Here we have some of my sealed King’s Quest items. My favorites KQ item is my sealed 1984 release – the original King’s Quest for the IBM PCJr. Thou the PCJr failed in many ways King’s Quest survived and quickly became one of Sierra On-Line’s absolute best selling series.
King’s Quest was the brain child Roberta Williams and featured a series of 8 games released between 1983 and 1994. The first 4 games released in the eighties was on Sierra’s AGI engine, featuring 16 color graphics and a parser interface. (King’s Quest IV was also released on the later SCI engine, featuring mouse support etc.).
King’s Quest V, released on the SCI engine, featured 256 color graphics and a point-n-click interface, which would become the defacto standard in almost all adventure games to come.
Thou I played the first games without understanding too much English I still had a lot of fun with my friends playing but damn they were tough. King’s Quest V was the first game I could navigate and understand completely in English, beautiful game but like many of the earlier Quest games it really suffered from some bad game design in places (I’m probably opening up a can of worms here).. But hey who really gave that a thought back in the 80’s..
KQVI was really great and I also enjoyed VII.. VIII not so much.
I’ll be doing an extensive article on King’s Quest some time in the future.
Gwen C. Katz King’s Quest retrospective can be read here and here.
King’s Quest 1+2+3 on GOG here.
King’s Quest 4+5+6 on GOG here.