Welcome to the first in my 2 part series on radical games I used to play. Some will not be heard of by you, and some will bring back a flood of memories. If you too played it, let me know. I need to know that I'm not the only one that loved them. Today we begin with the awesome Kings Quest 5.
Released in 1991 by Sierra, this radical one player adventure game holds the key to my heart. It belonged to my big bro and one day he left it open while he went to watch football with my dad, what a mistake that was. Once I met King Graham and his loveable owl friend Cedric tiny kid Cazz played this game every chance she got.
This glorious piece of gaming history begins by showing you Castle Daventry, all peaceful and serene in it's green surroundings. Suddenly a jerk by the name of Mordack dressed up in a lame cloak goes 'KAPOW' with his silly wand and makes the beautiful castle disappear.
The radical King Graham is out in the forest enjoying the scenery so he is the only dude to not get harmed. Upon his return the beautiful owl Cedric informs King Graham what he has witnessed while sitting on a branch. A sad King Graham is taken to Cedric's wizard master who gives him advice, some dirty old white snake and a awesome old wand. King Graham sets off on a adventure of a lifetime to save his family and the beloved Castle Daventry.
After playing the game for hours I would always reach the point of no return. The evil forest. As a kid this little 'Enter at your own risk' sign sent shivers up my spine. Inside the forest it was dark and little glowing eyes would stare at me as I fought witches. Inevitably I always got too scared and stopped playing and honestly I can't remember ever making it past here without help from my big bro.
Kings quest 5 won the Computer Gaming World's adventure game of the year award in 1991, and it's easy to see why. The MIDI based music by Mark Seibert and Ken Allen sets your heart on fire. Due to the introduction of video graphics array in the game the visual aspect on Kings Quest 5 was greatly improved compared to earlier games in the series. Most importantly typing had been replaced with point and click adventure, which made things easier for a bad speller like myself.
Kings quest gave me some of life's first challenges like helping a shoe shop owner retire and holding a smelly fish in your pocket just in case you may need it later.