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King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (Atari ST)

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King Graham and Queen Valanice were glad to have their children back. Graham thinks that it is time to pass onto them his old adventurers' hat. When he throws it across the room, he suffers a heart attack and collapses on the floor, and he is carried off to bed. The only way that Graham's health can be restored is by retrieving the magic fruit in the faraway land of Tamir. A beautiful fairy called Genesta offers Rosella the chance to be transported to the land, and find the fruit. But once she gets transported, she cannot be sent back unless she helps the fairy regain her talisman that was stolen by the evil witch, Lolotte.

King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella is the first game in the series to have a female as a lead character. As Rosella, you will meet characters that will either help or hinder you. You move Rosella around with arrow keys, and perform actions by typing commands.

Unlike the previous King's Quest games, which used the AGI engine, KQ IV uses the new SCI engine; the most visible effect is that the game is paused while you're typing, giving you time to give even the longest commands.


King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Atari ST A talking mirror
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Atari ST From the intro
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Atari ST Intro 2 (Monochrome)
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Atari ST Introduction (Monochrome)

Alternate Titles

  • "KQ4" -- common abbreviation
  • "King's Quest IV: המיסתורין של רוזאלה" -- Hebrew spelling

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The Press Says

Tilt Apr, 1989 18 out of 20 90
Atarimagazin 1989 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Apr, 1989 72 out of 100 72


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An unconventional credit source 5 Zeppin (8339)
Feb 26, 2012


Rosella of King's Quest IV makes a cameo appearance in Leisure Suit Larry 2: Looking for Love (In Several Wrong Places). She can be found tending the barbershop in the airport. In game when you type "look girl" it responds with:

"You find Daventry Women Sexy. (But then you find any woman sexy!)" followed up with the question, "By the way, have you played 'King's Quest IV' yet?
"Why no, I haven't " Larry replies, "is it good?"
"Well I certainly think so," she concludes, "maybe it's just me!"

Indeed, it is you Rosella. It is you. :)

Related Web Sites

  • DJvu Browser Plug-in (Website containing plug-in needed to view the Spring '89 issue of The Sierra Newsletter. )
  • Hints for KQ4 (Wonderful hints nudge you along to help you solve the many puzzles in KQ4.)
  • ScummVM (supports the DOS and Apple IIgs versions of King's Quest IV under Windows, Linux, Macintosh and other platforms.)
  • The Sierra Newsletter - Spring '89 (The Spring '89 issue contains an interesting article about "The Making of King's Quest IV". Worth a look. You must have the DJVu Browser plug-in in order to access the magazine.)
Terok Nor (17862) added King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (Atari ST) on Aug 10, 2004
Other platforms contributed by POMAH (31330), Andy Roark (253), Guy Chapman (1746) and Servo (55896)