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King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
71
3.8
Atari ST
...
4.4
Apple IIgs
...
4.5
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Description

King Graham and Queen Valanice were glad to have their children back. Graham thinks that it is time to pass onto them his old adventurers' hat. When he throws it across the room, he suffers a heart attack and collapses on the floor, and he is carried off to bed. The only way that Graham's health can be restored is by retrieving the magic fruit in the faraway land of Tamir. A beautiful fairy called Genesta offers Rosella the chance to be transported to the land, and find the fruit. But once she gets transported, she cannot be sent back unless she helps the fairy regain her talisman that was stolen by the evil witch, Lolotte.

King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella is the first game in the series to have a female as a lead character. As Rosella, you will meet characters that will either help or hinder you. You move Rosella around with arrow keys, and perform actions by typing commands.

Unlike the previous King's Quest games, which used the AGI engine, KQ IV uses the new SCI engine; the most visible effect is that the game is paused while you're typing, giving you time to give even the longest commands.

Screenshots

King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella DOS AGI: Edgar turns into a handsome prince and proposes to you
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Amiga Inside the spooky old house.
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Apple IIgs Title screen.
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Amiga The dwarves' mines.

Alternate Titles

  • "KQ4" -- common abbreviation
  • "King's Quest IV: המיסתורין של רוזאלה" -- Hebrew spelling

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User Reviews

Ground breaking in some ways, backwards in others DOS Great Hierophant (226)
The prettiest KQ game I have played so far DOS *Katakis* (37493)
Possibly my personal favourite of the King’s Quest series DOS Jayson Firestorm (153)
A great effort in graphics and sound for its time. DOS woods01 (154)
I played KQ4 when it was NEW ... and I wasn't bored! DOS Jeanne (75633)
Excellent classic adventure game from Sierra - My all time favorite classic PC game DOS OlSkool_Gamer (99)

The Press Says

Tilt Atari ST Apr, 1989 18 out of 20 90
Amiga Computing Amiga Sep, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Techtite DOS 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play DOS 1989 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Atari ST Apr, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 70 out of 100 70
Adventure Gamers DOS Sep 29, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Just Games Retro DOS Dec 01, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventure-Treff DOS Aug 02, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 75 out of 100 25

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
An unconventional credit source 5 Zeppin (8339)
Feb 26, 2012

Trivia

If you asked Rosella to "undress", she refused by replying that children might be playing the game.

Related Web Sites

  • DJvu Browser Plug-in (Website containing plug-in needed to view the Spring '89 issue of The Sierra Newsletter. )
  • Hints for KQ4 (Wonderful hints nudge you along to help you solve the many puzzles in KQ4.)
  • ScummVM (supports the DOS and Apple IIgs versions of King's Quest IV under Windows, Linux, Macintosh and other platforms.)
  • The Sierra Newsletter - Spring '89 (The Spring '89 issue contains an interesting article about "The Making of King's Quest IV". Worth a look. You must have the DJVu Browser plug-in in order to access the magazine.)
Contributed to by POMAH (31333), Andy Roark (253), Guy Chapman (1746), Terok Nor (17828) and Servo (55897)