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

76
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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* (37493) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Text Parser How sophisticated the text parser is, how appropriate its responses are, etc. 3.6
Overall MobyScore (75 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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100
The DOS Spirit
King\'s Quest III: To Heir is Human følar eg er ein av dei betre i serien. Han har alt frå magi og tre-hovuda dragar til piratar og kongar. Så om du har spelt Kong Graham sine eventyr og vil sjå kva samanhengen til dette spelet er, eller berre vil kasta deg ut i Gwydion sitt eventyr og redda han så er det berre å lasta ned og prøva det ut. Og når du er ferdig så er du nok klar til neste bidrag i serien, King\'s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella.
80
Tilt
La société Sierra vient de rééditer King quest en tenant compte des possibilités graphiques que la carte EGA peut apporter. Des graphismes aux couleurs moins criardes vous attendent, ainsi qu'un certain nombre d'animations nettes à souhait. Par ailleurs, le scénario n'a pas changé. Qui s'en plaindrait ?
80
Techtite
A game that at first has no sign of being a story of King Graham at all, this adventure was a unique spin on the classic series. It also had a vast amount of land to traverse, as a young boy travels far away from the wizard's tower that treated him as a slave. From a ride on a pirate ship, to concocting various potions in the wizards lair (complete with amusing side effects if the spell was done wrong), this game was almost as fun as the first two.
80
Adventure Classic Gaming
Roberta Williams’ King’s Quest series is one of the best adventure game series ever produced. The series is known for its great storylines and beautiful imageries. One of the best titles in the series is King’s Quest III: To Heir is Human. Published in 1986, the game not only stands as a technological revolution for its time in the competitive genre of adventure and role-playing games, it is also a most enjoyable title to play.
70
Adventure-Treff
Eine bessere Identifikation mit der Hauptfigur, der etwas mehr Leben eingehaucht wurde, umfangreichere und abwechslungsreichere Puzzles, die auf mehreren Ebenen und nicht-linear gelöst werden können, und ein interessantes zeitkritisches Element, das auch zur Story passt. All das spricht für eine Weiterentwicklung in den Bereichen Storytelling und Gameplay des von Roberta Williams entwickelten Adventures. Doch es gibt ebenso viele frustrierende Sterbeszenen, die neben zufällig auftauchenden und für die Handlung relevanten Ereignissen und einigen Sackgassen die Fehler der Vorgänger übernehmen. Zusammen mit der veralteten Technik von ungenauer Steuerung und minimalem und manchmal etwas penetrantem Sound kann das Spiel deshalb nicht auf ganzer Linie überzeugen.
70
Just Games Retro
I see King's Quest III as the start of the maturity of the series. The storybook lands and interactive fairy tale adventures of the first two are somewhat charming, but this is the first time Roberta and crew actually put a story together. Having it reinforced by gameplay mechanics is a master stroke. While it doesn't try to be bigger than its technology can handle, it's admittedly an early and limited engine that gets more frustrating as greater pressures get put on you. Arguing with the parser over semantics when you're minutes away from a game over can easily sour just about anyone. It's also going to take a few months of saving and loading to beat it without outside help. Still, moving the focus away from the graphics and back onto the story and game is unquestionably a step in the right direction for this series.
70
Adventure Gamers
King's Quest II closed with a wedding, a joyous homecoming, and a promising future for the humble King Graham and his beautiful bride. But all good things must come to an end, and King's Quest III takes this old adage to heart. The third game in the series adopts a darker tone than its predecessors, starting off with a bang as lightning bolts and a wizard's foreboding face are superimposed beside the opening credits. These fade to reveal a dark-haired teenager dressed in rags, gazing down upon the lush Llewdor countryside from his isolated perch atop a rocky mountain. The accompanying text boxes tell us that he is Gwydion, slave to the evil wizard Manannan. The youth has no memory of his past and no hope for a future beyond his grueling servitude. As long as the wizard lives, Gwydion will be forced to attend to him in this remote house on the mountain, with no chance of ever exploring the forbidden landscape so many miles below…
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Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Damit wäre die Welt der Könige dann wieder in Ordnung, was das Gameplay betrifft, war sie es schon von Anfang an: Auch dieses Programm spielt sich im bereits klassischen Stil, die Präsentation schließt ebenfalls nahtlos an die früheren Folgen an — was auch der Grund dafür sein dürfte, daß die ersten drei Teile mit Ausnahme der überarbeiteten PC-Version von Nummer eins heute nicht mehr erhältlich sind.
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