Recently, I stumbled upon interesting remakes of the first two Kings Quest games. If you don’t know, Kings Quest I: Quest for the Crown comes from Sierra and was the first ever animated graphical adventure and quite revolutionary at the time. It was released in 1984.
In 2001 AGDInteractive Studio released a remake of the game with improved graphics, improved controls, and voices in addition to other improvements. One lovely addition is the ‘no dead ends’ mode (optional) which supposedly removes those incidents where you didn’t click something at the beginning of the game and get stuck in the end of the game because you didn’t click that thing and you can start all over. (Cat in Kings Quest V anyone?) You can still die at random without warning though, so save often!
The graphics are nice and they’re kept in the same style as the original. The game is a bit harder than adventure games today because there’s nothing to indicate when you mouse over something important or that something can be interacted with. It makes the game more time consuming, but at the same time it’s a nice change from adventure games today that are filled with hints and light up like a Christmas tree whenever something important in on the screen.
There is also a remake of Kings Quest II: Romancing the Stone although that is listed as a creative retelling of the original game and not a straight remake. A remake of Kings Quest III is scheduled for release sometime in February.
The games are all free to download and runs perfectly on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. There is also a Mac version available. So there’s no excuse to not try these games if you haven’t played Kings Quest before and are aching for an adventure game and a challenge.