Classic? Yes. Good? Well...
hold a lot of nostalgic
value to me, especially the fifth game. It was my first Adventure Game
, my first game with voice acting, and dominated my third grade year more than any console game could. Granted, I could never get past that fucking desert as a kid, but I still loved it.
Years later, I finally track down all the games, play through each one..., and, with few exceptions, most of them have simply aged very, very poorly.
I'm just gonna take it on a per-game basis, cause really, that's the only way to sum up my feelings.
King's Quest I-II: Both of these are simply horrible. The moon logic is significantly worse than anything that came out afterward, the parser is nearly unworkable, and the small shreds of plot are utterly insignificant.
King's Quest III: Actually rather fun. The strict time limit
is frustrating at first, but the game actually makes sense to an extent, the magic system is creative, and the plot is...pretty nice. It still has the parser issues, but they could be worked around this time.
King's Quest IV: The parser works much better, while keeping up the improvements of III. Probably the best of the early entries. The ending also serves as a Crowning Moment Of Funny
(unless you forgot one item, where things get a whole lot worse.
King's Quest V: Probably the saddest part of this review. As mentioned before, the game holds a lot of nostalgic appeal to me, but now...it's one of the most frustrating games I have ever, EVER played. Everything that makes Sierra games infamous (Unwinnable By Design
, Guide Dang It
, Copy Protection
) is in full force here. The voice acting is So Bad Its Horrible
, as is the script. The game's VGA graphics are just okay, even by 1992 standards.
King's Quest VI: The best in the series, bar none. Everything that was good about the first four games, while fixing the issues in V.
King's Quest VII: A bit too Disneyesque for my taste, especially the artwork. It was also a bit on the easy side, especially after VI. Still, a pretty good game overall.
King's Quest VIII: It never happened.
You can get the first seven as part on the King's Quest Collection, for all two of you that still want to try any of these.