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King’s Quest (2015)


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Graham, The King of Daventry (Protagonist)

Imagine it’s a cold winter night – the first holiday of the winter break. I make a cup of tea, sit in a cozy blanket with my laptop and decide to play this title called “King’s Quest”. The game looks like a fairy-tale indie/puzzler/plat-former by glance. Anyways I start the game to be greeted by this menu screen:

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This exquisite fantasy interior of a medieval king’s bed-chamber took me right back to my Disney, Lord of the Rings (2001), The Sword in the Stone (1963) filled childhood. Seeing this elegant menu with the most graceful soundtrack that sent soothing pumps to my heart and goosebumps up my back made me realize I was setting on an adventure that I would never want to end.

King’s Quest is divided into 5 chapters narrated by an aging king to his grand daughter entailing his adventures throughout his glorious days, stretching from being a young adventurer to the glorious king of Daventry.

King’s Quest is a beautiful blend of nostalgia with a modern makeover. The game retains it’s play-style from the original Kings Quest (1984) similar to the likes of Lucas Arts’ Indiana Jones and Day of the Tentacle. The game has a emotional and adventurous story line filled with clever yet fun puzzles, fetch quests and decisions that will affect certain aspects of the story.

King’s Quest was a breath of fresh air and old school gaming pureness amidst the overwhelming rule of AAA titles.

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Daventry Castle

King’s quest is set in the fictional fantasy medieval world of Daventry. The world is inhabited by goblins, dwarfs, bridge giants, witches, dragons and (of course) humans. What brings King’s Quest to life is the gorgeous and artistic world, the forests, green fields and architecture give an exquisite aura and ambiance to your game experience. I was amazed by the artwork, color and lighting at every corner my character turned. The 12 year old fantasy nerd version of me was jumping with sheer excitement.

The setting of King’s Quest is straight out from the epic fantasies we read, the game is defined by the beautiful world filled with characters that bring it to life, even the grim parts of the story are made bright by the lovable and loyal friends we meet and make in the game. A special group of characters in the game are soldiers, these soldiers are all alike in look but have different traits, one has a sharp voice and declares orders and makes announcements, one reminds the others of the silly amendments in Daventry Law that always favor us. A particular pair of soldiers ride around on each others back, like horse and rider. The soldiers, along with other NPC’s have a hilarious humor level and the analogies, jokes and limericks leave you laughing and in awe of the detail of dialogue writing.

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Soldiers of Daventry

Much effort has been put into the world to make it real; character background and development are common. There is lore about Daventry, that is not tied to the story but essential to make the place have history and give it a heartbeat.

The characters and character dialogues are witty, fancy and full of goofy humor. The whole game is being narrated by an old and weaker Graham to his granddaughter Gwendoline, an enthusiastic child with fascinations about dragons, treasure, knights and adventure. The aging Graham is voiced by Sir Christopher Lloyd, who has such a crisp and mesmerizing voice that makes for the perfect story-teller. The best moments of voice acting is when the elder Graham makes puns after an accidental death, or during light moments.

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I laughed so hard reading this, it made me roll on the floor like a log.

In terms of game play, the puzzles are not particularly difficult even for players new to this genre. This makes for a fun experience without the frustration, for those seeking a challenge, other elements of the game make up for the less challenging puzzles. The pace of the game keeps the player enjoying and somewhat hooked. The only weaknesses of the game were: one small fetch quest, the fact that there are no clear hints or option to get hints. Chapter 4 was a weakness too, being just an exploration stage with repetitive puzzles in an icy setting was a tad annoying.

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The merchant of Daventry with his unicorns (goats with fake horns)

In essence King’s Quest is a sort of point and click game with a story defined by puzzles, exploration, a strong plot, love-able characters, humor and an absolutely gorgeous world. King’s Quest is a game for everyone, it has heart, beauty and pure adventure go check it out if you haven’t played it yet. The adventure had me smiling throughout and in tears when it ended.

Here is the legendary soundtrack I mentioned.

 

 

Melody of the Week

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I decided to started this section because:

  • I always listen to music whenever I read or write, some people think it diverts concentration, but I think it soothes the soul and puts you in a place the article you are reading or writing wants to.
  • Music is food for the soul, I think everyone should enjoy music and I want to share what I hear and like so that other people can listen to it too and enjoy it as much as I did.
  • I want to appreciate the people who have helped me grow as a person and writer on my fairly new blogging journey, honored to have known all of you.

P.S. if you look at my blog’s header you might see the shape of a guitar.

