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

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Back of Box - DOS (1987 release):
    THE EAGERLY AWAITED SEQUEL!
    With over 50,000 copies sold in its first six weeks of release (on just one computer), King's Quest II was the best received software sequel of the year. As the game moves to other computers, it is quickly becoming the bestselling 3-D Animated Adventure Game in history.

    A WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF INNOVATION.
    Like its predecessors, King's Quest III breaks new ground in the development of adventure games as an art form. "Questbusters - The Adventurers' Journal" praises the "several exceptional innovations introduced in King's Quest III" including the addition of pull-down menus*, special self-mapping features and an advanced parser.

    THE MOST SOPHISTICATED PLOT YET.
    King's Quest III also breaks new ground in the area of puzzles and plot. The complexity of the storyline, and the intricate game puzzles, make for a game that will challenge even the most experienced adventurer. Subplots include an escape from slavery, piracy on the high seas, and the mastery of powerful magic.

    A COMPUTERIZED SCREENPLAY.
    King's Quest III is a graphics extravanganza with plenty of color, animation and quick screen changes. The locations and characters of King's Quest III are the most lifelike and interactive to date. The soundtrack, which includes well-choreographed music and funny sound effects, adds new dimensions to the viewer's enjoyment. In fact, King's Quest III was nominated for "Best Music in Computer Software" by the Software Publishers Association.

    THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE PLAYING ADVENTURE GAMES!
    In 1983, Roberta Williams and her team of programming artists designed the original King's Quest playing system. Four years later, King's Quest games are still the most enjoyable adventure games available.

    Roberta Williams is designer of the King's Quest series. Over the last half decade, Roberta has worked closely with The Walt Disney Company and Jim Henson in the development of computer software. Her games have sold more copies than any other woman in computer software history.

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    Can you escape the bondage of the evil wizard Mannonan?
    Learn to use magic...but don't get caught!
    Find the amazing truth to your real identity.
    Take to the high seas with fierce pirates.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75620) on May 02, 2007.

PQ2 Computer DataBase:
    Become Gwydion, young slave to the evil wizard Manannan of Llewdor. Discover the wizard's spells. Embark upon dangerous voyages to distant lands. Free a Kingdom from its ravages.

    Contributed by POMAH (33730) on Aug 13, 2003.

From back of box (original 1986 release):
    THE MOST FUN YOU'LL EVER HAVE PLAYING ADVENTURE GAMES

    3-D animated adventure games are a new generation of computer adventures ONLY from Sierra. They feature astounding graphics and animation! You'll witness:

    • Animated characters that come alive -- they walk, run, climb, even swim!
    • Incredible three dimensional graphics -- watch as animated characters pass in front of trees, behind rocks, even around one another!


    "a breakthrough in graphics-oriented adventure games" -Compute! Magazine

    "the animated graphics are quite simply the best we have ever seen on a home computer." -Compute User Magazine

    "it's like playing an animated cartoon!" -Computer Games Magazine

    Completion of King's Quest I and/or II not required.


    Become Gwydion, young slave to the evil wizard Manannan of Llewdor. Discover the wizard's secret spells, and use his magic to free yourself from his thrall. Embark upon a dangerous voyage to another land. Scale snowy peaks and brave a terrible monster to free a kingdom from its ravages!

    NEW FOR KING'S QUEST III

    • First 3-D animated adventure with powerful magic spells you can learn and use!
    • New self-mapping system helps keep track of where you've been!
    • Copyable disks -- make your own backup copies, even install on hard disk!
    • Even better graphics -- MS DOS versions now include EGA support!
    • Larger vocabulary than ever before!

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Apr 11, 2001.