Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption I got it from GOG community giveaway, donated by z02228
Now, that’s a game that makes it difficult to write a nice review. Why, you may ask? Well, because either I will write a few obvious statements that’s already included in the description of the game or I will go into some details. What’s wrong with the latter? Well, I don’t want to spoil the game to anyone. Heck, I would even like discussing the game with anybody else because even though I’ve finished the game there is still so many things to discover. I screw up several quests and I’m sure I missed a lot of possibilities so I don’t want to hear about it - I want to experience it on my own. But yeah, this way I’ve just come to a point where I can say something meaningful about the game - exploration. That’s where the game truly shines. There are so many places to explore, so many possibilities to solve a puzzle, so many ways to develop your relations with other people! And it’s not that you find a secret, solve a puzzle and you are done with it. Quite often you will see that you cannot do it right away, you have to acquire some equipment and/or rise your skills before you can solve an elaborate puzzle. So you’ll always come back to places you’ve been before to finish what you’ve started. The sense of exploration in this game is great. It’s a perfect example of a well done hybrid RPG/adventure concept. If you like things like this you won’t be disappointed.
Even though I really had blast playing it the game has some rough edges. I guess most of them comes from financial problems: some areas are beautifully drawn and well planned while others are extremely dull and uninspired. Some animations are terrible. My biggest complain, however, is that some parts of the story are cut short in a weird way. It’s particularly annoying for a certain NPC with nice backstory and distinct personality. You learn more and more about him until a point which is considered to be a culmination of your interactions with him. And after that you won’t learn anything meaningful about him anymore. So it looks like one person came up with this person but in the end the team had no idea how to make him fully compatible with the whole story. Quite disappointing indeed.
Nevertheless the game is very entertaining and I’ll definitely play it again many times. I recommend it to everybody who like adventure/RPG hybrid games (obvious must have for Quest for Glory fans) and anybody who likes unique games in general. Full list