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King's Quest: Mask of Eternity (Windows)

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Description

The Realm of Sun is a magical world situated above the Kingdom of Daventry. Powerful beings known as Archons dwell there, guarding the Mask of Eternity, which preserves balance in the world. But on an ominous day, Lucreto, the leader of the Archons, turns evil and shatters the Mask into pieces. One of such pieces falls down, right under the feet of a simple peasant and fighter named Connor. As he picks up the fragment, he finds out that all the inhabitants of the land have been turned into stone. He must now search for the other pieces of the Mask, repair it, and face Lucreto in the Realm of Sun.

King's Quest: Mask of Eternity is the eighth installment in the King's Quest series, and the first one done completely in 3D. Gameplay-wise, it differs from its predecessors by introducing considerable action and role-playing elements. It doesn't entirely depart from its adventure roots, however, featuring commands for looking, talking to people, picking up objects, and using them to solve inventory-based puzzles.

Connor may encounter hostile creatures and can fight them using his melee weapons or bow. Some portions of the game also include environmental hazards the protagonist has to avoid, or jumping puzzles reminiscent of platform games. RPG elements are present in character development: Connor gains experience points from vanquishing enemies and completing tasks, and eventually levels up, increasing his hit points and combat parameters. Weapons and armor can be found or bought for money obtained from defeated foes.

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King's Quest: Mask of Eternity Windows Conversation
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity Windows Pick up and eat the mushrooms in order to restore your energy
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity Windows Inventory
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity Windows Fighting with bare fists and still finished off this unfriendly character

Alternate Titles

  • "國王密使 8:永恆面具" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "KQ8" -- Common abbreviation
  • "King's Quest: מסכת הנצח" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "King's Quest: Masque d'Eternité" -- French title
  • "King's Quest: Máscara da Eternidade" -- Brazilian title
  • "King's Quest 8: Maske der Ewigkeit" -- German title
  • "King's Quest 8: Mascara de Eternidad" -- Spanish title
  • "King's Quest 8" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

a dark day for adventure gamers ETJB (447) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
A very good 3d action/adventure. Ignore the letters 'Kings Quest' and you will love it! frank rieter (142) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Kings Quest laid to rest...the final saga... Thekwane Black (34) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
Disgusting. Are you sure that Sierra did this game? esural (14) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars
Let's get into action! Pat White (5) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
King's Quest Series: Rest in Peace Game22 (42) unrated
Attrocious, this should be hidden in the depths of gaming history. sultan12 (6) unrated

The Press Says

PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8.9 out of 10 89
Power Unlimited Dec, 1998 8.8 out of 10 88
Gamesmania 1998 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1998 84 out of 100 84
Pelit Feb, 1999 83 out of 100 83
Electric Games 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dec 14, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamesFirst! Jan 01, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Jan 08, 1999 7.8 out of 10 78
GameSpot Dec 29, 1998 7.6 out of 10 76

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Trivia

Protagonist

This is the first game in the King's Quest series to not feature a member of the Graham family as the hero.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1999 – Best Adventure-RPG in 1998

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Andy Roark (253) added King's Quest: Mask of Eternity (Windows) on May 25, 1999