''King's Quest: Quest for the Crown'' (originally simply "King's Quest") is the first game in the long-running ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' series. It was released in 1984 and had a huge impact on the world of gaming: It was the first animated computer game (the earliest ones simply had static images), it cemented {{Sierra}} as the premier maker of {{Adventure Game}}s in the '80s, and it helped popularize the adventure game genre and many of the tropes associated with it (for better or for worse).

[[ExcusePlot The plot is simple]]. You are Graham, a knight in the realm of Daventry. Your king has tasked you with finding Daventry's three lost treasures: A magic shield that protects the kingdom from war; a magic mirror that can see the future; and a magic treasure chest that magically replenishes itself. To find these treasures, Graham must explore the kingdom and solve puzzles. Oh, and [[ItsAWonderfulFailure avoid]] [[TheManyDeathsOfYou random]] [[YetAnotherStupidDeath deaths]] -- that's important, too.

The game is best known for its FantasyKitchenSink setting, limited graphics and interface (blocky 8-bit characters and TextParser), often exasperating puzzles, random deaths and {{Unwinnable}} situations (though the fan remake has a "no unwinnable situations" mode). It has been remade with better graphics twice, once by Sierra itself, and once as a FanRemake by AGDInteractive.

!!This game proves examples of:

* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Your reward for winning the game.
* DeathByDespair: The King dies from this at the end.
* ExcusePlot: There is very little plot, which is present mostly as an excuse to mash different fairy tale characters and situations together.
** AllThereInTheManual, my friend.
* FairyTale: A major source of characters and puzzles. This game includes references to ''The Three Billy Goats Gruff'', ''Rumpelstilkzin'', and ''Hansel and Gretel'', among others.
* FantasyKitchenSink: In the same game as Rumpelstilkin, there are leprechauns. Yeah.
* GiantFlyer: The condor.
* GuideDangIt: Ifnkovhgroghprm (or Nikstlitselpmur, depending on which version you play).
* HeroicMime: Averted for the opening and closing {{cutscene}}s, but that's it.
* KleptomaniacHero: Generally yes, with a notable subversion at one point
* LastLousyPoint: Several, such as eating the candy house; bowing to the king, giving the bowl to the poor couple after saying the magic word, etc.
* LuckBasedMission: Somewhat, in that the game has random encounters with several nasty monsters, albeit always in the same room. This feature is notably absent in pretty much all later graphic adventure games.
* MagicMirror: The magic Mirror, one of the Three Treasures of Daventry. It foretells that you shall win the game.
* NintendoHard: The beanstalk (in the original EGA version, that is). And some of the puzzles as well.
** Grabbing the damn eagle in the remake. You have to jump as precisely the right time, as it's swooping down. Though you have to time yourself a few seconds before it swoops down, and you have to be standing in the exact right spot.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: One of the antagonists is the giant from ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk''.
* OxygenMeter / SuperDrowningSkills: If you walk into the water, Graham will flounder helplessly until he drowns. Unless you type "swim" or press the "=" button at which point he will start swimming. He will drown if you stay in the water too long, however.
* SequelHook: In the epilogue, it's mentioned that King Graham looks into the magic mirror and sees his descendants [[TurnOutLikeHisFather having many more adventures]]...
* ThouShaltNotKill: Not killing some of the monsters (and resorting to trickery instead) gets you more points, but isn't required to win the game.
** You score points though if you kill the witch.
* TrespassingHero: Averted with Rumpelstilkin. After he helps you on your quest, he goes back inside his home. If you try to have Graham enter the home, the game [[WhatTheHellPlayer will call you out]] and say that it's impolite to enter someone's house uninvited.
* UpdatedRerelease: The 1990 version with upgraded graphics, and the later fan-made remake.
* UnwinnableByDesign: You need all three treasures to win the game. There's a dwarf that goes around stealing your things. [[LuckBasedMission He appears randomly and is difficult to evade.]] If you have any of the Three Treasures on you when he shows up, he steals them. ''And you can never get them back.'' Have fun playing the rest of the game!
** The dwarf appears at random ''times'' but always in the same two ''screens''.
** Earlier versions of the game allow you to drop things from your inventory, ''including'' those three treasures. Whatever you drop is LostForever. Ironically, you can drop the treasures between the moment that the game checks for them to get to the endgame, and the actual endgame.
* UselessUsefulSkill: There is a command for ducking, which you need precisely never in the game.
** It does help you keep from getting caught by the witch.
* VideoGameRemake: It has both an official one and a fan one, which is available for free online.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: The narrator in the AGD remake likes to call the player out on dickish behavior, like trying to throw rocks at the squirrel or the baby birds, or trying to eat from the bowl of infinite stew right in front of the starving woodcutter and his dying wife.
* ZillionDollarBill: The bottomless gold chest, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse never seen nor referred to again]].
** Alexander is given a hefty sum of money from this in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow''. Due to Shipwreck, he's left with just [[BagOfSpilling one]] at the start of the game. The description of the coin does say it comes from the chest, though.
** Coins from the chest also appear in ''[[VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone King's Quest II]] [[VideoGameRemake +]]''.