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!
Sojourner : I've been trying to get this to run, no luck so far. It crashes as soon as I try to load it telling me it can't set to 320x200 mode (or whatever that ancient resolution is).
I've tried adding -setup to a shortcut, no joy. I've tried putting it in windows XP compatibility mode, no joy there either. I'm running Vista with all current updates.
Can anyone out there help? I originally played QFG1 when it was Hero's Quest, on a Hercules monochrome monitor. Loved the typing interface, really miss that flexibility and the chance to be creative with the questions and puzzles.
EDIT: Never mind. I put TWO dashes in front of setup, now it works.
Aaaaand apparently trying to run it in widows mode is right out. Oh well. It sort of works, I'll just have to fullscreen it.
Blake00 : Opps! All fixed. Looks like I spelt it correctly everywhere else thank goodness.
Kill the old (it contains errors & missed quests), replace with the new please.
eMTe : Great. It's always good to see somebody that dedicated. This is what keeps the old/freeware/indie games world going.
I will add your guide soon, just please tell me do you want to keep the old guide for some reasons or should we replace the old with new one?
Also, I noticed that the full name of CWF is slightly misspelled on your site - it should be "Curly's", not "Curleys". This is no very big deal, but I love pointing out small details.
Blake00 : Well the day has finally come! Iím releasing Version 1.1 of my QFG 4 Ĺ Walkthrough!
Iím very sorry I took a year and half to do this but it was hard to find the motivation to come back and replay the game multiple times as multiple characters, all for the second time haha!
Iíd like to once again say thank you to all those who contacted me about the walkthrough either in the forums or by email. Your information helped me a LOT!
As always if anyone has any new information or errors to report after playing the game please let me know. I promise further updates will happen much quicker if they are required!
You can download my map and updated walkthrough from my Quest For Glory 4 Ĺ Webpage . Once again you have my permission to use the walkthrough on your site (you currently have a web version of my version 1 walkthrough on your site).
Version 1.1 Changes (thanks to lots of helpful feedback from fans!):
- 2 new suggestions to get the game working.
- Meeting a band of forest adventurers who can teach Magic Users the Leprechaun Gold spell.
- Using Leprechaun Gold on various NPCs.
- How to break in and steal from the Jonesís House.
- Many more fixes, changes and improvements to various quests.
Known Bugs & Issues:
- Random crashes when sleeping till day or night (not the smaller rests)
- Random crashes when looking at your stats (particularly at start of game)
- Always crashes when you try to play cards with the rednecks
- Rumoured corrupt savegame issue (I didnít succumb to it through because I rotated between 4 savegames to be safe).
- The food on the tree at Erana's peace (after kicking out the hippies) doesn't seem to sustain you.
- Stealth & Run modes donít seem to work
- Stamina & Mana potions donít always work. Health potions can become everlasting.
Unsolved Mysteries In The Game:
- The true purpose of the Camouflage cape is unknown
- You cannot seem to do anything in the spores area, may just be authentic decoration this time
- You can visit and chat with the now alcoholic depressed Hermit at his cave and at the bar yet he appears to have no related items or quests.
- The ghostís murderer is almost impossible for the Thief & Magic user to defeat in combat due to it being monumentally difficult to raise their health & stamina points. No alternative strategies have been found to beat him.
Prisoner416 : Could anyone make a video play-through of this game?
I can't play it at all on account of either losing the mouse, or the mouse being too slow and unresponsive.
I particularly want to see the controversial Hilde event I've heard so much about.
The game isn't in fact a Mario clone, however at first glance it looks like another walk-right-avoid-monsters-and- collect-colourful-objects game. The game isn't "childish" at all, further levels are really hard and jumping tricks require very good skill.
After spending some time with this game I think it's one of the best freeware platformers I've ever played.