Quest for Glory III: Wages of War under Virtual PC

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Yikes! It has been a while since I played these games.  I have already covered the first and second installments of the Quest for Glory series - so now - onto number 3!

Quest for Glory III continues on with the story from before.  You have saved Shapier and have been dubbed the "Prince of Shapier", oddly enough you are immediately whisked off to a foreign land (Tarna) to help stop a brewing war there.  There are many changes in this installment:

  • Gone is the text interface, instead everything is done with mouse.
  • There is a new "overworld" that is displayed while moving between locations - which helps to make the world feel larger.
  • There is no Thieves' Guild

Unfortunately - in my opinion - this series just goes down hill from the first to the last (which is quite a shame considering how much I love the first Quest for Glory).  Quest for Glory III still has the "timed events" that I disliked from Quest for Glory II.  However, it runs correctly under Virtual PC:

qfg3-2 qfg3-6 qfg3-9

One strange thing though, is that no matter what settings I use this game always starts by telling me that it could not initialize the audio hardware - and the proceeds to play sounds and music with no problems.


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  • Ben, You haven't moved your game VMs into HyperV. Any reason for that?

  • What a game!

    And you are right, the 1st was the best!

  • Wesley -

    Hyper-V is not good for DOS gaming.  But that is another post altogether :-)



  • Agreed that QFG3 isn't very good, but the series rebounded with IV.  V also wasn't terrible, but the original Hero's Quest was much better.

    Have you run into any of the game breaking CPU bugs in any of the old games you've tried under virtual PC though?  Some of the old Sierra titles are unplayable on anything above a 386 (QFG4 being one of them).  The last time I tried (which was probably 5 years ago now), I was experimenting with things like MoSlo and DosBox-I wonder if a virtual PC will fare any better?

  • I remember that all the Quest for glory games, and all sierra adventures for that matter, gave me that same audio hardware error when i played these games as a kid. we couldnt figure out what caused it.

    i havent had this issue playing them in dosbox on my laptop now though.

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