A Fan Sequel to the King's Quest series currently being produced by Phoenix Online Studios. Formerly known as King's Quest IX: Every Cloak Has A Silver Lining, The Silver Lining brings back the characters from the old series and attempts to bring some closure to the story of the first family of Daventry. Currently, four of the five episodes have been released.The game is probably more well known for the story behind its production than the actual gameplay. After announcing their intentions and gain a lot of hype, they received a cease and desist order from Vivendi Universal (who owned the rights to King's Quest). After a strong effort from the community, they were able to continue producing the game, provided that they remove the words "King's Quest" from the name. They continued their work only to receive another cease and desist right before they were ready to release the game, this time from Activision (who had gained the rights to Sierra games from Vivendi). After much discussion, they were able to get that one overturned as well.The story of the game is as follows. During the wedding of Rosella and Edgar, a stranger in a black cloak crashes the party and casts a spell which puts both Rosella and Alexander in a coma. Graham decides that he must don his adventurer's cap one more time to undo the curse. During this, he uncovers a much deeper plot related to the Black Cloak Society.
This game provides examples of:
Anime Hair: Lampshaded by the narrator if Graham attempts to take more than one lock of Alexander's hair.
Darker and Edgier: Doubtlessly the darkest of King's Quest games. It even continually tops itself: the game's episodes get progressively grimmer with each new release, with the third one being downright scary.
Even Stuck-Up Snobs have Standards: In Episode 1, Lord Azure states that Graham can travel the Winged Ones's city if he could fly there. In Episode 4, he can. It takes some prodding from Graham and Ariel, but he holds up to his promise.
Info Dump: The developers wanted to make sure that people who hadn't played the original series would still be able to pick it up and enjoy it. This is their usual solution. The game goes into a lot of detail about the history of things in the world.
One-Man Band: In one part of the game, Graham has to simultaneously play four instruments: a lute, a drum, a harp, a horn and fly at the same time.
The Other Darrin: The most telling one being Graham not voiced by Josh Mandel. Which is odd considering Josh even reprised his role for all the Fan Remakes. Apparently he had a disagreement with the game developers.
Not that this is a problem as several people (including myself, Angelwing) think that he's a great voice for Graham.
Our Banshees Are Louder: When you first encounter The Guardian of the Forest, he takes the shape of a banshee-like hag that can kill you with its loud wail!
There are many references to classic Sierra quests, especially in episode 3. For example, you solve one of the puzzles by whistling the Leisure Suit Larry theme, and looking at one of the items in the pawn shop triggers an amusing dialogue about Space Quest.
Verbal Tic: The female guard dog in episode 3 takes her job very seriously, to the point where she talks very loudly and ends each sentence as if she were asking a question.
Video Game Cruelty Potential: It's a G-rated game, but Graham can be incredibly cruel to the some of the creatures he meets. He lights a walking-cup creature on fire to evaporate salt water to get salt, and against Mag-Gnat, you lure him into a trap that involves him getting smacked in the head with a key.