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King's Quest: Quest for the Crown

aka: King's Quest 1 VGA
Moby ID: 6418
Windows Specs
Original

Description

King's Quest: Quest for the Crown is a remake of King's Quest using Chris Jones' Adventure Game Studio engine. Unlike Sierra's own earlier remake of the same game, this version features VGA graphics, an icon-based point-and-click interface, voices (optional) and MP3 music (optional).

In 2009 AGD Interactive released King's Quest I VGA 4.0, which can be considered a remake of their original 2001 remake. It contains the following enhancements:

  • Newly enhanced game backgrounds and character dialog portraits
  • A new "no dead-ends" gameplay mode (optional) to ensure that the game can be completed from any point
  • Full narrator speech and lip-syncing for all characters
  • Windows Vista support
  • Native Ogg Theora movies, which means in-game cutscenes and movies will now play in Linux and PC emulations under Macs
  • Full digital speech and music tracks are now included as part of the download rather than being separate downloads

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Credits (Windows version)

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Designed by
Original Music
VGA Conversion
  • Tierra Entertainment
Original Game by
  • Sierra On-line
Backgrounds
Animations
Dialog Pictures
Scripting
AGS Engine
General Midi Arrangements
Tierra Theme Music
  • Rufus the Hat Rack
Lip-Syncing
Voice Acting
Beta Testers
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Reviews

Critics

Average score: 86% (based on 7 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.5 out of 5 (based on 43 ratings with 2 reviews)

A superb, artistic remake of a historical title

The Good
There are many fan projects out there, attempting to revive the old adventure and RPG classics, but most are either half-hearted efforts or remain forever "under development". Not so with this one. This remake is a truly professional effort, the graphics on par with Sierra's own Quest for Glory I remake, and the original game has been transferred with minimal changes, apart from eschewing the text parser in favour of a purely point & click interface. It supports many languages (including Latin), and optional speech and music packs.

The Bad
The only thing that might possibly be considered a drawback is the aforementioned lack of the text parser. I might have preferred a mixed interface, like the one used in the original Quest for Glory. The game still plays out fine, though.

The Bottom Line
This remake has been made by people who not only love and respect the original, but who are also dedicated enough to see their project through and actually improve on it (the game is now at version 3.0). If you love Sierra's classic adventure games or you want to experience them and just can't stomach CGA graphics, then you should give this game a chance. And it is actually freeware!

Windows · by Silverblade (1382) · 2004

King's Quest I revisited, a worthy re-make!

The Good
The old King's Quest I has been faithfully remaked with new and better music, voice-acting, early 90's VGA-graphics, and just invokes a certain degree of nostalgia. This is indeed a worthy re-make of this old classic!

The Bad
Some may complain about it not being quite long, but it's just as long as the original King's Quest; i.e: an experienced adventure gamer should be able to complete it without any aid in less then 4 hours - but that is not this re-makes fault, but the original King's Quest.

The Bottom Line
Tierra has re-created the classic King's Quest in a way which not only relives the original KQ atmosphere - it also enhances it in a way which will not only invoke nostalgia, but also a lot of fun.

Tierra has made a wonderful and commendable remake of this old classic, which, although short, will hopefully relive the interest in yesterday's adventure games in the interest of today's and the next generation gamers.

Windows · by Stargazer (99) · 2003

Discussion

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DOS Version eXo (346) May 7, 2013

Trivia

Availability

This fan-made game can be downloaded for free from here.

Credits

All developers contributing to the project originally chose to remain anonymous, although they have been revealed later.

Development

Royal Quest, the working title for the game, was actually going to be more of a parody of King's Quest. It would feature a sort of "bad-ass" Graham who was more interested in fighting than solving puzzles. The game was cancelled, however, and King's Quest: Quest for the Crown development began. Coincidentally, an AGS game called Royal Quest was later in production using backgrounds and sprites ripped from King's Quest: Quest for the Crown. The maker denies any knowledge of its original incarnation of Royal Quest.

Awards

  • AGS Awards
    • 2001 - Best Room Art in an AGS Game
    • 2001 - Best Animation in an AGS Game
    • 2001 - Best AGS Documentation

Information also contributed by Neon Hammerite, Sciere and Zack Green

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  • AGS Awards
    The Adventure Game Studio Awards for 2001.

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Anym.

Macintosh added by POMAH. Linux added by Zack Green.

Additional contributors: Indra was here, Alaka, Patrick Bregger.

Game added May 21, 2002. Last modified December 28, 2023.