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Video Game: King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride
Totally not like Curse of Enchantia.

King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride is the seventh game in the King's Quest series, and the first where you play as multiple protagonists. The graphic design was a departure from the series' earlier games and was meant to imitate Disney animation and garner a younger, female audience; it resulted in a lot of glitches.

Rosella, princess of Daventry, is upset because her mother, Valanice, wants her to get married, while she just wants to have adventures. She falls into a whirlpool and is kidnapped by a troll; she wakes up to discover she has transformed into a troll and is engaged to the King of Trolls. Valanice dives in after her daughter, but winds up in a desert in the land of Eldritch. Gameplay alternates between Rosella and Valanice, who want to escape the Troll Kingdom and find Rosella, respectively. Later, they discover Eldritch is about to be destroyed by an evil fairy named Malicia, and their goals shift from finding each other, to saving the world.

Notably for a Sierra King's Quest, this game cannot be made unwinnable — in trying to reach younger audiences, the creators decided to make the game much easier than previous installments. It's still a Sierra game, though — you die, and there are plenty of difficult puzzles, all the same.

This game provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: Very subtly implied in the case of Ceres, who was attacked by Malicia and turned into an oak tree, then stabbed and left to bleed to death with the stake still impaled in her trunk. The first thing she says to Attis after being restored? "Sweet husband, how I missed you."
    • Lord Tsepish was cursed as the undead to ride his horse across town for all eternity.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Dr. Cadaver's medicine cabinet.
    "Leg of lizard, eye of newt, toxic toadstool powder, mono-sodium glutamate? Yikes!"
    • Actually kind of Fridge Logic when you think about it. Leg of lizard, eye of newt, and toxic toadstool powder are things you'd openly expect a magical fantasy world to have. MSG is something so blatantly realistic, it makes sense that it would be the "odd one" to them. No different than if Rosella discovered a hidden room with a "Bed, Piano and a Xbox360"
  • Art Shift: The previous game used video-captured actors for the animation. King's Quest VII switched to a Disney/Don Bluth-inspired art style instead.
  • Ate the Spoon: Rosella gathers ingredients for a potion to change her back to human form. One of the ingredients (used to stir the potion) is a silver spoon. After the potion's been mixed, the only thing left of it is a melted lump of silver. This being King's Quest, it still has a use later on.
  • Award Bait Song: "Land Beyond Dreams"
  • Back from the Dead: Edgar at the very end of the game - provided Rosella gives him the cat's extra life.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Happens a lot. Rosella starts her portion of the game getting transformed into a troll, and Valanice meets a husband and wife who have been cursed into the forms of a stag and a tree, respectively. And Edgar, who spends almost the entire game as a doppelganger of the Troll King.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animals: The trolls don't wear shoes. This extends to Rosella when she's turned into one during Chapter 2, although her shoes magically reappear on her feet when she changes back.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The were-bear.
  • Big "NO!": Rosella, after being trapped in a coffin underground, and Malicia after she discovers Rosella has escaped from said coffin along with the real Troll King.
  • Blind Without 'Em: The kangaroo rat in the desert. You have to get his glasses back for him before he will do business with you.
  • Book Ends: Rosella's story begins when she's literally pulled into an engagement with Otar, King Of Trolls. In the end-of-game cutscene, Edgar asks her properly for permission to court her, which she grants.
  • Brainwashed: Mathilde suspects Malicia has done this to King Otar in order to coerce him into working with her. It turns out he's not the Troll King at all, but her nephew Edgar... the same fellow from King's Quest IV!
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Two of them run rampant in Ooga Booga. Also the troll girl who throws away her wind-up rat.
  • Brown Note: Lady Tsepish's face is so horrifying, everyone who looks at her dies.
  • Buried Alive: At one point in the fourth chapter, the ghoul kids intend to do this to a cat they locked in a coffin. And later in the same chapter, after Rosella finds the Troll King under the deadfall, Malicia shows up and promptly tosses her in with him.
  • Cats Are Mean: Totally averted with the black cat in Ooga Booga, one of the sweetest characters in the game.
  • Cheesy Moon: The moon over Falderal is revealed to literally be made of green-colored cheese.
  • Chekhov's Gun: All the inventory items, naturally, but special mention goes to the extra life given to Rosella by the cat.
  • Civilized Animal: Archduke Fifi le Yipyap, as well as all the other citizens of the town of Falderal. Although Fernando the bull might be a slight subversion in that he never exhibits any major bull stereotypes.
