''King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne'' is the second game in the ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' AdventureGame series. Graham, now king of Daventry, sees a beautiful maiden in his MagicMirror and resolves to rescue her. He travels to the land of Kolyma, where he must find three keys and defeat a wicked witch, help King Neptune, and kill Count Dracula before he can reach the island Valanice is trapped on.

The game is generally considered one of the lower points in the series, with its flat storyline, frustrating puzzles, and confusing setting. A fan-made remake, "Romancing the Stones," was released by AGDInteractive, fleshing out the story and improving puzzles; you can download it for free [[http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/kq2/about/about.html here]].

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!!This game provides examples of:

* BenevolentGenie
* BlackCloak: Hagatha.
* EasterEgg: Many, but the most famous is a plug for ''SpaceQuest.'' The parser also accepts some raunchy input for those who are inclined.
** Another notable one is [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the batmobile]].
** In the fan remake, this EasterEgg is replaced with one for AGD's remake of ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII: Trial by Fire''. There's also a famous EasterEgg that involves [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder a certain owl]]...
* ExcusePlot: Much like in KQI, there are very few plot elements. The game plays more like a loose collection of unrelated puzzles. The FanRemake has a more coherent plotline.
** Once again, AllThereInTheManual.
* FanRemake: "King's Quest II +: Romancing the Stones," which fleshes out the story and beefs up puzzles.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Probably the most bizarre combination of story elements, in a series obsessed with the trope-- the game mixes together Literature/{{Dracula}}, Pegasus, Literature/LittleRedRidingHood, King Neptune, genies, flying carpets, a modern-day antique store, a church, witches and fairies in your standard fantasy setting.
** The fan remake fleshes out the story in an attempt to make these elements fit together better.
* FarSideIsland: Some perfect examples (minus the weird colors) appear in the background to the side of the island with the crystal tower.
* TheFerryMan: You have to trick him in the original to get to {{Dracula}}'s castle. In the FanRemake, you befriend him.
** WordOfDante has him as either TheGrimReaper or [[UrExample Charon]].
* GenieInABottle: You get one from the Antiques Store; rubbing it gets you a flying carpet, a sword, and a bridle.
** Averted in the remake, where all you get is a note from the genie saying that his last master already released him and warning Graham not to trust the antiques dealer.
* GirlInTheTower: Valanice is locked away in an quartz tower.
* MagicCarpet: Which takes you up a mountain.
* MercyRewarded[=/=]MoonLogicPuzzle: Probably one of the most infuriating examples in the series -- instead of killing the snake with the sword ''that has a snake pattern on it'', you should [[spoiler:throw the bridle on it, so it will turn into a flying horse that will give you a magic sugar cube that neutralizes poison, so you can pass through the poison thistle patch on the way to Dracula's castle]]. How does that make any sense?!
* MissionPackSequel
* NoAntagonist: While there are a few enemies here and there that you defeat, there is no central end-game FinalBoss to defeat even though "''an evil sorceress''" is mentioned in the backstory.
* PlotCoupon: The three keys.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Dracula, King Neptune, Red Riding Hood...
* RopeBridge: THE most infamous puzzle in the game, bar none.
* RedHerring: The sword the genie gives you has a snake on it, implying you should use it to kill the snake. You shouldn't.
* RuleOfThree: Three keys, three doors, three bridge crossings...
** Or, in the case of the remake, Three Gems, three tests, three [[spoiler:Vampires]].
* StandardHeroReward
* ThouShaltNotKill: See "MercyRewarded" above.
* UnwinnableByDesign: The rope bridge breaks after ''exactly seven'' crossings. If you aren't carrying the third key at that point, restart the game, because you will never win if you try to cross an eighth time. There is no warning about this. Again, averted by the FanRemake.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: Kill a monk in the church and you [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment instantly die]] with this message:
-->''Anyone who would kill a man of the cloth doesn't deserve to play this game. Therefore, we will end it.''

