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After having recovered the three treasures, King Graham has been crowned king. Now having needing a queen for companionship, Graham searches the land for a maiden, but to no avail, so he turns to the magic mirror for help. The mirror shows him a beautiful girl locked away in a quartz tower in a faraway land of Kolyma, and must find three keys that are used to unlock the door that will lead to her.

King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne is a graphic adventure game. As is typical for Sierra's AGI games, players move Graham around with arrow keys and perform actions by typing commands in the interface, which are usually combination of verbs and nouns. The game is similar to its predecessor in structure and gameplay system. Like Daventry, Kolyma is a large cyclical world consisting of interconnected screens. Compared to the first game, it is bigger and busier, with more locations and places of interest. Puzzles follow a similar format; knowledge of fairy tales is advisable for solving some of them, and complex solutions grant the player more points than a brute force approach possible in some cases.


King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne Atari ST Picking up monochrome flowers would not be the same anyway  (Monochrome)
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne Amiga The help screen.
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne DOS Inside the antique shop.
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne Apple IIgs The Door! (What is the Door?) The Door is everything! The Door controls Time and Space! The Door can see into your mind! The Door can see into your SOUL! (Really, the Door can do all that?) Heh, no.

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Alternate Titles

  • "KQ2" -- Informal abbreviated title

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User Reviews

Whosoever plays this game will have to remember their fairy tales DOS Katakis | カタキス (43094)
great when I played it, but it sure didn't age well DOS Gothicgene (83)

Critic Reviews

The Retro Spirit DOS Dec 23, 2007 6 out of 6 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Aug, 1986 9.75 out of 10 98
CU Amiga Amiga Apr, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Adventure-Treff DOS Sep 13, 2002 79 out of 100 79
Jeuxvideo.com PC Booter Apr 14, 2014 15 out of 20 75
Jeuxvideo.com DOS Apr 14, 2014 15 out of 20 75
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 61 out of 100 61
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Nov 15, 1999 3 out of 5 60
Adventure Gamers DOS Oct 28, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 59 out of 100 59


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  • The game has several easter eggs, including a cameo appearance of the Batmobile outside of the evil witch's cave.
  • In the "Pegasus" section, if you look in a hole in one of the screens, it'll play a quick demo for Space Quest, whose designers also worked on this game.
  • Kolyma is, in fact, a river far in north-eastern Siberia, infamous for Soviet prison camps in this area. Millions of "enemies of the Soviet Union" perished in the whole "Gulag Archipelago", including the Kolyma camps, which were among the most terrible ones due to very harsh climate.
Information also contributed by -Chris, Nowhere Girl, and WizardX

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