  • Cliff Hanger: Every chapter ends in one.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Chicken Petite, the little bonnet-wearing hen running around Falderal and screaming that the sky is falling, is this even by Falderal's standards.
    Archduke Fifi: Just ignore her, my lady. She is very silly.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: Objects you can interact with sometimes stand out markedly from the hand-painted backgrounds.
  • Cool Horse: Necromancer, Count Tsepish's noble steed.
  • Cool Old Lady: Mathilde, Otar's nursemaid, who stands up to Malicia without any trace of fear.
  • Creepy Child: Those two pests in Ooga Booga land.
  • Creepy Monotone: The Dreamweaver talks in this.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Several characters.
  • Curtains Match the Window: An interesting variation in that both Valanice's and Rosella's dresses match their eyes.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Troll!Rosella.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Ooga Booga is a dangerous and scary place, but some of its inhabitants like the Gravedigger, Dr. Cadaver, the Black Hound, and Lord Tsepish aren't so bad after all.
  • Death by Falling Over: Hilariously done by Valanice drinking salt water in the endless desert.
  • Dem Bones: In a corner of Ooga Booga sits a large pile of bones, and they'll come to life and eat you if you touch them. This is where the Boogeyman lives, and also where the real King Otar is being kept prisoner.
  • Distressed Dude: Most of the male characters in the game. Attis, Dr. Cadaver, Lord Tsepish (cursed as a Headless Horseman), the real Troll King, and Edgar.
  • Drop-In Nemesis: Late in the fourth chapter, you'll get a black veil that will serve as a disguise. If you attempt to leave the area without putting it on, the Boogeyman will kill you instantly. And in the sixth chapter Malicia will appear and zap you if you take too long to Spot the Impostor, or use the wand on the wrong one.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Malicia.
  • Evil Laugh: Malicia again. The Boogeyman also has a particularly nightmarish one, due to his Voice of the Legion.
  • Evil Overlooker: Malicia yet again, in the cover art.
  • The Fair Folk: Averted - there are both malevolent and benevolent fairies.
  • Fantastic Racism: Displayed by a select few of the Falderal residents towards Valanice, a human. They've gotten over it by the time Rosella shows up, though.
  • Fetch Quest: The bulk of the second chapter is spent running around the Vulcanix Underground gathering the ingredients Mathilde needs for the potion that will turn Rosella back into a human.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Edgar. It's really subtle in contrast to the rest of the game.
  • Fission Mailed: If Valanice picks up the firecracker, it explodes and she dies. If you hit "restore," you still have the firecracker, and you only get a few paces before dying AGAIN. Turns out you need that firecracker to solve a puzzle — which means you have to die, and hear the same Have a Nice Death quip, over and over for about 5-10 minutes.
    • This is because of an unfortunate side-effect of Technology Marches On. The fuse on the firecracker is programmed in terms of computer cycles. Too bad processor speeds have increased by leaps and bounds, so what used to take a few minutes now only takes a few seconds. At least you respawn exactly where you were before you died and the timer resets. Watch Let's Player Toegoff suffer through this here.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Including the human characters.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Ricardo Eduardo Rodriguez Roo Rat.
  • Go Through Me: Edgar does this when Malicia is about to attack Rosella.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: The werebear.
  • Grave Humor: Ooga-Booga Land, which can be read in limerick form on the many gravestones there:
    "The sorrowful Margery Pratt
    Liked to wail on the cliffs with her cat.
    One night, such a pity,
    She tripped on her kitty,
    And fell off the cliff with a splat."
  • Halloweentown: Ooga-Booga. Almost seems like it was made as a direct homage to The Nightmare Before Christmas, which had been recently released at the time.
  • Headless Horseman: Lord Tsepish
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Most of the monsters, most notably the Boogeyman and the three-headed Venus Flytrap in the swamp.
  • "I Want" Song: "I want to go to a land beyond dreams..."
  • Leitmotif: Malicia has one.
  • Light and Mirrors Puzzle: There's one in the desert.
  • Magic Carpet: Instant transportation to Dreamland.
  • Mama Bear: Valanice, despite not being an adventurer at all, immediately takes off after her kidnapped daughter in the story's beginning.
  • Man-Eating Plant: There's one in the swamp, just outside the gates of Ooga Booga. And it has three heads.
  • The Maze: The Desert.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Attis (who was turned into a stag) admits that he's very gradually losing his human mind. And that if the curse isn't reversed in time, he'll permanently be a stag wiped clean of all previous human thoughts.
  • Missed Her By That Much: By the time Rosella and Otar arrive in Falderal, Valanice has apparently just left, judging by what the archduke tells you.
  • Mister Muffykins: Malicia's mutt "Cuddles." Also Archduke Fifi Le Yip Yap, the mayor of Falderal.
