Those who have been following my reviews of each episode of this new King’s Quest (and you really should take a look before continuing further), will know that I have championed the game. I have loved nearly every episode with my main lament being the amount of time that has elapsed between their appearances.
Well, for this final episode, The Good Knight, the release has come right on the heels of the previous episode, eliminating my big problem. However, I am not quite as enthused over what’s been delivered as I have been in the past.
The story this time out features the oldest version of our hero going out on one last adventure. Due to the vicissitudes of memory, a single location on the screen may show multiple different things (or nothing at all, if King Graham fails to remember what was there). The change can happen in various ways – either automatically by leaving and returning to a screen or when the game prompts the user to remember how something might have been.
This is a distinctly odd choice by the developers as it’s always been old King Graham telling the story, so there is no reason that simply going on an adventure with old King Graham should cause the memories to be altered. Additionally, being forced to solve puzzles in this manner feels like a cheat. That is, how can Graham being telling a story about how he went on an adventure and solved a puzzle but only have solved the puzzle by picking up one thing in one version of the memory and combining it with something else from another version of the memory. It is a breaking of the fourth wall which is intended to be clever, but simply does not work.
Thankfully, not every puzzle works in this fashion. The rest of the puzzles are far superior and range in style and difficulty. Some of these have the distinct flavor of ones we’ve seen before as well, which fits into the tale being told this time out. The adventure itself is a brilliant summation of all the episodes which preceded it and it wraps up the story quite nicely.
For whatever shortcomings both this episode and previous ones may have had, as a whole King’s Quest is well worth one’s time and effort. As I indicated last time out, anyone who has been sitting on the fence wondering whether they should buy it, whether it would ever be completed, would do well to seek it out at this point. Maybe you’ll get lucky and it will go on sale for the holidays.
As for me, I will keep my fingers crossed and hope that another King’s Quest effort is coming down the line. Far too much time may have elapsed from first episode to last, but all are exceptionally enjoyable. There is a constant level of wit and humor to them which, combined with the regular level of narrative flair and enjoyable graphics combine to make something truly special.
King’s Quest is rated E10+ (Everyone 10+) by the ESRB for Fantasy Violence and Comic Mischief. This game can also be found on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Windows PC.