Become a Patron to help us improve MobyGames!

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

71
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Ground breaking in some ways, backwards in others Great Hierophant (226) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
The prettiest KQ game I have played so far *Katakis* (37493) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Possibly my personal favourite of the King’s Quest series Jayson Firestorm (153) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A great effort in graphics and sound for its time. woods01 (154) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
I played KQ4 when it was NEW ... and I wasn't bored! Jeanne (75633) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Excellent classic adventure game from Sierra - My all time favorite classic PC game 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.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Text Parser How sophisticated the text parser is, how appropriate its responses are, etc. 3.7
Overall MobyScore (66 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
90
Quandary
With the release of King's Quest VII just a short while ago in which Princess Rosella has made her second appearance in this series, it seemed the perfect time to take a look back at King's Quest IV - the last King's Quest title in which we encountered the adventure-prone princess. I first played KQ IV many, many moons ago and it was a pleasure to return to it. Seeing Rosella again felt just like meeting an old friend after a long separation. The game was great fun simply because there is so much to do and so many places to visit and, to top it all off, there is a good serving of puzzles and problems to overcome.
80
Techtite
A departure from the then boys-only-club of Sierra adventure heroes, this sequel put you in the role of the King's daughter, Rosella. Puzzle fans consider this one of the best KQs of them all.
80
Adventure Classic Gaming
King’s Quest III: To Heir is Human introduces not only Prince Alexander but his twin sister Princess Rosella. It opens a whole new possibility for the King’s Quest series—a female protagonist. So there it is—King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella, the first game in the series to let you play a female character! The sequel continues immediately where the previous game has left off. King Graham is throwing his adventurer’s cap into the air, and the suspense is on as to the inheritor. Of course, all things in the kingdom of Daventry suddenly take a bad turn.
72
Power Play
Spielerisch bietet King‘s Quest IV alles, was man von einem “klassischen“ Abenteuer erwartet: viele Rätsel in unterschiedlichen Schwierigkeitsgraden, viele Räume (das Programm belegt satte neun 5 1/4-Zoll-Disketten) und jede Menge Humor. Das Programm läuft leider nur auf ATs in einer annehmbaren Geschwindigkeit, auf einem XT muß man geduldiger Natur sein. Außerdem bietet der Sierra-Parser nicht den Wortschatz, den man von einem lnfocom-Adventure gewohnt ist. Wer gerne tüftelt, bekommt Rätselstoff für Wochen; Wer Märchen mag, kommt aus dem Lachen nicht mehr heraus.
70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Im Unterschied zu ihren männlichen Kollegen gibt sich die Königstochter nicht mit grober Klötzchengrafik zufrieden — der optische Unterschied ist sogar beträchtlich, der akustische nicht ganz so sehr. Wie es sieh für eine junge Prinzessin geziemt, bewegt sich die Gute recht elegant über den Screen, wobei sie jede Steuerungsart akzeptiert, mit einer leichten Vorliebe für die Tastatur. Die benötigt man auch für die englischen Texteingaben, ansonsten brauchen ihre Amiga-Fans mindestens 1MB, und wenn sie der Guten darüberhinaus eine Harddisk und eine Turbokarte anbieten, macht sie sogar richtig Tempo...
(page 10-12)
70
Adventure Gamers
This game is groundbreaking for many reasons. It was the first game to use Sierra's improved-technology SCI engine, to feature a female protagonist, and to offer sound card support. King's Quest IV is a must-play if you like the other King's Quest games, and worth trying out even if you've never played the others.
60
Just Games Retro
Ultimately, the best way to describe this is "King's Quest Plus." If you enjoyed King's Quest I and II, you're going to have that style, plus a legitimate character, plus an emotional story, plus expanded puzzles with multiple steps, plus significantly improved visuals and audio. If you were looking for something more involved than fairy tale item hunts, or along the lines of King's Quest III, you'll be disappointed. This game resorts to the same wander-around gameplay and cheap deaths as the first two. Some areas seem so intentionally confusing as to require you to find a walkthrough (or have paid for a Sierra hint book, natch) and I can't imagine trying to play without taking frequent advantage of the built-in save system. Worthy addition to the series, but the series itself remains flawed.
50
Adventure-Treff
Nach dem in vielen Bereichen wie Storytelling und Rätseldesign gereiften dritten Teil spielt sich The Perils of Rosella wie ein Rückschritt. Das Gameplay ist immer noch von einer ungenauen Steuerung und fiesen Sackgassen und Sterbemöglichkeiten geplagt, während Geschichte und Hauptfigur wenig interessant geschrieben sind. Die vielen Anspielungen auf bekannte Märchen scheinen die recht banale Story kompensieren zu wollen, was aber wie schon im zweiten Teil nicht immer funktioniert. Auch das zeitkritische Element, das dem Nutzer keine Rückmeldung während des Spielens gibt, ist ein eher nutzloses Feature, das zusammen mit einigen wiederholten Aktionen bei den Rätseln für wenig Freude sorgt. So handelt es sich beim vierten Teil der Saga trotz der verbesserten Grafik und dem hochwertigeren Sound um den schwächsten.