  • Multiple Endings: It is possible to finish the game without rescuing Edgar, but it results in the "Bad Ending".
  • Nice Guy: Oppy the troll jeweler.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Malicia.
  • Nightmare Face: Lady Tsepish's face is so horrifying, the player character will die of fright if she sees it. The player doesn't get to see it.
  • Off Model: The cut scene animation is rather choppy — for example, Rosella appears to be slightly cross-eyed.
  • Off with His Head!: Count Tsepish suffered this fate before the events of the story, thanks to Malicia's gargoyle. He gets better with Valanice's help.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The Vulcanix Underground is home to one made entirely of crystal.
  • Player Nudge: Upon dying, most of the Game Over messages will drop hints as to what the player should do to get past the obstacle that resulted in the death.
  • Pseudo Crisis
  • Purple Eyes: King Otar has them. This will help with the Spot the Impostor battle later, as the fake Troll King has Green Eyes.
  • Raise Him Right This Time: Malicia, in both endings, after being turned into a baby by Rosella. Although in the bad ending, Titania is understandably less enthusiastic about it.
  • Rebellious Princess: Rosella's response to arranged marriage is jumping into the first enchanted pool she comes across.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The kangaroo rat merchant in the desert. He actually runs his entire business around this - he'll offer you a chocolate malt in exchange for a pinch of salt, for example.
  • Say My Name: Frequently.
  • Scary Scorpions: The desert has a giant monster scorpion hiding in one of the temples.
  • Schmuck Bait: Go ahead, walk on Benjamin Crabby's grave. Absolutely nothing will happen.
  • Shout-Out: Loads, from man-eating jive-talking plants to the title. They even managed one to M.
  • Spinventory: Some puzzles can only be solved by looking at the inventory from all directions.
  • Spot the Impostor: The final battle, with the King of Trolls.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The Boogeyman makes it no secret that he's got the hots for Lady Tsepish.
  • Standard Hero Reward: Again, Edgar and Rosella take this trope and run it through the obstacle course. Wisely, though, they agree to "court" rather than running off to get hitched. (At least in this regard, Rosella proves a hell of a lot more sensible than her parents or brother!)
  • Suffer The Slings / Silver Bullet: Rosella deals with the were-bear in the woods by slinging a lump of silver at him.
  • Taken for Granite: This can happen to Valanice in the third chapter, if she tries to take the songbird from the Snake Oil Salesman before talking to the china bull about her.
  • Talking to Themselves: As many of the voice actors had more than one role, there are a few instances of this, such as with Valanice and Ceres.
  • Terms of Endangerment: At one point, Malicia calls Rosella "my dear princess".
    • The Boogeyman will tell Rosella "Thanks for inviting me to dinner, toots!" if you blow the gravedigger's horn outside his deadfall while he's home.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: It's implied that the Boogeyman did this after the murder of Lord Tsepish, the ruler of Ooga Booga. He's specifically stated to have even been responsible for burning down the Tsepish Manor.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Valanice was a very passive character in previous games — her biggest roles were getting rescued in KQII and telling Alexander to find Cassima in the intro of KQVI. Here, she's out to save her daughter and adventuring with the best of them.
  • The Undead: Everyone in Ooga Booga.
  • Undying Loyalty: Black Valiant, Lord Tsepish's dog, continues to stand guard by the Tsepish Manor even after the death of his master.
  • Unwinnable: Averted, which is downright bizarre for a Sierra game. Even if you forgot to get the flower in an early chapter that's needed at the end, an identical one is up for grabs at the end.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: It's possible to give salt water to the poor, parched desert spirit.
    • Even better? Helping him at all is completely optional. It's entirely possible to escape the desert without even speaking to him.
    • You can also trigger the game's bad ending this way, by not bringing Edgar back to life.
  • Visual Pun / Stealth Pun: The merchant town Falderal is full of these. Among the more notable examples are a bull who runs a china shop and a literal Snake Oil Salesman.
  • Voice of the Legion: The Boogeyman. Also Lady Tsepish. At least until chapter five, when she's reunited with her husband and takes off the cloak.
  • Walking the Earth: Colin Farwalker, before becoming trapped and lost in the desert to eventually die of thirst, and rise again as the desert spirit.
  • We Need a Distraction: The primary function of the wind-up rat Rosella finds in the second chapter. She uses it once to catch the attention of the troll cook so she can grab things out of his kitchen, and again near the end of the chapter to scare away Malicia.
  • Woman in Black: Lady Tsepish. Rosella assumes this as a disguise once she escapes imprisonment in Ooga Booga with the real King Otar.

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alternative title(s): Kings Quest VII; Kings Quest VII The Princeless Bride; Kings Quest VII
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