Hero Quest: Return of the Witch Lord

by Les Edwards
Gremlin Graphics Software Ltd
Sinclair User Issue 118, Dec 1991   page(s) 45

Label: Gremlin
Memory: 48K/128K
Price: £11.99 Tape, £15.99 Disk
Reviewer: Big Al Dykes

We raved about Hero-quest in these very pages back in June giving it 90 percent and a SU Gold award. Now Gremlin have gone one better and brought out a genuine sequel to the original. Get your dragon's teeth into this one if you dare!

Return of the Witchlord is basically the same game and you MUST have a copy of the original Heroquest to play it. However the story is a a continuation with a new and even more treacherous task and many new, stronger and more advanced enemies.

The evil Morcar your adversary in Heroquest was but a child by comparison with the Witch Lord whose ambitions stretch to control of the entire empire. He's holed up in the mountains of Kalos, looking out over the plains of death, and it's in the labyrinth of the mountain that your quest takes place.

To play return of the Witchlord you must not only have a copy of the original Heroquest but be able to play it successfully too as the outcome of this adventure will depend entirely on how well you've managed to develop your character and his skills. Return of the Witchlord is difficult.

There are still options for four player games, save and load options and everything that was in the original. If you enjoyed Heroquest you will enjoy this too, there is no doubt about it.

I must say that I am a fan of the genre too. The computer version has everything the wargamer needs to go about their strange business. Fab!

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Graphics: 85%
Playability: 88%
Lastability: 93%
Overall: 87%

Summary: A beautiful adventure game. It's a bit expensive for an add on scenario but I think anyone who enjoyed Heroquest will consider this game essential.

Award: Sinclair User Silver

Transcript by Chris Bourne

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