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Roberta Williams' King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows 3.x
83
3.3
DOS
75
3.6
Macintosh
...
3.8
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Description

Queen Valanice of Daventry has always thought that getting married would be the best course of action for her daughter Rosella. However, the young princess seems to be more interested in adventure, recklessly following a mysterious magical creature into a whirlpool that eventually transfer herself and her mother to another world. The two end up in different parts of a land known as Eldritch, with Rosella being transformed into a troll. They must find each other and eventually defeat an evil sorceress who plots to ruin the land.

Like its predecessors, King's Quest VII is an adventure game primarily based on solving inventory puzzles. It discards the icon-based interface of the two previous installments, and instead features a simplified "smart cursor" used for general interaction with highlighted objects and characters, as well as significantly fewer text descriptions. The game is divided into chapters, alternating between the queen and the princess as protagonists. As opposed to the realistic drawing style of all the preceding game, it has brightly colored visuals reminiscent of Walt Disney cartoons.

Screenshots

Roberta Williams' King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride Windows 3.x King's Quest 7 - In a temple with a very BIG scorpion
Roberta Williams' King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride DOS Whoa... hold on a second, let me figure out what to do...
Roberta Williams' King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride DOS Banquet? Birthday party? No, the queen is accused of a crime in the town hall!
Roberta Williams' King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride DOS Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "國王密使 7" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "מסע המלך VII - הכלה ללא הנסיך" -- Hebrew title
  • "KQ7" -- Common abbreviation
  • "King's Quest VII: Die prinzlose Braut" -- German title
  • "King's Quest: The Prince-less Bride" -- working title
  • "King's Quest 7: Невеста тролля" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

A light-hearted journey in a classic series Windows jTrippy (63)
A game that has many a flaw, KQ7 will not leave you in awe Windows 3.x *Katakis* (37821)
Proof Roberta Williams started taking drugs after King's Quest 6. Windows 3.x James Kirk (159)
king's quest jumps the shark Windows ETJB (447)
If it wasn't for the King's Quest name... Windows 3.x Depth Lord (941)
Say Goodbye to the Days of Yore Windows 3.x Game22 (42)

The Press Says

All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Windows 3.x Dec, 1994 88 out of 100 88
PC Gamer Windows 3.x Mar, 1995 84 out of 100 84
High Score Windows Feb, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Quandary Windows 3.x Jan 13, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Jan, 1995 76 out of 100 76
All Game Guide DOS 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adventure Gamers Macintosh Sep 05, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adventure Gamers DOS Sep 05, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Bugs

In order to release Roberta Williams' King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride in time for Christmas '94, Sierra didn't spend much time on beta testing. The game was very buggy and it was literally impossible to finish it without the patches that were released a few months later. Due to the large amount of bugs and a the lousy save interface, they released version 2.0 of the game, which worked faster, was less buggy and had an enhanced save interface, in 1995.

Intro

In the Disney-inspired intro, Rosella sings a song and is depicted having only 3 fingers and a thumb on each hand. Unlike Disney movies, the opening sequence is the only song in the entire story.

King Graham

Roberta Williams' King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride is the only game in the series not to feature King Graham in any capacity, although he's listed in the voice credits. This may be indicative that the character was originally included, but cut do to time constraints in an effort to push the game out for a Christmas release. However, rhere is a line of dialog recorded by Danny Delk on the game's CD wherein King Graham says "Ladies! I was getting worried! You're 15 minutes late for lunch!"

King's Quest references

Although the packaging assures potential buyers that no previous King's Quest experience is required to play the game, Prince Edgar from King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella appears in a pivotal role, but his presence is explained during the game for those players unfamiliar with the previous game.

Title

Two other subtitles that the designers considered for the game were What's Lava Got to Do With It and Rosella Vs. The Volcano.

Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Daniel Albu

Related Web Sites

  • Hints for KQ7 (The puzzles in King's Quest 7 can be tough. These hints will help you solve them!)
  • Walkthrough on Gamezilla (Step by step, this walkthrough gives everything all at once for solving KQ7.)
  • Windows XP Setup (How to play this game on your WinXP system.)
Contributed to by Andy Roark (253), Sciere (257963) and *Katakis* (37821)