A Knight to Remember, King’s Quest Chapter 1 Review [PC-Steam]

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A Knight to Remember, King’s Quest Chapter 1 Review [PC-Steam]

Like the checker piece’s journey to the other side of the board; simple yet epic – King’s Quest Chapter 1 Review

I haven’t played an adventure game in awhile. Mostly because they take up a lot of time. The last ones I really remember were Leisure Suits Larry and Sam & Max. The king of adventure games were all developed by Sierra, and I believe they are having a resurgence with King’s QuestKing’s Quest is a reboot of sorts, taking Sierra’s classic franchise and updating it for the modern age. Sierra and The Odd Gentlemen really knock it out of the park with this new rendition. This time around it is a 5 chapter episodic graphic adventure that has players reliving the adventures of King Graham. Chapter 1 regales the tales of how Graham became a knight.

The story is told as a tale from and older Graham, to his granddaughter Gwendolyn. The game begins with a young Graham adventuring through a cavern to retrieve an enchanted mirror guarded by a one-eyed dragon. You learn the basics of the game, without much of a tutorial, which an extremely pleasant surprise. You are able to teach yourself and learn quickly and get directly into the game. After retrieving the mirror, you are given the opportunity to either slay the dragon, trap the dragon, or free the dragon. Your choice will undoubtedly play a factor later in Graham’s quest- *spoiler* not in this chapter. Then the story cuts to the present with a much older Graham who seems to be having some health concerns.

The next morning, Graham beings to tell Gwendolyn another story, this time at the beginning of his epic quest of becoming a knight. The story begins with a huge… fall. Graham falls down a cliffside and is separated from his trusty steed Triumph. Not to worry as Triumph has a habit of showing up when Graham needs him. Graham then must find his way to Daventry to get to the Knights’ audition. It turns out that Graham is a far less capable person at this point in his life, in comparison to the Graham you were when you recovered the enchanted mirror. Graham goes on countless little quests to get to the audition, complete the trials, and eventually become a knight. All the while becoming more a much more capable person, who is not only adept at discovering problems but also solve them. Throughout the journey, Graham displays the ability to not only be a knight but also a truly great leader others are willing to follow.

The gameplay is mostly point and click with some minor platforming elements that require very minute reflex testing. The real engagement is the problem solving. Collecting items and finding out who, what, where, it is needed is hours of upon hours of head-scratching fun. It’s not a mindless game of simple objective completion; it’s a network of objectives ranging, ranging in difficulty, that can be completed a number of ways, intertwined to create an epic journey. It is also laden with options for you to determine the type of person you want Graham to be. The words you choose to use are also needed to cause outcomes. It’s a very layered experience that is complex but intuitive.

What really brings it together is the amazing artwork of the game. It is cel-shaded, but it is notoriously detailed and beautifully rendered. I would say graphics wise, it is on par to Rise Of The Tomb Raider. Also, the voice cast is outstanding. Christopher Lloyd as older Graham makes it feeling like you’re being read a companion story to Princess Bride. This is only further supported with Wallace Shawn lending his talents, and also having a battle of wits with his character. The game is put together to feel incredibly familiar, and nostalgic, while being in an entirely new world. It takes the essence of greatness from the 80’s, the original King’s Quest adventure games/ Princess Bride, and creates an amazingly heartfelt, hilarious, and heart-pumping adventure that is cartoony enough for younger gamers, but mature enough that evened the most mature oriented will enjoy.

The only downside, which is being really nitpicky, is the repetition. You often have to rewalk to an area multiple times and the walking time adds up fast. Also, if you happen to make a mistake and have to repeat a section, you will have to sit through the entire dialogue. There is no way to skip anything in the game. Which is understandable, but if you’re on a time crunch, the lack of skipping will eat away at your alotted time fast. Unlike a Telltale game, where the story is essentially the game, and you can break and return because the story will just pick up, you have to do all of the traveling manually and the game requires you to put everything together and not just make choices.

I am kind of mad at myself for taking so long to play this game. King’s Quest Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember is exactly that. It is the kind of memorable that you tell stories about, or have to share with others. You’ll find yourself feeling like a child being told an amazing fairy tale and living it out as you play. The story, the cast, the graphics, make this game a must-play for fans of the fantasy and adventure genres. It is an engaging tale of heroism in a much more subtle form, and a welcomed change of pace from the running and gunning that dominates much of today’s games. My King’s Quest Chapter 1 Review is a 9/10

[PC] King's Quest Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember
  • 10/10
    Story - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Gameplay - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Mechanics - 8/10
9/10

The Verdict

King’s Quest Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember is exactly that. It is the kind of memorable that you tell stories about, or have to share with others. You’ll find yourself feeling like a child being told an amazing fairy tale and living it out as you play. The story, the cast, the graphics, make this game a must-play for fans of the fantasy and adventure genres. It is an engaging tale of heroism in a much more subtle form, and a welcomed change of pace from the running and gunning that dominates much of today’s games. My King’s Quest Chapter 1 Review is a 9/10

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