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The NES version of King's Quest V retains the icon-based interface and most of the locations, puzzles, and dialogue from the earlier release. Graphics had to be re-drawn with fewer colors and less detail to fit within the restrictions of the hardware, and the artwork in many areas is different.

This version removes most alternate solutions to puzzles and does not allow many actions that would render the game unwinnable. It also shortens and eliminates several scenes; for example, it is impossible to revisit the wizard in the first house. A few locations (such as the desert) are smaller. Some death sequences have been removed or modified not to include words related to death. Finally, some text descriptions were altered.


King's Quest V NES Sir Graham and a bear
King's Quest V NES Bitten by a poisonous snake
King's Quest V NES At fortune teller's
King's Quest V NES Inventory

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King's Quest V Magazine Advertisement Page 2

Alternate Titles

  • "King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder" -- In-game title

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Critic Reviews Jun, 2012 B+ 83
Ação Games Sep, 1993 3 out of 4 75
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Nintendo Complete Aug 12, 2012 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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totalgridlock (92) added King's Quest V (NES) on Feb 03, 2004