In tales of old when knights were bold… Or not.
King’s Quest, the new episodic from Sierra Games has fallen woefully under the radar, which is a shame.
There’s a good variety of characters that could have jumped straight out of a fairy tale – bride trolls, knights, an old creepy couple running an apothecary and a tubby baker with a quite frankly epic moustache. All of them have quests you can complete which get you items to access other areas – for example, if you complete the quest to bake the pie, you can give it to the troll to let you pass.
Completing quests is not as simple as running from point a to point b and completing a simple task, and this is where King’s Quest really comes into its own in comparison to other episodic tales. You need to figure out what you need and how to obtain it to ultimately get the item you require; whether that be trapping an angry badger to chase squirrels or dying a giant pumpkin purple to fool guards into thinking it’s an eye (you can dye the badger purple, too. If you want to. Not that I did, or anything…). You can go back and forth and talk to people as many times as you like without consequence and carry on with the main part of the story when it suits you. Some of the puzzles required to figure out if you want to do everything available are actually quite taxing (I did find myself looking online for help at one point) and this is quite refreshing after playing games where you simply have to point and click to proceed along a linear path.
The animation is beautifully done and suits the fantasy theme running through the story really well – it looks as if it’s come out of a picture book. The characters are well designed and the movement works well, with basic controls and simplistic gameplay to match, and the voice acting is done to a good standard that echoes the comedic feel of the game. Each one has their own personality and thought and time has gone into their development, making King’s Quest a rich and interesting tale to play through.
King’s Quest is a delight to play and I was actually disappointed when I finished playing it – this would totally sell as a complete release as well as an episodic. Working through the trophies/achievements is fun (even if you do have to look up what they are first...) and playing it through again to get them if you’re that way inclined doesn’t feel like a chore.
Score TBC after all episodes complete.