King’s Quest (2015)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.