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King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! (DOS)

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User Reviews

Defeat an evil wizard that kidnapped your family - with help from an idiot *Katakis* (37838) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Going back was no fun at all The Gay Elf (14) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Probably the best of the fabulous King's Quest Games Valerie Frankel (3) unrated
Doesn't deserve half the good press it gets Benjamin Vigeant (8) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
One of the first adventure games I played James1 (240) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Another great adventure in King's Quest land... Plus new interface gameplay! OlSkool_Gamer (99) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
King's Quest V is a major turning point for Sierra vni VIC (20) unrated
Sierra's game interface takes a turn for the worse. Old man gamer (302) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 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 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (69 votes) 3.8

The Press Says

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The DOS Spirit
Det er egentlig fint lite å utsette på dette første eventyret i VGAens verden. Gjennomføringen er komplett, omgivelsene er midt i blinken for settingen satt på plass av et varmt og fortellermyntet lydspor. Og for å toppe det hele er mellomsekvensene ofte tegnede for en skikkelig tegneserieaktig ånd over det hele. Det er vanskelig å ikke ta del i Grahams søken etter sin familie fra 1990 som passer unge såvel som voksne. Det kan godt hende at dere trenger hjelp av hverandre for å komme hele veien igjennom! Hvis ikke, så har dere alltids løsningen lett tilgjengelig litt lenger opp på sidene.
En conclusion, ce jeu est le plus beau du monde, je n'admettrais aucune discussion sur ce point ! Son interface est confortable, et l'ambiance est sublime. Le seul regret que je ressente malgré tout est la rigidité du scénario, habituelle au King Quest, qui n'a pas été améliorée.
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Some initial reservations about the degree of slushy cuteness may deter hard-hearted gamesters, but the graphics excellence of the game soon enthralls. After a couple of hours, the challenges have mounted up and several characters have set you tasks - finding out which order to tackle them in becomes part of the growing challenge. And there's a lot to keep you going...
Just Adventure
Kings Quest 5: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder is the fifth game in the Kings Quest series (hence the name) and a worthy successor to the games that came before it. With challenging puzzles and an interesting, if whimsical, plot, it can be a blast to play--just make sure to turn the sound off.
Graphiquement sublime pour l'époque et disposant d'un gameplay d'une simplicité enfantine, cet épisode V bénéficie également d'une histoire sympathique et d'énigmes à la difficulté corsée. Même à l'heure actuelle, il reste une référence du jeu d'aventure en point and click. Dommage, néanmoins, que la durée de vie soit si faible et la version française aussi mauvaise.
Every King's Quest fan has a favourite King's Quest. Mine is King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella, followed closely by KQ III: To Heir is Human (I must replay and review it sometime) and KQ VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow. Despite my preferences this particular episode, Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder, is also a popular favourite and it might be the leading King's Quest given the accolades it got when first released. Back then in 1990 it was a marvel for its time in the computer game world, with amazing VGA graphics and 256 colours to show off the beautifully hand-painted backgrounds, and it included a remarkable 50 or so character voices. It was the first true point and click King's Quest as it left behind keyboard navigation and keyboard commands in favour of an icon-based interface.
Adventure Classic Gaming
After King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella, Roberta Williams needs to rethink the basics for the next sequel in King’s Quest series. The market is changing to where most people does not want to take the time to learn to type, spell, or figure out how to talk to a computer via an adventure game. She has to design an icon interface with that future in mind; something that is about as easy to use as it is going to get. She also worries that gamers may find an icon based adventure game to be too easy. King’s Quest V: Absence Makes The Heart Go Yonder! marks a pivotal turning point in Sierra On-Line’s gaming philosophy which has forever changed the face of adventure game design.
Power Play
Tja: Das war wohl nichts. Sierra hat sich an Lucasfilm-Adventures und deren vorbildlichen Benutzersystem orientiert, aber das hat nicht so recht hingehauen. Zwar sind die EGA-Grafiken stilvoll und die Adlib-Musiken stimmungsvoll, aber die rechte Stimmung kommt beim Spielen nicht auf. Das liegt schon daran, daß King's Quest V auf einem durchschnittlichen AT so quälend langsam ist, daß man am liebsten seinem Rechner einen Tritt verpassen möchte. Außerdem ist die Geschichte recht bieder: Der zugegeben nette, aber inzwischen übliche Märchenmix mit nicht sonderlich originellen Puzzles - schade, schade, nicht mein Fall, auch von dem System hatte ich mir mehr erwartet, außerdem ist das Spiel nicht sehr umfangreich.
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Ironischerweise ist die völlig umgekrempelte Präsentation mitverantwortlich dafür, daß hier einfach kein rechter Spielspaß aufkommen will. Die VGA-Grafiken sind zwar ein Augenschmaus, und der Sound hört sich zumindest auf dem PC nicht schlecht an, aber der Preis dafür ist einfach zu hoch: Am Amiga hat man ohne Turbokarte und Festplatte kaum noch eine Chance, das dritte Bild im Wachzustand zu erleben; außerdem verführt die nun gleichfalls eingeführte Standard-lconleiste den Spieler dazu, eher rumzuprobieren, als wirklich rumzurätseln. Letzteres gilt natürlich für PC und Amiga, eine ST-Version ist nie erschienen. Selbst daß man nun komplett in deutsch abenteuern darf, tröstet da wenig, denn ein mißlungenes Gameplay wird auch durch eine gelungene Übersetzung nicht besser.
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Adventure Gamers
Having just played Dreamfall about a month ago, I replay KQV and think "Wow, how far we've come." Even so, King's Quest V was a huge technical accomplishment for its time. The improved graphics, the point-and-click interface, and even the less-than-stellar voiceover represented a big leap from the adventure games of yesterday to those of today. It's a shame the storytelling didn't also evolve, because if it had, the game would be a winner all around. As it stands, Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder is a worthwhile stop on the King's Quest fan's walking tour through the series, but it's a fairly annoying game on its own merits. Never fear, though, because with King's Quest VI still ahead of us, the best is yet to come.