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King's Quest

2 years ago

Quest-O-A-Go-Go: Final King’s Quest Chapter Released

The fifth Chapter of The Demons Whispering Sierra's Name in the Darkness's revived episodic King's Quest [official site] is now out. Old King Graham is dusting off his jaunty hat and squeezing into his adventuretrousers for one last quest. Let's pretending I'm not all wistful about the hints that this character whose games I've never played will pop his clogs after he finally finishes telling…

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Eventually Upon A Time: King’s Quest Chapter 4 Is Out

Oh! Chapter 4 of the episodic King's Quest [official site] revival is now out. Pop! Out of nowhere, five months since the last episode - just when I'd forgotten about it - here's more of the adventure game. King Graham is continuing telling tales about his younger days, though he seems to be getting on a bit by Chapter 4. This time, Activision say, "King…

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King’s Quest Episode 1 Is Now Free

A new King's Quest [official site] was one of the first projects Activision announced after hauling the hide of Sierra Entertainment off their trophy wall and wrapping it around one of their colossal Actifingers, bringing back one of the shut-down publisher's touchstones. With the series' creators and makers long gone, the new episodic King's Quest was made by P.B. Winterbottom devs The Odd Gentlemen. Three…

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King’s Quest Chapter 3 Now Seeking True Love

Love! Don't talk to me about love. Especially not if you're talking about falling in love with people. Look at young King-to-be Graham in the third episode of Activision's revived King's Quest [official site], off adventuring in search of love, travelling through a grand forest and tumbling down a hill - two bits of landscape that it'd be perfectly reasonable to fall deeply in love…

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3 years ago

Feature: I wish I could forget

King’s Quest Ch. 1 – A Knight To Remember review

Oh wow. I really had no idea what to expect of the return of King’s Quest [official site]. The original series were mostly terrible, twee and poorly constructed adventure games, but it had its moments, and certainly found its place in nostalgia. The news of its return after a few abortive efforts seemed like it could bode well, especially with The Odd Gentlemen (PB Winterbottom)…

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Adventure Begins: King’s Quest Episode 1 Released

The adventure has begun! Both the episodic new King's Quest [official site], and what might really happen as Activision dusts off the old Sierra name and catalogue for the modern age. It's not the first game released under the new Sierra 'indie label' (that's Geometry Wars 3), but King's Quest is pretty iconic for Sierra. It can never live up to people's memories of King's…

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Adventure Ho! King’s Quest Episode 1 Priced And Dated

The new King's Quest [official site] is the first real test for the glove puppet Activision have made from the flayed hide of Sierra. Will its revival of Ye Olde Sierra adventure game series fill you with warmth and love and joy and nostalgia and make you embrace and kiss the glove, murmuring "I've missed you, I've missed you so much" as tears runs down…

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New King’s Quest Footage Still Shows A Platformer, But It Seems It Could Be A More Traditional Adventure

The return of King's Quest does seem strange. Activision's decision to revive the Sierra name, and then use it as a sort of faux-independent label, was accompanied by the news that the PB Winterbottom devs The Odd Gentlemen would resurrect the King's Quest license [official site]. But look, see, here's the thing: The King's Quest games, with the exception of VI, were pretty bloody awful.…

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Watch Real Human Hands Paint King’s Quest

The art direction in the new King's Quest [official website] is a prickly subject. While some people are unimpressed with the final outcome, at least we can all agree that it comes from a good place. The latest 'Behind The Scenes With The Odd Gentlemen' video (which will never stop being creepy) shows that everything you see in the game will be hand-painted. Whether you’re a…

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Christopher Lloyd Rules New King’s Quest Voice Cast

Christopher Lloyd will be voicing the old King Graham in the new King’s Quest game [official site], as revealed in the latest “Behind the scenes with the Odd Gentlemen” video. Which sounds a bit like one or two of my more regrettable experiences in the last few years. The dev diary goes on show off the whole main cast, including Zelda Williams, Rex from Toy…

