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For months Prince Alexander of Daventry has shut himself away from the world, thinking only of Princess Cassima, who he met while imprisoned in the previous game. Eventually he can take it no longer, and he hires a ship to search for the Land of the Green Isles located on the edge of the world. After months of searching he finally sets sight upon the island kingdom, only for a freak storm to strike the ship, destroying it and leaving him the only survivor. His troubles are far from over, however, as he soon finds out that the King and Queen have passed away, the Greens Isles are on the brink of war, and his beloved Princess Cassima may even be held prisoner by the royal vizier.

Like its predecessors in the series, King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow is a third-person puzzle-solving adventure game. For Alexander to save the Isles, he must travel between the Land's four magical islands, each based on myth and fables, and encounter people and strange beasts that will either help or hinder him. Alexander must be careful as well, because, as with all the King's Quest games, poor choices or missteps will often prove fatal for the Prince. Puzzles are solved linearly, although late in the game there are two completely different paths to take to reach the final confrontation. Like the previous game, actions are performed using a point-and-click interface with icons that represent verbs ("walk", "examine", "use", "talk", etc.).

The CD-ROM version of the game includes both DOS and Windows versions, full speech, a pre-rendered introduction, and the Girl in the Tower theme song.


King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow DOS The castle
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow DOS You can use a bird to exchange letters and gifts with poor Cassima.
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow Amiga A nice garden.
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow Amiga The start of the game. Prince Alexander has been shipwrecked on this island.

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Alternate Titles

  • "國王密使 VI:希望之旅" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "KQ6" -- common abbreviation
  • "King's Quest VI: Heute geerbt und morgen verschwunden" -- German title

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User Reviews

King's Quest For Grown-Ups DOS Unicorn Lynx (181391)
King's Quest II gets ramped up a notch DOS Katakis | カタキス (43214)
An entertaining game, with some problems DOS Christina Nordlander (26)
Classic adventure with a pretty facelift Windows 3.x jTrippy (63)
A great adventure from Sierra and one of the best IF not the best Kings Quest games! DOS Mr. Huh (112)
Instant Classic! One of the best King's Quests ever created! DOS OlSkool_Gamer (102)
This is possibly the best Kings Quest adventure in the series. DOS Robert Pragt (29)
Ahh ... Romance ... ain't it grand? DOS Jeanne (76182)
one bad theme song DOS vni VIC (23)
Rough diamond Amiga mailmanppa (5437)

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine DOS May, 2007 9.5 out of 10 95
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1992 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Nov, 1992 10 out of 12 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Oct, 1994 10 out of 12 83
High Score Amiga Sep, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Corner DOS Dec 29, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score DOS Nov, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Games Amiga Jul, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1994 69 out of 100 69


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Amiga version

The back cover of the Amiga version contains information: "Beautiful graphics in 256 colours or 32 colours (two versions available)." but the game was released only in 32 colours version.
According to KQ VI reviews in Amiga Computing, Amiga Format and Amiga Power magazines Sierra originally planned to release a 256 colours version but decided that 32 colours version looked so good already so they shelved the idea.

The game was ported to the Amiga by Revolution Software, though the company wasn't credited on the box or in the manual. This is why this version uses Revolution's Virtual Theatre engine instead of SCI.

CD version

The CD version of King's Quest VI includes Girl in the Tower , the theme song to the game, composed by Mark Seibertm in full length. A sample of it can be heard on the floppy version for five seconds, then the game urges you to ring up radio stations that was listed in the manual and request it. Also the introduction was also extended in the CD version.


Chris Braymen, the game's composer, quoted a Gregorian chant (Dies Irae) in the theme that plays when Prince Alexander is captured in the Catacombs of the Isle of the Sacred Mountain. It's a famous theme, quoted as well in many classical compositions such as Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique (5th part), in Stanley Kubrick's films The Shining and A Clockwork Orange, and also in Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Room of the God Machine).


King's Quest VI's villain is named Abdul Alhazred; this name was taken from the work of horror and sci-fi writer H.P. Lovecraft. Abdul was a fictional character (also dubbed ''the Mad Arab'') who wrote the Necronomicon.


This was Sierra's first adventure game to feature their lipsyncing technology that they got when they bought out Bright Star Technology.


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Presentation in 1992
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