Let's face it, the adventure game genre
has some flaws. Most adventure games involve tedious puzzles
that usually involve looking for items to use on things
to get items to use on other things or fiddling with random devices
, and frequently these puzzles make no sense
Quest for Glory however doesn't really do that, or at least not nearly as much. Instead, a good portion of the gameplay is more or less puzzle free in the traditional sense, and what puzzles there are are much more a test of how you use your resources. NPC interaction often uses standard adventure dialogue trees
, but they are usually not too important and rarely go too deep or take up a lot of time.
Doubtless this sort of gameplay would be a lot less interesting though if it didn't have elements of a role-playing game
. The system is simple. You start with various attributes that you can increasing by practice. Magic can be learned at various places and can be practiced to increase it's power. That's about all there is to it. But the fact that combat and character growth exist at all is something that can really spice up the game beyond a simple adventure game.
The real genius of the game though, is how the adventure and RPG elements work together. Almost every action you can do has a attribute associated with it. A lot of adventure games would let you climb a tree. Only the Quest for Glory series has a climbing attribute and actually keeps track of how good you are at it and has you slip and fall if you don't have enough points. In addition by doing actions over and over you get better at them, but it also drains stamina, requiring you to rest. In addition, all spells and a lot of items that otherwise are used for recovering health or as equipment can also be used as solutions to puzzles. And since you can create your character as one of three classes with different skillsets, puzzles have multiple solutions.
That said, if you threw out all the role-playing game elements, I think it would be a better adventure game then most. Useing spells/skills or multiuse items in different ways rather then one-use disposable items is one example of that. Then again maybe adventure games are best as hybrids. Like with Psychonauts