Do you remember HeroQuest? The classic fantasy board game of the 80s and 90s is BACK | Games | Entertainment
If you grew up in the 1980s, chances are you remember a board game called HeroQuest. The fantasy board game debuted in 1989 and would remain popular into the early 1990s. It also had one of the best TV commercials for a board game, with an ominous voiceover, shirtless barbarians, and corny monsters. (see below). I used to own the game as a kid and always regretted getting rid of it – the worst part is that I can’t even remember exactly what I did with it .
The good news for me is that HeroQuest is back! Not only is HeroQuest back, but it’s back with an upgrade or two.
Some of the major improvements include item parts, which are now actual models, instead of flimsy pieces of cardboard.
Other than a few quality of life improvements, everything else is pretty much as you remember it, including the excellent box art.
The game itself is for 2-5 players, with one person controlling the villainous Zargon and the others controlling the barbarian, dwarf, elf, and wizard characters.
This competitive and cooperative action dynamic is what makes HeroQuest such a compelling game.
“In the dungeon-crawling board game HeroQuest, heroes work together to complete epic quests, find treasure, and defeat the forces of evil,” the official description reads.
“This semi-cooperative board game has one player taking the role of Zargon, the master of the game, while 4 mythical heroes – barbarian, dwarf, elf and wizard – team up in their quest for adventure in a maze of monsters and eerie darkness dungeons.
“Players can immerse themselves in the fantasy with stunning artwork and over 65 detailed miniatures.
“The game comes with 14 quests and offers unlimited replayability, as players can also build their own quests and create their own stories. Gather friends for an exciting night of tabletop gaming in an epic battle of good and evil. “
As you can see in the video above, the player in charge of Zargon sets up the board, revealing new pieces as the heroes pass through the doors.
Upon entering rooms, heroes may encounter enemies, which is where the combat system comes into play.
Combat involves rolling dice for the attacker and defender, and calculating damage based on character stats and the number of symbols on the dice.
The game also features a host of traps, spells, and treasures, the latter of which can be used to upgrade your characters between quests.
With a duration of around 2 hours, it’s a great game to play when you spend the evening at home.
The only downside is that the new and improved HeroQuest is a bit more expensive than you might remember, costing around £100 depending on where you go.
You can get a copy from the Hasbro Pulse website for £99.99.