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HeroQuest is a classic video game adaptation of the popular board game HeroQuest, released in 1991 by Gremlin Interactive. HeroQuest faithfully recreates the turn-based, dungeon-crawling, and role-playing gameplay of the board game. Players take on the roles of different heroes, including a barbarian, dwarf, elf, and wizard, as they explore dungeons, battle monsters, and complete quests.
The game offers a series of quests with interconnected storylines, usually involving a band of heroes on a quest to thwart an evil sorcerer named Zargon. Each quest has its objectives, which often include defeating specific monsters, retrieving artifacts, or rescuing characters.
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Main executable game file: heroques/HERO.EXE.

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HeroQuest review

Computer and Video Games (1991): "Unlike most games of this ilk, HeroQuest is a breeze to pick up and play - drawing you deep into its realm with some well designed gameplay and obvious devotion to the original board game. The Cadaverish graphics set the scene very well and the control system is simplicity itself. A big plus for me is the music - it's very apt and very atmospheric, providing the final touch to a very classy piece of software. With datadisks planned for the future, here is a game to take you into the wee small hours for some time to come. Bags I take this home."

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A sequel, HeroQuest II: Legacy of Sorasil, was released in 1994 for the Amiga 1200 and Amiga CD32.

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Additional info about HeroQuest

Status: abandonware
Input: keyboard, mouse, joystick
Also published for: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Acorn Archimedes, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
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  • Hello!Allison 25/01/2023 17:22
    Sad to see this has so many issues. I must've played this board game for five hundred hours as a kid, and it would've been cool to relive that in a more casual way. This is probably too much effort to emulate things than it's worth for the experience.
  • Christopher Salem 15/08/2018 14:40
    While this is a good adaptation of the board game, it's not without issues. You can have either sound, or music, but not both; it is playable but very grinding in single player mode (no AI characters); the character save/load/add/remove system is clunky; checking hallways for traps/treasures only goes as far as the screen's display will show, even if the hallway just off screen is adjacent to the same room block; recovered treasures are not carried over to the next quest, nor do you receive a cash equivalent that can be saved; the game doesn't remember quests that you've completed (no check marks), so unless you're taking notes, you'll find yourself repeating completed quests.

    Being almost completely unrelated, and not at all a board game adaption, Ultima Underworld is a magnificent game. I mention it, only because it improves on many of the shortcomings of the Hero Quest DOS game.
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