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King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow

Contrary to the box art this is actually a really colourful game

Dating back to the early 90s was when the point and click genre was really at its prime. One of the classics I enjoyed back when I was still running Windows 95 was King’s Quest 6 by Roberta Williams and one of my favourite game designers Jane Jensen (Gabriel Knight fame). This style of adventure gaming went into decline in the late 90s and is only now starting to make a comeback thanks to kickstarter. Jane was able to successfully fund her own studio Pinkerton Road and is set to release her new game Moebius. King’s Quest VI – released back in 1992 – I can honestly feel has withstood the test of time with only a few annoying contrivances.

What I find stellar about this particular game is the level of care that went into the creation of this title. The story is a cliche rescue the princess story but the hurdles you must overcome and the characters you meet along the way help to make this one charming adventure. You play as Alexander and must venture to various islands in search for way to rescue the princess. The story elements seem to rely heavily on fairly tales of old. One thing that is much appreciated in this game was the quality of voice acting, which really helps to showcase the world and emotion the characters portray.

King's Quest VI (Enhanced) running in Windows ...
King’s Quest VI (Enhanced) running in Windows 3.11. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

King’s Quest Vi is the only game I like in thist series, but it is not without its faults. There certain items in the game you must collect in order to finish this game. Unfortunately, yes, you can hit a dead end later on, which is quite an annoyance so please make separate save points during gameplay. Another factor is some of the puzzles which can be a bit tricky to figure out. This is actually a common issue that plagued adventure games during this era with the exception of a few titles that had a hint system like Tex Murphy. I quick gander at an online guide won’t prevent the enjoyment of this title though. You can die in this game, not nearly as much as the previous entries in this series, but one should be weary of this.

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One aspect I can truly admire about this game is how family friendly it is. Not to many games you see on the market have this much mass market appeal while still retaining a family oriented approach with subtle violence. It is a shame we can’t see more titles in this fashion. I suppose one can only dream of a remake happening one day with HD art fidelity so more people could give this classic a try. It is perfectly playable on modern machines no matter the operating system, but you are still stuck with a low resolution game that will look pixelated on higher resolution monitors; however, this can be remedied somewhat with the use of filters in programs like DOSBox.

However you so choose to spend your time absorbing the essence of this title by all means ensure you make this a priority on your list. Perhaps, even your parents may want to try this out.

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