Quest for Glory II is a particularly good pick for a remake since the original was Sierra's last EGA adventure game. While newer titles forged onward with 8-bit, 256-color graphics, and the original entry So You Want To Be a Hero received a VGA makeover for mid-1990's anthology packs, Trial by Fire was left behind with 4-bit, 16-color artwork and other design compromises dictated by the primitive hardware of its day. AGDI addresses this in fine fashion with lovingly recreated full VGA backdrops, fresh music, and new backstory content left out of the original due to space and time constraints. Antialiasing and scaling routines allow the game to run at resolutions up to 1280x800, although you shouldn't expect native pixel resolutions at those sizes, just smoothly scaled and filtered versions of the remade VGA screens. AGDI has also made the typed-text parser command system optional, so you can play the game mouse-only. There is even an optional streamlined version of the maze-like city sections that frustrated players in years past, although the best way to avoid navigation problems is remembering to get a map at the city gate when you start.
This project was a decade-long labor of love for AGD Interactive, and it shows. The result of that hard work is a hand-polished classic you should be embarrassed to download for free. While all of their remakes are a pleasure to play, Trial by Fire is something special. Give it a go; that indie gaming pack you got on sale at Steam can wait.
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