First off, this game is pretty tough. By tough I mean you can’t complete it very quickly and there’s a good deal of strategy that’s required if you plan on winning. I truly love the game though. I was a big fan of Dmitri’s work on Quest I and he’s really done another great job here. My fighting skills could use some refinement, as I frequently got my butt kicked back to the castle – but you win some, you lose some.
The Wraith brings us his thoughts on Quest of the Hero II
Quest of the Hero II is a roleplaying game that puts the player in the role of the Hero, out to defend the Free Lands against the Dark Wizard. The player buys soldier-creatures and spells, completes tasks, defeats monsters, and wins gold and experience. If it sounds complex, it’s because it is. This isn’t a ‘pick up and play’ game–getting somewhere requires effort, strategy, and a LOT of determination, since you will be frequently stomped on in the early game, as you try to hack-and-slash your way to some experience, which lets you buy a larger army, which in turn lets you get more experience. To minimize the learning curve, I strongly suggest new players thoroughly read the help topics. There are, however, a few things that the help topics don’t mention, such as the finite availability of spells–use them wisely.
On the whole, Quest of the Hero II is quite hard at points, but it can be more rewarding than simpler games, since there’s more to explore. Movement can be tricky, but becomes easier as you get used to it.
Quest II includes a number of significant upgrades over the original, including completely redesigned graphics, an all-new 70×70 square adventure map, the spell-system, quests, special items, and multiple map capabilities. A map editor is also planned, and there is the possibility of a high-resolution version at some point in the future. No information on when or absolute confirmation that it will happen, however.
In closing, Quest II is doubtless better suited for those who desire a deeper and more continuous gameplay, rather than momentary entertainment. If your game-time is riding in the elevator, this probably isn t for you. However, it may be just the ticket for that four-hour staff meeting about productivity.
Quest of the Hero II is available from QuestoftheHero.com and costs $19.95. Registered users of Quest I can upgrade for $9.95. It is also available in a package that combines Quest of the Hero I, 11 QotH1 maps, and Quest of the Hero II, for $29.95.
Requirements: Palm OS 3.5 or above Color screen 1.3 MB free system memory