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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.3
Overall User Score (9 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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Abandonia Reloaded (Jan 23, 2011)
This game can easily rival any commercial game. The story & dialogue is top-notch, and the rich graphics are stunning. Music is beautiful, and a pleasure to listen to. Voice-casting is also very impressive, with each character sounding just right! It's a lovely homage to the classic Sierra games we all know and love. However, this Episode 1 has a lot of long cut scenes and conversations with people, and not so many puzzles. Consider it a re-introduction back into King Graham's world. It should be noted that Phoenix Online Studios (the team behind this game) force you to register at their site, before allowing you to download the game, for some strange reason. Also, you have to download Episodes 1 & 2 at the same time, making it a rather large download. But those are only minor points. I highly recommend this game. Any adventure fan will love The Silver Lining, but King's Quest fans will especially appreciate revisiting familiar lands and characters.
The graphics in this game are beautifully rendered 3D, with good textures, and lighting, and effects. The characters have a wide range of animations and facial expressions, and lines are lip synced. A couple of characters look off sometimes though.
Adventurespiele (Jul 10, 2010)
Die erste Episode zu "The Silver Lining" fällt recht kurz aus, doch handelt es sich hierbei schließlich auch um ein Freeware-Adventure. Gekonnt setzen die Phoenix Online Studios die Charaktere in Szene und in wunderschöne Landschaften mit den verschiedensten Schauplätzen. Die Hintergrundmusik und die Synchronstimmen, sowie die Soundeffekte unterstützen die Spannung und geheimnisvolle Atmosphäre. Grahams Bewegungen gleichen allerdings leider einem Roboter. Außerdem hätte ich mir ein wenig mehr Aktionen durch den Spieler gewünscht, denn die erste Episode beinhaltet sehr viele Sequenzen und Dialoge. Alles in allem ist der Einstieg in die Fortsetzung der King's Quest Serie mit der ersten Episode dieses Freeware-Adventures gut gelungen. Ich bin schon gespannt, wie Grahams Abenteuer weiter geht und, ob er in der Lage sein wird, seine Kinder von dem Fluch zu befreien.
Just Adventure (Jul 12, 2010)
Unfortunately, the first chapter is more exposition than game. There is only one thing I’d call a puzzle; otherwise it’s just walking from one cut scene to the next, like an interactive story. It’s nice to explore and it’s nice to talk to people, but I was left wondering where the rest was.
The Silver Lining is pretty safe on the family friendly front. Other than the mild hints of sorcery and witchcraft I found no offensive content or language in the game. This is not a game that families will likely enjoy playing together due to the nature of the genre, but if they so choose it is safe for all.
Can one really evaluate The Silver Lining experience by this short Prologue, I asked myself? And I definitely hope that what follows will surpass it by far and become a full-fledged adventure game – even if it should be only medium-sized with all-chapters-combined. However,What is Decreed Must Be has enough meat to it to be judged as a production worth playing with, if only for bringing the magical world of KQ to life again with an all new look. Also, for pushing the boundaries of how impressive can an indie, freeware adventure game look like.
Adventure-Treff (Aug 06, 2010)
Von der grafischen, musikalischen und soundtechnischen Umsetzung kann die erste Episode von The Silver Lining auf ganzer Linie überzeugen und setzt sogar neue Maßstäbe. Allerdings stellt sich die Frage, ob sich die Phoenix Online Studios einen Gefallen damit getan haben, das Spiel in dieser Form als erstes zu veröffentlichen. Denn viel mehr als einen Teaser auf ein weitaus epischeres Erlebnis bietet die Folge nicht. Dafür entwickelt sich die Geschichte zu wenig und der Spieler hat keinen großen Handlungsspielraum. Neulinge der Serie dürften wegen der vielen fehlenden Hintergrundinformationen überfordert und Fans der Serie könnten wegen des Fehlens von Rätseln diesem Einstieg eher kritisch gegenüberstehen. Wer allerdings die Episode eher als einen Prolog versteht und seine Erwartungen in Handlungsfreiheit und Puzzledesign zurückschraubt, wird am Ende nicht enttäuscht werden und sich wünschen, die nächste Folge so schnell wie möglich spielen zu können.
All in all, the worth of The Silver Lining is tremendous despite its shortcomings. Its nostalgic and sentimental value is first on the list, along with its testament to the ability of fans to resurrect what they truly love. The symbolic meaning is there as well, since this game will always serve as a reminder of how gamers can stand up to major publishers and emerge victorious. The game’s own merit is not to be dismissed either, especially considering that it was made by people with no previous development experience. Finally, the return on your investment is overwhelming, since TSL costs exactly zero dollars and zero cents. Go and download it right now.
HonestGamers (Jul 11, 2010)
The bottom line is that The Silver Lining: What Is Decreed Must Be is aimed squarely at hardcore King's Quest lovers who want to see the series given a proper send-off. As a loving fan service, there's quite a bit here to like. References to past games abound and seeing Graham don the old red-and-blue and hit the trail once more has an undeniably romantic appeal. But on its own merits as a game, it stumbles rather badly. There's little to see and less to do. To be perfectly frank, I expected a more polished experience from a game that spent a decade in development. I'm hopeful that future chapters will have more to offer, and since it's free there's no reason not to give this one a go if you're curious. But players expecting a rebirth of the great King's Quest series will probably be disappointed. As a paean to Roberta Williams it's admirable, but as a game it just doesn't live up to its billing.