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King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (Amiga)

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Description

For months Prince Alexander of Daventry has shut himself away from the world, thinking only of Princess Cassima, who he met while imprisoned in the previous game. Eventually he can take it no longer, and he hires a ship to search for the Land of the Green Isles located on the edge of the world. After months of searching he finally sets sight upon the island kingdom, only for a freak storm to strike the ship, destroying it and leaving him the only survivor. His troubles are far from over, however, as he soon finds out that the King and Queen have passed away, the Greens Isles are on the brink of war, and his beloved Princess Cassima may even be held prisoner by the royal vizier.

Like its predecessors in the series, King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow is a third-person puzzle-solving adventure game. For Alexander to save the Isles, he must travel between the Land's four magical islands, each based on myth and fables, and encounter people and strange beasts that will either help or hinder him. Alexander must be careful as well, because, as with all the King's Quest games, poor choices or missteps will often prove fatal for the Prince. Puzzles are solved linearly, although late in the game there are two completely different paths to take to reach the final confrontation. Like the previous game, actions are performed using a point-and-click interface with icons that represent verbs ("walk", "examine", "use", "talk", etc.).

The CD-ROM version of the game includes both DOS and Windows versions, full speech, a pre-rendered introduction, and the Girl in the Tower theme song.

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King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow Amiga Intro: Prince Alexander tells his mother the news.
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow Amiga The title screen.
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow Amiga A village.
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow Amiga Talking with the ferryman.

Alternate Titles

  • "國王密使 VI:希望之旅" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "KQ6" -- common abbreviation
  • "King's Quest VI: Heute geerbt und morgen verschwunden" -- German title

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The Press Says

Amiga User International Jul, 1994 94 out of 100 94
CU Amiga Apr, 1994 89 out of 100 89
High Score Sep, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Amiga Joker Apr, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Sep, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Power Sep, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Magazine Nov, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Amiga Format Aug, 1994 69 out of 100 69

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Trivia

Amiga version

The back cover of the Amiga version contains information: "Beautiful graphics in 256 colours or 32 colours (two versions available)." but the game was released only in 32 colours version.
According to KQ VI reviews in Amiga Computing, Amiga Format and Amiga Power magazines Sierra originally planned to release a 256 colours version but decided that 32 colours version looked so good already so they shelved the idea.

The game was ported to the Amiga by Revolution Software, though the company wasn't credited on the box or in the manual. This is why this version uses Revolution's Virtual Theatre engine instead of SCI.

CD version

The CD version of King's Quest VI includes Girl in the Tower , the theme song to the game, composed by Mark Seibertm in full length. A sample of it can be heard on the floppy version for five seconds, then the game urges you to ring up radio stations that was listed in the manual and request it. Also the introduction was also extended in the CD version.

Music

Chris Braymen, the game's composer, quoted a Gregorian chant (Dies Irae) in the theme that plays when Prince Alexander is captured in the Catacombs of the Isle of the Sacred Mountain. It's a famous theme, quoted as well in many classical compositions such as Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique (5th part), in Stanley Kubrick's films The Shining and A Clockwork Orange, and also in Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Room of the God Machine).

References

King's Quest VI's villain is named Abdul Alhazred; this name was taken from the work of horror and sci-fi writer H.P. Lovecraft. Abdul was a fictional character (also dubbed ''the Mad Arab'') who wrote the Necronomicon.

Technology

This was Sierra's first adventure game to feature their lipsyncing technology that they got when they bought out Bright Star Technology.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Presentation in 1992
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POMAH (33717) added King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (Amiga) on Sep 26, 2002
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