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Galloway Forest Park, Scotland

 

Ar Éirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé hí

This is a rendition of “Ar Éirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé hí” sung by Maria Mccool.  I was introduced to this an year ago and fell in love. I always loved bagpipes, Gaelic music and folk. This is a beautiful masterpiece.

The video belongs to Maria Mccool, uploaded by her, I will just share the link. Do listen to this, this will bring you near to heaven, or really down to earth. Not bad for a song right?

Whenever I hear this, I always feel lost, lost in the Irish or Scottish countryside. I believe that music is just as natural as the cold crisp air, the smell of lavender or wet soil. You will agree that when you hear this, it will always alert the part of you that loves nature and all its beauty. A very special mention to Katherine, a dear friend and a great blogger.

She is a genius blogger and a beautiful soul, her posts are unique, fun to read and honestly brilliant.

Check out her amazing blog by clicking the link below:

https://wordscat.wordpress.com/

The english translation for this song is here:

http://www.celticlyricscorner.net/dervish/areirinn.htm

Verse of the Week

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“I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair

I sit beside the fire and think
Of how the world will be
When winter comes without a spring
That I shall ever see

For still there are so many things
That I have never seen
In every wood in every spring
There is a different green

I sit beside the fire and think
Of people long ago
And people that will see a world
That I shall never know

But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

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Melody of the Week – In Dreams

I decided to started this section because:

  • I always listen to music whenever I read or write, some people think it diverts concentration, but I think it soothes the soul and puts you in a place the article you are reading or writing wants to.
  • Music is food for the soul, I think everyone should enjoy music and I want to share what I hear and like so that other people can listen to it too and enjoy it as much as I did.
  • I want to appreciate the people who have helped me grow as a person and writer on my fairly new blogging journey, honored to have known all of you.

P.S. if you look at my blog’s header you might see the shape of a guitar.

 

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In Dreams – Lord of the Rings

This is “In Dreams” composed by Howard Shore and his wife Elizabeth Cotnoir, sung by a boy church choir for The Lord of the Rings films. The Lord of the Rings has a great part to play in my life, I grew up watching it, it introduced me to the world of imagination and fantasy, I owe my interest and passion for creativity and fantasy to Lord of the Rings, the characters, the music and for the story. This for me is one of the best songs ever. This is eternal bliss and beauty.

I edited this video with lyrics and pictures of my choosing to show what goes through my mind whenever I listen to it. I hope you like it as much as I do. Watch it in HD for the best experience

Whenever I hear this, I always feel like a pure romantic, lost in the beauty of nature, winter and separation. I believe in the idea that the beauty and magic of reuniting with something you love (a person, a place, a state of mind) is only as good as the separation, the greater the separation the more powerful the Reunion.

A very special mention to Holly , a dear friend and a great blogger.

She is a genius poet and a beautiful soul, her symbolism and wordplay is the finest I have ever read.

P.S Holly, the red leaf trees symbolize the wildness and beauty of your hair, personality and poetry.

Check out her amazing blog by clicking the link below:

https://houseofheartweb.wordpress.com/

 

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Melody of the Week – Yadegare Doost

I decided to started this section because:

  • I always listen to music whenever I read or write, some people think it diverts concentration, but I think it soothes the soul and puts you in a place the article you are reading or writing wants to.
  • Music is food for the soul, I think everyone should enjoy music and I want to share what I hear and like so that other people can listen to it too and enjoy it as much as I did.
  • I want to appreciate the people who have helped me grow as a person and writer on my fairly new blogging journey, honored to have known all of you.

P.S. if you look at my blog’s header you might see the shape of a guitar.

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Rumi’s Yadegare Doost by Shahrem Nazeri

This is Rumi’s poem named “Yadegare Doost” (Persian, it means either ‘To rememer a friend’ or ‘In remembrance of a friend’) sung by Shahrem Nazeri, this is in Persian and sung in their dialect. I don’t know it’s translation and couldn’t find one. I am currently trying to translate this into English with my father’s aid, who knows persian very well, the only constraint is we don’t get much free time together. If any native Persian or anyone does know its translation do share, I will be very grateful. This is very beautiful and unique even for a fan of Oriental, Arabic and Persian music and literature, give it a hear, you will love it.

 

Whenever I hear this, I always feel like sitting in the window of an old Spanish or Arabic tavern, with the morning sky, the sunrise over the minarets and domes of the mosques dominating the skyline and an old man singing this loud and playing the instruments right down the street.

A special mention to Rameen, a dear friend and great blogger, check out her awesome blog by clicking the link below.

https://blogitwithrameen.wordpress.com/

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Verse of the Week – Kahlil Gibran

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Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow. ― Kahlil Gibran

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