Today’s entry is by none other than longtime friend of the site Jonathon Howard who seems to be one of our resident adventure game lovers, given his output in past years of this countdown. He’s also a swell dude.
The Quest for Glory series (published by Sierra Online from 1989 to 1998) toyed with horror in the first game, So You Want to Be Hero, by including the “bogeyman” of Russian folklore Baba Yaga. The second game, Trial by Fire, gave the genre a larger role by making the big bad in the game a wicked sorcerer by the name of Ad Avis bent on summoning a great evil into this world through a ritual found in a buried desert city. Allusions to Lovecraft’s “mad arab” couldn’t be more obvious.