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King's Quest: Mask of Eternity (Windows)

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Written by  :  Thekwane Black (34)
Written on  :  Mar 27, 2009
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Summary

Kings Quest laid to rest...the final saga...

The Good

I liked the idea that it was an attempt to bring a first and third person perspective to the game. Running around trying to find the broken masks pieces fighting blocky enemies was different.

Being able to fight creatures with your sword and bow added a bit more, entertainment to the otherwise dreary boring scenarios.

What I liked about this game is that it probably encouraged better RPG games to follow (such as Ultima IX Ascension) which was way more exciting and entertaining.

The Bad

It was not the Kings Quests we are used to. Very dreary, sometimes difficult to follow the plot line at all, and extremely linear.

The original release was very buggy and often things weren't where they were supposed to be or events did not trigger when they should have.

The levels were boring, especially running down similar corridors or same looking areas within a scene. Climbing up steep walls etc..

Unfortunately this is a game that you cannot really replay. Even after the game has sat on your shelf for a couple of years, you will still be reluctant to want to pick it up again.

You will probably use a walkthru or a cheat just because of sheer frustration in trying to figure out what exactly you are supposed to be doing, often leaving you running around a scene for hours encouraging mental irritation and heart burn in the process.

The Bottom Line

This was probably a failed attempt to bring the King Quest Series into a semi quest adventure/ RPG game.. lacking in most of the important aspects of each of these type of games.