King’s Quest is the story of an old man, recounting his youthful adventures which allowed him to become King. Honestly, when I started playing I wasn’t sure of what to expect, but I was taken aback by how beautiful and stunning the game was.
The best way to describe it is if you took a Disney movie, put it into a story-based game, and fine-tuned it so that everything flowed together flawlessly. In a lot of games, you have a “stutter” of some kind; something that lets you know you’re playing a game. Maybe their mouths don’t move in sync with the dialog; or during movement, their body parts seem to overlap other body parts. I encountered none of these issues while playing King’s Quest. I literally felt like I was in a storybook and watching the protagonist, King Graham trying to solve puzzles as he tells his story and interacts with different characters.
Additionally, the voice actors of the game were really amazing in how well they brought the characters to life; even for simple things like buying a giant pie. Christopher Lloyd voices old King Graham, telling his niece of his adventures and how he bested a dragon; not with weapons, but rather through intelligence and cunning. That’s how the entire game starts out; much like a TellTale game but done better.
Controls for the game are fairly straightforward, on both the controller and keyboard. I preferred the controller, however, as it allowed me to sit back and relax instead of dragging a keyboard over to my lap. Now the story in Chapter 1 serves as an introduction of sorts. In addition to King Graham, you meet the Baker, the Smith, and two nefarious elderly people running a potion shop. You also get acquainted with Olfie, a giant bridge troll. Graham arrives in the town of Daventry for a series of challenges to become a Knight in the castle where he has to battle against other Knights for the position, and potentially the throne later on.
In Chapter 1 you meet Whisper, Acorn, Achaka, and Manny. Each wants to become a Knight for the Kingdom in their own right and for their own reasons. But it’s not until the end of the chapter that you learn the truth behind the people in the contest; which begs a person to not judge a book by its cover. The details are very interesting, but not something I’d want to write in a review (spoilers, and all).
I absolutely enjoyed King’s Quest and I can’t wait for the other chapters to come out, if you want to give it, check it out on Steam!
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