King's Quest

Game review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Funny, surprising adventure with beautiful graphics.

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Positive Messages

Players can make some selfish decisions, but overall, story is about becoming a good king, saving a kingdom. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Graham, aspiring young knight, is a bit of a bumbler, can make bad things happen accidentally. He also can make unethical decisions (stealing, lying) if it benefits him. He's ultimately a kind-hearted character whose actions are meant to help the kingdom of Daventry. 

Ease of Play

Simple point-and-click controls; puzzle solutions mainly intuitive. Possible to solve puzzles by trial and error. 

Violence

Possible for Graham to die, but storytelling framework dismisses it as product of an old man's faulty memory. One knight shown being thrown around, killed by a dragon, but there's no blood. 

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Consumerism

Game is episodic, meaning players must spend more than initial purchase price to experience the rest of it.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Village potion shop shows shelves full of potions, bubbling cauldron full of potion in the works. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that King's Quest is a fanciful downloadable adventure game starring a young man who occasionally does unethical things in his quest to become a knight. Players mostly get to choose how to handle situations, which means they can choose to be good. Some violence is depicted in the scene of a man battling a dragon, and the player can choose to wound the animal. The death of another beast also is implied, and a knight is shown being thrown around and killed by a dragon. Parents should know that this is the first episode of the title, so players will need to spend much more money to experience the entire story.

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What's it about?

KING'S QUEST follows the exploits of a teenage boy named Graham who's bent on becoming a knight. Traveling to the famous kingdom of Daventry to find adventure, he intends to win a place in the king's royal guard by competing in the royal tournament. But to his surprise, Daventry isn't all he'd hoped it would be, and the land is beset by a range of serious problems including supply shortages, marauding wolves, and striking bridge trolls.

Is it any good?

This is a reboot of the beloved classic games of the 1980s and '90s and involves a series of stories about Graham, a teenage adventurer who eventually became king. The stories are told Princess Bride-style by an elderly King Graham to his adventurous young granddaughter, and the effect is nothing short of charming. This contemporary update does its namesake justice both in tone and appearance. A light-hearted fairy-tale approach is conveyed to perfection by storybook-worthy graphics and amusing dialogue supported by an incredible vocal cast that includes Christopher Lloyd (Doc from Back to the Future), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini from The Princess Bride), and Zelda Williams (daughter of Robin Williams).

Along with its winsome presentation, King's Quest's strength is its fun alternation among exploration, action, and puzzle solving. Though the latter is somewhat less challenging than previous games in the series, it makes the game a lot more accessible. Better yet, it forces players to make important moral choices. Though the graphics, voice acting, and gameplay are great, the best thing about the new King's Quest is its inventiveness. Fun fairy-tale-like surprises abound, from unexpected locations to otherworldly characters, and there's nothing objectionable to diminish their impact. The first episode is a delight, which hopefully bodes well for the rest of the chapters yet to come.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fairy tales. Can you think of another story or movie with a dragon in it? 

  • Think about the knights in the tournament. Which one are you most like? Are you mostly fast, strong, or smart? 

  • Discuss the relationship between the girl and her grandfather. What can our grandparents teach us? 

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