!!The FanRemake provides examples of:

* AdaptationExpansion
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Calduar, though later he does a full HeelFaceTurn.]]
* {{Alucard}}: Almost. It's Count Caldaur.
* AntiMagic: That's what the enchanted emerald does, which is vital to [[spoiler: free the pegasus, reveal the bridle, release the lion and awaken Valanice.]]
* AsianStoreOwner: There's a merchant in town who seems to be this, but [[OohMeAccentsSlipping his tendency to slip into a cockney accent gives him away]]...
* AwardBaitSong: "When I Saw You".
* BalefulPolymorph: Towards the end of the game, [[spoiler: the lion at the tower door turns out to be Hagatha's ex-boyfriend. You also pull this on Hagatha herself by stuffing fur into the youth potion]].
** If you're caught by the unnamed sorcerer in the forest he'll turn you into a beast.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: You know that sweet old lady who runs the antique store? [[spoiler:In the remake, she's a secret magic user, willing to [[KickTheDog sacrifice a sweet little bird]] so she can be young again. Fortunately, [[EvilVersusEvil Hagatha kills her]].]]
* BiggerBad: Hagatha is surely bad, but [[spoiler: The Father is behind her]].
* BrickJoke: In [[spoiler: Count Caldaur's Castle there are chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. One of the messages when you (IIRC) "Talk" to them is, "That's it! You have to get some of these for your own castle!"]] and, sure enough, in [[spoiler: VideoGame/KingsQuestIII if you look at the Daventry Throne Room at the ending cutscenes, there are chandeliers just like Caldaur's hanging from the ceiling!]]
* CallForward: The game contains a few to later ''King's Quest'' games, as well as one to an event later in the game itself: [[spoiler:During the second Air Gem test, attempting to attack the Father will result in his saying "Did you think I'd come unprepared this time?", refering to the fact that Graham punchs the Father out during the game's ending.]]
* [[spoiler: CatGirl: Hagatha becomes a rather non-fanservicey one, fleas included.]]
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: The King of the Sharkees knows that King Neptune's trident is powered by "good will". As he has the ''greatest'' will in his kingdom, it should be easy for him to work it...
* CoolSword: Graham starts the game with one. It proves quite useful.
* CrossMeltingAura: In the original game, the cross works just fine on Dracula. But if you try it on Caldaur in the remake, he'll ''kiss it'' and sarcastically say "God bless Kolyma". (This may have a little something to do with the fact that [[spoiler:the monk you got it from is evil now]]...)
* {{Curse}}: The ending of the remake. Also a ShoutOut to later games.
* CurseCutShort:
-->'''Graham''': ''"Why, you-"''\\
'''Hagatha''': ''"Witch?"''\\
'''Valanice''': ''"I am sure [[WitchWithACapitalB it would have rhymed]]."''
** Given the exact form it takes, also qualifies as a variant LastSecondWordSwap.
* DiscontinuityNod: Towards ''Mask of Eternity's'' ContestedSequel status. [[spoiler:You get equal points whether you knight Connor, or tell him to go back to his village.]]
* [[spoiler: DisneyVillainDeath: Hagatha. However, you never hear her hitting the bottom.]]
** Mainly so that [[spoiler:she can show up at the wedding, just like in the original.]]
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: Trust us, it's very unwise to dig up the wrong tomb.....
* EvilChancellor: "I take it you found your journey through Kolyma void of peril or incident-" [[spoiler:Interrupted as [[TalkToTheFist Graham clocks him]].]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Being devoured by a shark-man, poisoned by swamp-water, boiled alive by a witch, mauled by wolves, dragged underground by an angry zombie.... the remake is plenty of these....
* FantasticRacism: A mild example; at one point you wonder if all dwarves are as greedy as the one you encounter.
* TheFinalTemptation: The second Air Gem test.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Manannan's letter to Hagatha, which Graham tosses away after reading.]]
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: [[spoiler:Caldaur, Lavidia, and Anastasia.]]
* FurAgainstFang
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: When [[spoiler:Lavidia and Anastasia]] become vampires they magically become rather shapely 20-30 somethings, rather than retain their natural ages.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Hagatha.
* {{Jerkass}}: Many, including the librarian, Hagatha, the Dwarf and the unnamed sorcerer.
* KissOfLife: The mermaid gives one to Graham, allowing him to breath underwater.
* KleptomaniacHero: Any attempts by the player will be {{averted}} and {{lampshaded}} by the LemonyNarrator.
* KnifeNut: That pesky dwarf.
