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King's Quest III: To Heir is Human (DOS)

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Description

The king and queen gave birth to two children, Alexander and Rosella, and the kingdom was once peaceful. It wasn't long until Alexander was snatched from his crib and things started to take a turn for the worse. A three-headed dragon threatens the ever-peaceful Daventry, and requires a maiden to be sacrificed every year. Rosella is the chosen one.

Alexander, meanwhile, is taken to a faraway land of Llewdor. Named Gwydion, Alexander becomes a slave to an evil wizard called Manannan who prepares to kill Alexander on his 18th birthday, for fear that he would discover the wizard's spells and use them against him.

King's Quest III: To Heir is Human is an adventure game; as in any other game using the AGI engine, you move your hero, Alexander, with arrow keys and control his actions by typing commands (which are typically verb/noun phrases).

Screenshots

King's Quest III: To Heir is Human DOS Family bear going out for a walk
King's Quest III: To Heir is Human DOS Rougher country. (EGA/Tandy)
King's Quest III: To Heir is Human DOS Friendly tree house or evil bandit's lair? You must find out. (EGA/Tandy)
King's Quest III: To Heir is Human DOS An old gnome. (EGA/Tandy)

Alternate Titles

  • "KQ3" -- Common abbreviation
  • "King's Quest III" -- In-game title

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User Reviews

An imaginative installment, in which the series really starts to blossom Jayson Firestorm (153) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Possibly the challenging King's Quest ever made *Katakis* (37691) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Quite possibly the most challenging KQ in the series, one of the best too! OlSkool_Gamer (99) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

The DOS Spirit Dec 12, 2008 6 out of 6 100
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 23, 2014 17 out of 20 85
Tilt Apr, 1987 16 out of 20 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Nov 20, 1998 4 out of 5 80
Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Just Games Retro Jul 14, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adventure-Treff Jul 23, 2011 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Adventure Gamers Nov 24, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 62 out of 100 62

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Trivia

Copy protection

While not being a formal copy protection scheme, you needed the manual to complete this game. It contained spells that you eventually used to advance in the quest. However, Compute's Official book of King's Quest did list all of them and one could purchase a copy for half the price of the game if the manual was "lost".

In the years after King's Quest III was published, the idea of using the manual as a copy protection technique became a de facto with almost every games until the CD-ROM replaced diskettes as the distribution media.

Graphics

  • If you had CGA and the wizard used a powerful spell, the entire screen shook. (This was an intentional special effect.) This was accomplished by tweaking the CGA registers to scroll the screen left and right rapidly.
  • This is the first game of the series in which the characters have pink(ish) skin. Although in the final scene of the game, when you return with Rosella to the King and Queen, King Graham, still has yellow skin, as he did in the first two games.

Innovations

King's Quest III introduces an automapping system to the genre: a magic map, found in the game, can be used to teleport to most of the explored locations.

Sound

King's Quest III is the only AGI game (i.e. a game using Sierra's AGI, Adventure Game Interpreter) in which turning the sound off causes an effect besides just silencing the game: In the wizard's laboratory, when you prepare the spells listed in the manual, some background music normally plays while you work, but if you turn the sound off, the game instead subtitles the experience by displaying a message reading "A mysterious music fills the laboratory!" when you start, and if you mess up on making the spell, another message pops up saying "The mysterious music stops. What could this mean?" It's a small thing, but notable since this kind of subtitling wasn't common in Sierra's graphic adventures.

Information also contributed by Adam Luoranen, game nostalgia, Jayson Firestorm and Olivier Masse

Related Web Sites

  • Infamous Adventures (Download King's Quest III remake for free)
  • KQ3 Hints (Stuck in King's Quest 3? These hints by Robert Norton will help you solve this game.)
  • ScummVM (supports the DOS, Macintosh, Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIgs versions of King's Quest III under Windows, Linux, Macintosh and other platforms.)
  • Walkthrough on Games Over (No frills walkthrough. Each and every action you should take to complete the game.)
Andy Roark (253) added King's Quest III: To Heir is Human (DOS) on May 21, 1999
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