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King’s Quest still magical
Aug 27, 2015
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Long before home consoles, long before handheld gaming systems, I did the most of my gaming on the PC and before that, the Commodore 64.
Just like the Nintendo generation grew up with Mario and Donkey Kong, my mainstays were Duke Nukem, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Quake, Castle Wolfenstein, Doom, Command and Conquer, Diablo, Balder's Gate, System Shock and Half-Life.
Sierra Entertainment was the leader of the pack when it came to adventure games back then with such series as Ultima, Space Quest, Leisure Suit Larry and Police Quest. Of them all, point and click adventure King's Quest still has a special place in the hearts of most veteran gamers. With its challenging puzzles, side-splitting sense of humour, King's Quest was well ahead of its time when it came to its animation and 3D environments.
A more mature series of fairy tales, King's Quest focused on the retired knight, King Graham, who became royalty through his boundless adventures, and also his family Queen Valanice and children Prince Alexander and Princess Rosella.
King's Quest: A Knight to Remember, is a grand love letter to the entire King's Quest series. In the first chapter of the reimagining, King Graham (voiced by Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd) is sharing some of his greatest adventures and mishaps with his granddaughter, Gwendolyn. The stories are full of that corny but endearing sense of humour only grandfathers have.
In 'Knight to Remember', we are introduced to Graham before he was a king or a knight. A good-hearted but bumbling Graham outwits an ancient dragon and enters an amusing and challenging knight tournament. Along the way, Graham encounters everyday people needing his assistance and some strange creatures such as an irksome troll.
In traditional King's Quest fashion some of the puzzles are pretty self-explanatory and others require trial and error or a whole lot of serious thought. There are some action sequences but they are mostly point and shoot here or dodge this or that events, the best being Graham fleeing from the dragon via a treacherous underground waterway which brings back memories of Dragon's Lair and afternoons spent in the local video arcade.
Complementing the history of the series, A Knight to Remember's quirky, unforgettable NPCs come to life on the screen, full of character and Monty Python like humour and charm.
A faithful throwback to the inspiring PC adventure games that played out more like movies with their cinematic elements and gameplay, A Knight to Remember lasts a good long while but leaves us desperately wanting more. With more chapters and more adventures to come, thanks to developers The Odd Gentlemen, King's Quest has finally reclaimed its throne and crown as one of gaming's greatest adventures.
King's Quest: A Knight to Remember
Rating: 8.5 / 10
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