A great adventure from Sierra and one of the best IF not the best Kings Quest games!
The good points
The Graphics are highly detailed for their time and are filled with lush color.
The voice acting on the cd version is actually VERY well done compared to other voice acted games of the time. Kudos for sierra for giving a good cast!
Some puzzles are particularly devious. The cliffs of logic were rather tough and took time since you had to actually use that manual for something!
Alexander is a great main character and has quite a bit of intellect by him. You gotta admire the courage he has to meet a princess in a basically unknown land.
The Interface is great and easy to use. Out of all the interfaces sierra has this is my favorite.
The land of the green isles is varied and quite big for a adventure.
The game has TWO different endings!
The game once beaten is very short and can be beat in about 20-30 minutes once you memorize all the puzzles and use the fastest route to beat the game.
the game does not have much replay value after you beat it and get both endings though you may want to replay it every few years to forget the puzzles and get the gameplay through again.
The Catacombs maze is rather annoying.
The Bottom Line
First a little backstory on how I came across this game
It was a beautiful day in 1996 when I was out getting the first family computer! Back in those days before I could get a computer of my own I was out in a computer expo and there I saw it! The cd version of Kings Quest VI Heir Today gone Tomorrow in a box brand new for four dollars! This being my first computer game I was completely awe struck at the colorful graphics and the great voice acting.
Now that the past is gone I still have this game and manual and pull it out every once in a while to relive the land of the green isles. The game as you know is a Sierra adventure game and goes with every other click game sierra made. You know Gabriel Knight, Eco Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, Police Quest, Quest for Glory and so forth. Great stuff.
If you love adventure games get this game which is a pinnacle of Sierra gaming! The best in my opinion of the kings quest series!