In case you do not understand both my pseudonym and little avatar down there (real name is Denis, for the curious), I am an unabashed fan of the Quest for Glory series. Today, GOG has finally put the series up for purchase and download.
My love for the series started when I was around nine, and my mother had installed the games for me to play, thinking I would enjoy them more than just the traditional adventure games I had already played. There were a few reasons for that. First, there was my love of puns and language, and being able to find all these cultural references and then educate myself on them (these games served as my entry-point into both Monty Python and the Marx Brothers).
Then there was the fact that in terms of adventure games, it wasn't as rigid. This was a game of choice! Not choice as in choosing an outcome for a morally ambiguous question, as in with BioWare's latest, but more akin to what we see in the Choice Of games: choices based on your skill. Many puzzles had at least three different ways to approach them: as a stealthy thief, a cunning wizard, or a brute fighter. Just choosing one of those (or later becoming a paladin) did not block off the other choices, though.
Which ties into the third reason: the RPG elements. There was combat, sure. However, there were stats, and instead of leveling up, if you wanted to become better at a stat, you used it. Wanted to be more intelligent? Cast spells. Want to be better at throwing? Throw things. Dodging? Avoid the cheetaur claws!
So, the game is now available for download for the first time, at $9.99. It comes with all five games. The first game comes with both the EGA and VGA versions (former is parser and typing based, the latter point-and-click). If parsers are not your thing, and you want to go through the second game, there is also the AGDI fan remake to give a try.
P.S. In the fifth game, Andre the fisherman just so happens to be queer. Give him some flowers and watch as he mentions a jealous boyfriend.