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HeroQuest for DOS was developed by 221b Software development and Published by Gremlin Graphics Software Limited in 1991.

Is the earliest computer implementation of the HeroQuest BoardGame published by Milton Bradley Company in association with Games Workshop in 1989 (europe/Australia) and in 1990 (US/Canada) where you take the role of four heroes, a Barbarian, a Dwarf, an Elf and a Mage that must dive deep into the dungeon of the Witch Lord to defeat his army of monsters and finally confront his magic. It Consists of 14 quests (the DOS game include the first expansion with 10 additional quests) where you fight, search for traps or secret passages, collect special items and gold that you can spend between missions to buy powerful equipment.

The base mechanics are mostly the same as the boardgame (movement, attack , defend, search, magic) with some changes to enhance the gameplay on the new media (see link section).


The following tools are able to work with this game.

Name PlatformGroup/archives Levels Graphics Music Sounds Text Saves .exe patch Notes
Codec by Shelwien from Encode.su WindowsEditNoNoNoNoNoNoNo Language and Sprite/Graphic files are LZ compressed
UNP by Ben Castricum DOSNoNoNoNoNoNoNoEdit EXE are compressed with EXEPACKER
Imagej MultiNoNoEditNoNoNoNoNo Java Image editor that can import and export RAW files

File formats

The following file formats are used by this game.

Filename Format Details
QUESTxx.BIN HeroQuest Quest Format Binary files that contains Map, Monster, Traps layouts and Quest mission text
*.BIN HeroQuest Strings Format Binary files with in-game text in five languages (ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ITALIAN) and EQUEST.BIN with quest names.
*.EGA HeroQuest EGA Image Format Full-screen images (320×200) and sprites RAW 4bpp
*.VGA HeroQuest VGA Image Format Full-screen images (320×200) and sprites RAW 8bpp
QUEST.SAV HeroQuest Savegame Format Savegame file created by QUEST.EXE
QUEST.CFG HeroQuest Config Format Configuration file created by HERO.EXE
*.EXE HeroQuest EXE File QUEST.EXE contains Program-related text and the EPILOGUE, INTRO.EXE contains the INTRO panels text.
GAME&FX.RLD HeroQuest Music Format Archive for Roland Sound effects and Music
GAME&FX.ALB HeroQuest Music Format Archive for Adlib Sound effects and Music

Research credits

  • The decompression program was done by Shelwien from encode.su forum
  • TheRuler from the OldGamesItalia translation project mapped the format of the BIN and the savegame files.


Page on Ye Olde Inn with all the gameplay differences between the Computer and the Boardgame by kurgan

OldGamesItalia.net forum discussion where everything started (in italian)