* LastNoteHilarity: For the sillier deaths, you'll get the usual "funeral march" music, except the last note is replaced with a lighthearted comedic ditty.
* LemonyNarrator
* MacGuffin: The Three stones of Nature. (Birth, Growth and Death.)
* MindlinkMates: The FanRemake adds this twist to StandardHeroReward. Turns out that, in her enchanted sleep, Valanice had been mind-linked with Graham since he saw her in the mirror, allowing her to know what kind of man he is. The only indication Graham ever gets of this is a vision of her singing to him when he almost falls to his death from Caldaur's castle.
* NeckLift: Caldaur does this to Graham, making his much-{{foreshadow|ing}}ed first appearance even more of an OhCrap moment.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Both the merchant in the town (AsianStoreOwner to [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Cockney]] and the talking pumpkin mother (between {{B|igApplesauce}}rooklyn and Cockney again) do this, although the pumpkin might be accidental...
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: One of the side effects of being turned into a vampire seems to maturing or rejuvenating to a physical age around 25.
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege: The [[spoiler:correct]] answer to the first Air Gem test.
* {{Pun}}: King Neptune is guilty of a bad one when he's informing Graham about the Air Gem. The narrator blames the wine for that.
-->'''Neptune''': "We can say that Air is not my element..."
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Graham gives one of these to the nameless evil enchanter.
* RhymesOnADime: Frequently.
* ScaryLibrarian: She's rude, she isn't very helpful, the library is impossible to navigate without her. [[spoiler:And you have to bluff in order to pass]].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Cloud Spirit Tests.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: [[spoiler: Possum when she becomes Anastasia.]]
* ShoutOut: The Remake is loaded. Not just to the future VideoGame/KingsQuest games, but to SpaceQuest, LauraBow, VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry, VideoGame/QuestForGlory, Ecoquest, and even Franchise/StarWars.
** And then of course there's the title, which in both the original and the remake {{homage}}s RomancingTheStone.
*** The remake even gives a TitleDrop, although Graham is LateToThePunchline.
** The name of the genie (as seen in the note) is a SignificantAnagram of RobinWilliams, who's famous for playing [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} a genie himself]].
** Batman shows up at your wedding. (Likely solely to justify the Hagatha's Cave easter egg, after all "Everyone in Kolyma was invited")
** The church's opening hours are "[[Film/FromDuskTillDawn From dusk 'til dawn]]".
* SinisterMinister: [[spoiler: The werewolf monk who plans to keep the island under ignorance and fear.]]
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: The Annual Book of General Knowledge was clearly written by somebody who epitomised this trope.
* SwampsAreEvil: So much that even touching the water will kill you. [[spoiler: Luckily, the poison works just fine against werewolves.]]
* TakeThat: The books in the library contains a few of these along with normal {{Shout Out}}s:
** How Not to Turn a Book Into a Film (see '{{Dune}}')
** Chronicling ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' (or How to Sustain A Compelling Story When Your Lead Character Sounds Like An Airhead)
** Chronicles of TheBradyBunch (which comes with a warning label reading "Warning: Prolonged exposure to this book may cause irreparable damage to your perception of reality")
** [[BritishTeeth The Big Book of British Smiles]] (which also doubles as a [[TheSimpsons Simpsons]] reference)
** When Graham is tasked with finding a tiara for [[spoiler:Count Caldaur]], he internally hopes that this doesn't mean he'll [[VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella spend all night dodging zombies while digging up graves]].
** And of course, the EasterEgg in the Air Gem test sees Graham channeling the fandom and [[spoiler:attempting to kill Cedric]].
* {{Threatening Shark}}s : The Sharkees in the remake.
* TriviallyObvious: King Graham's reaction to the Merchant's wares:
-->'''King Graham:''' You seem to have quite a selection of... well... quite a selection!
* TheUnreveal: You will never find out who or what was hiding in the haystack (besides a needle).
* VampireVords: [[spoiler: Caldaur]] is your classic Bela Lugosi vampire.
* WitchWithACapitalB: Invoked, Lampshaded, and Averted within three seconds. See CurseCutShort.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: This appears to be at least a secondary concern of Graham's in the opening sequence.

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