After figuring out the principle of the game, we look at the hardware and processing quality on this page. A lot has changed here compared to the original Dafabet online gambling, including not all The differences start with the box. The original box was much wider, but the new version is narrower and about twice as tall. Sometimes this is a disadvantage for storing game content (more on that later). The iconic image on the box has also been completely redrawn and now looks much more comical than the dark original motif.
At first glance, the playing field resembles the old HeroQuest, only the new version is slightly larger. However, the format of the packaging is also noticeable here: while the original board was only folded once in the middle, the new playing field has to be folded twice to fit in the box. That’s why it’s been cut in half so that it can be folded properly. Of course, this is not noticeable as long as the board lies flat on the table. However, the glued print is prone to minor tears and damage, especially on the newly trimmed edges. Surely this would have been better.
The biggest innovations can be found in the more than 70 miniatures in the big box – including 4 heroes, 15 pieces of furniture, 31 monsters and 21 doors. All the figures are lovingly created and shine with many details that the originals could only dream of. (Note the runes and decorations on the weapons!) The design differs markedly from the old Citadel figures in some respects, but this is no criticism: the heroes now look more warlike and elegant than before, but the monsters also have the effect of getting a proper facelift. There are several variations on some of the models, such as goblins, orcs or zombies, some even in female designs – it’s a lot of fun to unpack.
Msoft plastic in a hard case
The material has also changed: this time the figures are made of a softer plastic that bends easily. As a result, the weapons don’t break as easily as before, but the packaging of the figures is unfortunate. The models fit into two plastic compartments, with each figure squeezed into a narrow recess. This is nice and neat, but impractical: the squeezed figures tend to bend, especially when removed. Without the slightest flair you run the risk of damaging your weapon or limbs, sometimes even the round bases are deformed. By the way, we’re not the only ones with this opinion: in this video, a resourceful youtuber shows how to fix bent figures with a simple trick. In the long run, however, you should consider another way of storing it, at least if Hasbro doesn’t offer its own solution here. Does money not matter to you? Then you can also use specially made foam inserts from third-party suppliers. The kits are expensive, but they help keep your box tidy – and, if you like, they also cover two extras.
Cards and dice
The cards are now a little larger than before and are now sepia-toned and have been coated with a special coating. As a result, they no longer break as easily, but the surface is also a bit like plastic. All the drawings of monsters, treasures, spells and equipment have been reworked, and most of them perfectly capture the charm of the original. Only with hero cards do we clearly prefer the originals, although they have no function other than to show initial values anyway, so they’re not very important.
Consideration of the processing
There’s no doubt that the figures in Avalon Hill are very well done. The models are replete with detail, even coming up with different designs for some of the monsters. The new plastic furniture is much more robust and therefore definitely more durable than the originals, but the cardboard also had an advantage: the colourful print simply added more colour to the playing field. The fact that the cards and dice are no longer as enjoyable as in the old HeroQuest can easily be overcome. This is also compensated for by the great new illustration, which is less comical than the original. Nevertheless, we find the plastic shells into which the figures are squeezed really ugly: at first glance the concept may seem neat, but at the latest when you try to extract the miniatures undamaged, things get ugly. A lot of bent weapons speak volumes. Overall, the new version is still a very high-quality package that still leaves room for improvement.