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YMMV: King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
  • Accidental Innuendo: When Alex pulls out the Magic Map: "Alexander feels a strange pulling sensation."
    • Old Bill Batter, the Vision Gnome. "By all that's beautious, fair and sightly, four morons do I sleep with nightly!"
  • Awesome Music: The Award Bait Song "Girl in the Tower", composed by Mark Seibert and performed by Bob Berghold and Debbie Seibert. How kick-ass is that?
  • Ear Worm: Most of the soundtrack.
  • Epileptic Trees: The Black Cloak Society is mentioned precisely once in the game, in an easily missed optional letter in the harder route through the game. Nothing much is ever explained about the BCS, yet fan theories run wild about it.
  • Even Better Sequel: This game was received with rave reviews, is generally regarded as the highest point in franchise, and perhaps the only one that can be enjoyed at face value today.
  • Fridge Logic: In the Steam Train playthrough of this game, Danny questions how the Pawn Shoppe is able to turn a profit if people are allowed to undo their trades whenever they want. Ross suggests that due to the low population of the island, this is the only way the shoppe can get any business.
  • Fridge Horror: The secret passageway Alexander uses in the castle exits in Alhazred's wardrobe... and is only a few twists and turns from a peephole that looks into Cassima's bedroom, and she doesn't seem to be aware that it's there. Sure, Alex uses it to have a brief, touching moment with her while she's imprisoned, but what was Abdul looking at?
    • It's unclear that Alhazred himself knows that the passages exist. The ghost who reveals their existence to Alexander says that no one knows of them anymore, and if Alhazred did know of them, he would likely have had that hole in his wall which shows his room from those passages filled in.
    • There was also the implication that Alhazred was going to kill Cassima after the wedding night. Think about what that implies.
  • Funny Moments: The whole scene with Bump-on-a-Log and Stick-in-the-Mud.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: To any 90s kid who has played King's Quest VI: Go on, tell us you saw Alhazred's staged marriage with Cassima!Shamir and didn't get reminded of gay marriage.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Alhazred is probably the nastiest villain to cross the series. He shows up at the Green Isles and quickly wins the favor of the naive king, who sees him as a wise advisor and potential son in law. Then he arranges for one of this Black Cloak buddies to kidnap Cassima and get the heir to the throne out of the way, murders the King and Queen in their sleep, and he's already set up as a Regent for Life because he conned his way into Caliphim's trust. Then, he sends his genie to swipe the Islands' treasures, and sends out bogus stories that another island was to blame, carefully playing on each island's prejudices, and grounds the ferry so no one could travel to another island and verify the story. This kept the islands infighting so they didn't pose a challenge. Cassima gets rescued? He'll imprison her and cover it by invoking a dated tradition, then pull And Now You Must Marry Me, planning to kill her after the wedding night and coronation so he remains completely unchallenged and unchallengeable! It was only by the blind, dumb luck of the ex-slave Daventry prince showing up with a crush on the princess that any of this was discovered.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Alexander feels a strange pulling sensation."
  • Nightmare Fuel: Where to begin...almost being burned to death as a Human Sacrifice, the Minotaur with his ghastly altar, the catacombs and their Death Traps. The Faux Death (if you don't know it's fake), and the entire Land of the Dead. Play this and King's Quest IV: The Perils Of Rosella with the lights on.
  • Polished Port: In 1993, a PC CD-ROM adaptation of the game was released for both the MS-DOS and Windows 3.1x versions, and besides the voice-acting and mouth movements in character portraits that had been absent in the floppy diskette version on MS-DOS (which also kept the low-resolution graphics), the Windows version had high-resolution graphics that doubled the resolution graphics of MS-DOS. And not only did the Windows version enhance character portraits with mouth movements, it also featured their blinking eyes, eyebrow movements and mood changes.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The CD-ROM version was one of the first to feature Hollywood voice acting, a practice that is now routine.
  • Tear Jerker: The incredibly detailed description of The Lord of the Dead seeing his life in the magic mirror. On the other hand, it can just as easily come across as Narm.

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