* AllAnimationIsDisney: Despite being 2-D animated, the game itself has been bashed on by gamers as well as the reviewers for criticizing it for its art style mimicking Disney. It seems to be heading towards Creator/DonBluth and [[TheSwanPrincess Richard Rich's]] work.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: The game's art style is one possible reason the game isn't as beloved as [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow its predecessor]].
* ContestedSequel: Nowhere near as much as the universally-reviled ''VideoGame/KingsQuestMaskOfEternity'', but it still has a large number of detractors who don't like, among other things, the changes made to the ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' (and early-to-mid Sierra adventure games in general) formula, like the lack of HaveANiceDeath, a point system, and the addition of chapters, which can be played out of order.
* EarWorm: The gravedigger's theme and depending on who you ask, [[AwardBaitSong Land Beyond Dreams]].
* GeniusBonus: Lord Tsepish's name is a phonetic spelling of the Romanian word ''tepes'', or [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler impaler]].
* GuideDangIt: The final puzzle. [[spoiler: The magic wand that can change the impostor troll king back has two settings, T and F, but unless you mouse over the one pixel at the bottom of the wand you'd never know. More annoying is that since it's a wand to change something back to its own shape, you'd think the T and F stand for True and False. Nope, they stand for ''Troll'' and ''Faerie'', so using the wand set to T on the fake troll king won't work, and you don't find out that the false king is one of the faeries until after you change him back.]]
* NightmareFuel: If you take a long time finding a way out of [[spoiler: the coffin]], the skeletons around it will start trying to force their way inside. If you take too long, a skull will poke through the wall eagerly. Cue the "You Have Died" screen.
** The Boogeyman's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcFeozTNzZs theme]] is this for some people, but others find it to be just an upbeat, catchy tune.
* UglyCute: [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lPlOhaAM7jA/TDeygJ2Z01I/AAAAAAAAAQE/vh3RJGP0H6o/s1600/KQ7_RosTroll.jpg Troll!Rosella]], heck, most of the trolls qualify.
* RetroactiveRecognition: [[ComicStrip/{{Buckles}} David Gilbert]], a comic strip cartoonist, worked as a key animator on the game as part of the Animotion staff in Syracuse.
* ToughActToFollow: The game seems to have been hit with this, seeing as ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' is considered the best game in the series.
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