Couples who game together, stay together
The new release of King’s Quest is a great game to play as a couple, as it’s more about putting your heads together than control over the remote. It’s great for people with and without gaming experience alike. The gameplay is easy, but the puzzles can be tricky.
When George and I moved in together I found an old computer game I’d kept from my childhood.
It was the 1995 release of King’s Quest, Chapter VII The Princeless Bride on CD-ROM, given to me by my grandfather when I was only 7 or 8 years old. The CD cover was so beautiful and exciting, I couldn’t wait to play… but could never get past the intro.
I told George how I remembered the game starting with a princess in the desert, and there was this cave with a giant scorpion inside and some kind of well… I’d walk round and round but could never figure out how to move on to the next level.
I was a smart kid, but this game was tough with a capital T. It had been the source of so much frustration for so long, which is probably why I kept it all that time, waiting for one day when I’d be old enough to kick its ass.
George spent the next few hours immersed in discovering how he could find a way to play the damn thing. He figured out it was due to the operating system, it could only play on Windows ’95. Finally, he found the game on gog.com who had converted it for Windows 10. I joined him on the sofa and double clicked to open the game.
It didn’t matter that over 20 years had passed… I was still stumped. So was George. Next we did what I couldn’t do back in the 90’s. We googled the gameplay. “What the…” I said under my breath as we watched the absurdly non-intuitive tricks to the game.
King’s Quest for XBOX
Nearly two decades on, Sierra have released a brand new 2015 version of King’s Quest on X-BOX (also available on PlayStation). It’s not a remake of the old one, rather it’s inspired by and based on it.
It’s a fantastic game! Beautiful Disney styled imagery, a heartwarming storyline, fun puzzles and riddles of varying degrees of difficulty.
The game is narrated by a nostalgic old King Graham, while Chapter 1 starts you off playing young Graham as he embarks on his journey towards becoming king.
As the chapters unfold, we learn more about the King’s life, family and adventures in Daventry. Each of the 5 chapters don’t take too long to complete. We typically finish a chapter over a weekend.
Did you ever play King’s Quest?
While I appreciate it’s not everyone’s cup of tea – mostly aimed at the younger and non-violent crowd – let me know what you think of the game in the comments below!