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- King's quest 2: romancing the stone -

The King's Quest series was the longest running adventure game series from Sierra. In the first game you played the part of Graham who had to gather three long lost treasures from the land of Daventry and if he did he would become king. Now Graham is king but he has no queen to accompany him so he asks his magical mirror about a suitable princess and it shows him a damsel locked in a tower in the faraway land of Kolyma. Not unlike the first game Graham has to find three keys that will unlock the door to the tower and his princess.

The game starts on the shores of Kolyma and you can easily walk around the country using the arrow keys, actions are performed by typing in commands like "open door" or "take key". Anyone who is familiar with early Sierra games should have no problems using the interface. Since this is an adventure game you are required to solve a lot of puzzles some of which are fairly easy like getting an object and using or giving it to someone at the right time and place. The setting of the game means that there are many references to fairytales like little red riding hood and the big bad wolf. Many of the puzzles will also be easier if you have some knowledge of these stories like rubbing a lamp as in Aladdin.

The graphics are still from the EGA era so the characters and environments are quite blocky. The sounds and music that are in the game are ok but mostly they are just for when certain events happen, the DOS version only supports pc speaker so it's pretty bad. Unfortunately this game has the flaws that almost all Sierra adventures have. Death is around EVERY corner, walk too close to a crack and you fall to your death, react just a little slow and die. Even worse there are three characters in the game who can appear and chase you two of which will end the game outright and the third will slow your progress by stealing your items. The bad part is that there is a bridge in the game which will only allow you to cross it seven times before it breaks down basically ending the game if you haven't got all the items you already need. You thought that was bad? Well the worst part of it all is that you actually NEED to cross the bridge seven times to complete the game, what's up with that!

Well I must admit that I quite like Sierra adventures dispite their shortcomings, the later games especially were much more polished. The King's quest series was aimed at children so it baffles me that they included the bridge scene and all the ways that would end the game prematurely, it just doesn't seem childfriendly to me at all. Anyway if you can live with all that and/or like adventure games in general I'm sure you can enjoy this game. Because of the bad bits though I couldn't give it a very high mark.

Overal rating: 6/10

Erde Kaiser


This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1987.
The load times are quite bad and there is no way to speed up Graham's walking speed which is horribly slow. The music is quite good compared to the DOS version though.
DOS Released in 1987.
The music through the pc speaker sounds awfull but still the prefered version with fast loading times and an option to speed up walking speeds.
Others These versions are not available.
Apple released in 1987.
Atari ST released in 1987.

Date added Sep-19-2008 10:17
Name King's quest 2: romancing the stone
Developer Sierra on-line
Publisher Sierra on-line
First released 1987
Genre Adventure
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MS-DOS, filesize: 344 Kb
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Manual No manual available
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