that I could read it, and then it goes just black.... any ideas what do now?
Pater Alf : I would recommend to download the Dos version of the game and start it with the latest version of DosBox. That should work without any problems. Running the Windows version on a modern Windows 7/8 computer is kind of a hard task.
Mavaan : Hi there! First, thanx for the wlkthrough etc, I'm a biiig fan of QFG, and now that I found the 4 1/2 I got very excited, having something new to do Unfortunately, I can't make it work despite all the instructions: I've made the short-cut adding setup.exe (with one and two dashes), tried every compatibility mode between 95 and 2000, with and without the option for resolution 640 x 480, but all I ever get is a message: "there was a problem initializing graph mode 320 x 200. Can not set video mode. I've got W7. Could this be more a problema of my computer? I admit, I don't know anything about them, just wanna have good adventures Thanx for any advice you can offer !!!!
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