Kings Quest is back and it's following the lead of Telltale titles such as Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands in bringing us its wares via episodic content.
The old Kings Quest may have been a keyboard and mouse affair, however, this reboot is designed for your controller, therefore straight from the off you'll feel comfortable exploring the lands and trying to solve the numerous puzzles with a few simple clicks of the button.
Having never played the original titles, it's a bit hard for me to compare this to those older titles, so I won't, instead I will focus on what's good and bad about this adventure and in this respect there's plenty to talk about. In the first episode there's lots to keep you occupied, since it is full of knights and dragons and plenty of puzzles. Taking around six hours to complete, it's a far cry from rival episodic games, which are around one third of that length and in this respect it can drag on a bit, even for the most ardent fans of the series, I'd imagine.
The story in A Knight to Remember focuses on Graham and his attempts to outwit four other candidates who are all aiming to become a knight, although before that he's out and about finding a magic mirror and deciding whether or not to kill a dragon or set it free, a decision that will no doubt have implications in later episodes.
The whole adventure is told as a tale by Graham to his granddaughter Gwendolyne. The older version of Graham is wonderfully voiced by Christopher Lloyd, and there is plenty of variation in the voice work, meaning that you won't be listening to the same words over and over again. The cutscenes are not skippable at all, so you will have to sit through them, but at least they offer some entertainment and the occasional humour.
One of the main areas of the game which will keep you entertained are the puzzles. They aren't particularly difficult to complete, but you will have to experiment and try different things in order to progress. There are no clues which pop up, although if you listen carefully there are sometimes a few hints (I looked high and low for the toolbox is an example of a clue to finding it stuck up a tree). Solving puzzles is a mixture of finding objects and using them with other objects or by giving them to NPC's, who have perhaps requested for you to find them.
If there is one area where Kings Quest stands out the most its in its looks. The game looks wonderful, with its bright and vivid colours and brilliantly designed backgrounds. Everything feels almost real enough to touch, which is a testament to all the hard work that the small team at designer, The Odd Gentleman, put into the game.
King's Quest: A Knight to Remember is a fantastic title and while the first episode can be a bit of a slow burner at times, it still offers enough to suggest that this could be a game to watch once the other episodes start to appear. As it is though we'd still recommend it, after all, it's been a while since we have had a decent adventure game.
Words by Joe Anderson
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(Version Tested: PS4)
+ Looks brilliant
+ Great voice work
+ Fun puzzles
- Can drag on a bit