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4 years ago

Some Odd Gentlemen Are On A King’s Quest

Trailers don't always turn me into a shrieking teenybopper, but I'm not ashamed to say I made high-pitched noises — think long, loud "EEEE"s of raw and immeasurable glee - at the King's Quest announcement trailer. A joint production between The Odd Gentleman and the newly resurrected Sierra Games, the upcoming reboot is all about a doddering King Graham going, "In my time - "…

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It Rises: Sierra Returns With Geometry Wars & King’s Quest

The ritual is complete. Sinew gristle muscle fat slither and wrap around the blackened bones of Sierra. Blood skin hair. Its mouth opens and teeth pierce bone as they rise, a tongue unrolling from the back of the throat. "Gaaammesss," it hisses. "Video gaaames." Jelly congeals into eyes which flick around, taking in the year 2014. "I-inn independent gaaamesss!" As expected, Activision have resurrected Sierra…

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5 years ago

Feature: "Clementine Will Remember That"

Telltale On ‘Weird’ Experiments, Revisiting Comedy

Yesterday, I put on my fuzzy-eared detective hat and grilled Telltale president Kevin Bruner about his company's next big, hopefully not bad thing, The Wolf Among Us. The Fables-based caper sounds like a worthy (though unexpected) follow-up to The Walking Dead, but it's hardly the only story being writ large by Telltale's ostentatiously oversized quill pens. The developer also regularly creates experimental prototypes involving AI,…

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Telltale Ends Its Quest For A King’s Quest Revival

I'll admit, I'm rather bemused by the desire for more King's Quest. It seems that everyone else has far more affection for the series than I ever mustered, far preferring the runs of Police Quest, Space Quest and Quest For Glory. I'd throw money at a Police Quest Kickstarter so hard it'd fall over backward. But reviving King's Quest is clearly the dream for many,…

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Feature: The Long Road Ahead

Telltale On New IPs, Beating JJ Abrams To The Punch

Telltale's pretty much synonymous with The Walking Dead these days, but it has plans. Big plans. Maybe it'll build a rocketship to Mars. Or perhaps it'll make the world's tallest ice cream sandwich. Also to Mars. Or I guess it could be making some more videogames, but that's kinda reaching a bit. Regardless, I asked Telltale CEO Dan Connors what lies beyond his studio's tear-blurred…

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6 years ago

Replay Trying To Bring Back Space Quest, King’s Quest

Could Roberta and Ken Williams be about to come out of retirement? Speaking to Al Lowe and Paul Trowe for an interview due later today, RPS learned that the company remaking the Leisure Suit Larry games is also in talks with other Sierra adventure alumni about bringing back their classic series. Replay Games' Trowe revealed that they're currently in negotiations with both Sierra On-line co-founders…

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7 years ago

Phoenix Online Have More Than Silver Lining

More adventure gaming news now, following John's tearful account of the beautiful To The Moon. Sunday sees the release of the fourth episode of Pheonix Online's unofficial King's Quest game, The Silver Lining. As with the others, it's absolutely free but they are after money for something else. While working away on The Silver Lining, they've announced a new project, Cognition, in collaboration with Gabriel…

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Feature: More games than you can look at (which is three)

E3 2011 Preview Round-Up #1

Will there be a #2? I've no idea. But for now here's a collection of some games I saw at E3 2011 and the accompanying thoughts. Below you can find The Old Republic, Telltale's latest crop, and Codies' F1 2011.

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Not That Episode 3: More The Silver Lining

For a wonderful second I was convinced this was the fourth episode of the unofficial King's Quest fan-game The Silver Lining, and was all braced to use the headline "Four Ever Cloud." Imagine how clever and funny that would have been. Just. Imagine. Instead, you're stuck with whatever the heck I've written up there instead. I haven't even decided what it is yet, I'm just…

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8 years ago

Wot I Think: The Silver Lining

After much to-and-fro, King's Quest tribute game The Silver Lining from Phoenix Online Studios has not only been granted a release by IP holders Activision, but the first episode is out now. A completely fan-made project, and completely free, it's been eight years in creation. I've finished the first chapter, so here's Wot I Think.

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