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Title: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: dark-daventry on July 06, 2011, 07:58:18 PM
Every video game has moments that you, the player, will remember for years to come. These moments are so special that they can touch each of us in a very different way; all of us will have different iconic moments, but they are iconic nonetheless. In this thread, we’d like to see what your favorite moments from King’s Quest history are!

One of the most iconic moments, for me, is the mansion from King’s Quest 4. That whole sequence of the game was so scary for me as a kid. I was so afraid to play that sequence alone when I was younger; the colors and the atmosphere just set this eerie mood. To this day, I still try to avoid that sequence XD

So what are your most iconic moments, Questers?
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: waltzdancing on July 06, 2011, 08:11:21 PM
I have so many it is hard to pick. Everyone knows about the scorpion, my run in with the troll in KQ8 so I am going to say this time that the most Iconic is Etheria. That place was so cool in my opinion and to finally get there was awesome. I remember getting stuck with the three fates and trying to free Mab. I am always careful at that part now and after studying Mythology in College, I really don't want to tick them off any time soon either.  :P
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: DawsonJ on July 06, 2011, 08:32:03 PM
For me, it was meeting Samhain in KQ6. The description he gives of his life, the poem of the gauntlet, and the explanation by the narrator of the mirror's reflection were perfect. That's my favorite section of the longplay to watch. (Part 17, if you're interested. It's also linked in my signature.)
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Haids1987 on July 06, 2011, 09:17:40 PM
Oooooh, cool topic, DD! :D

I'd have to say the flight to the Realm of the Dead in KQVI.  I remember staring at the computer screen as Night Mare's mane fluttered in the wind, and the sky darkening and getting all spooky and eerie, and thinking, "Wow.  This is amazing!"  It was so incredible because it was that scene that really got me to realize and appreciate how talented game designers really are.  They obviously didn't have as much to work with then as they do now, so seeing what they could do with so little just blew me away.

Another scene from that game that really captivated me was the scene where Alexander and Cassima talk through the wall.  Of course I was all :lovegoggles: googly-eyed :lovegoggles: and smitten from the romantic aspect, but it really is a brilliant scene.  It's so symbolic: so close yet so far away, wanting to reveal your feelings but having a barrier...plus the split screen is pretty awesome!  I always liked Cassima's dress. ;)
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Enchantermon on July 06, 2011, 10:04:43 PM
"Alexander?! Where are you?"
"I'm here, behind this wall!"
My, how suave that sounds!

;)
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Haids1987 on July 06, 2011, 11:36:27 PM
One of the greatest set of lines in Sierra's history! ;D
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: KatieHal on July 07, 2011, 09:56:58 AM
The little girl in me will always love that first glimpse of the unicorn in the flower-covered meadow with the twinkling river in KQ4. Loved it! So much! Everything was gorgeous about it.

I think for KQ3, the opening shot outside of Mannanan's house is pretty iconic. As is his laboratory.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Damar on July 07, 2011, 03:33:00 PM
For me, the moment that personifies King's Quest is the "detailed" version of Graham marching across the screen in front of the KQII logo while Greensleeves plays.  Nothing else says King's Quest like that.

Outside of that, I think the music tends to very iconic.  You have Greensleeves, the many beautiful themes in KQIV and V.  And those spare, dark notes that play when Alexander's ship sinks and the words "King's Quest VI" zoom out on the screen still gives me goosebumps.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Lenny318 on July 07, 2011, 04:49:35 PM
Doing push-ups in KQIII  :P

Ok not really, ummm I think the unicorn in KQIV and the Weeping Willow in KQV are the main moments I remember from the KQ games as a youngin.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Haids1987 on July 07, 2011, 05:35:19 PM
Doing push-ups in KQIII  :P
Can you really do that?
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Enchantermon on July 07, 2011, 07:26:12 PM
It's one of the punishments Manannan inflicts on you. You do push-ups, sit-ups and jumping jacks, iirc.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: dark-daventry on July 07, 2011, 09:09:42 PM
Another iconic moment for me is the opening to King's Quest VI. Sure, cut-scenes these days are 20 times better, but I prefer the style that KQ6 used. The very fact they got that to work on a floppy disk, to me, is amazing. I prefer the enhanced version though, as it has full voice over. And come on, that narrator is plain awesome.

As for music, while Mask of Eternity may not be everyone's favorite game, I have to give credit to the music; I just love MoE's soundtrack. It's beautiful, dark, and well composed in my opinion. Please note that I am in no way a musical expert. I own only about 1000 songs total. A lot of people I know own like 20 times that.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: KatieHal on July 07, 2011, 09:15:42 PM
"Alexander pulls out his magic map."

"Something is really starting to percolate!"

"What was it, when I looked at you?"


Classic. :)
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: dark-daventry on July 07, 2011, 09:48:21 PM
"Alexander pulls out his magic map."

"Something is really starting to percolate!"

"What was it, when I looked at you?"


Classic. :)

"The rocks are silent, as they have been for ages untold."

"Taking off your adventurer's cap so soon?"

And finally, while not technically a "moment", it's memorable nonetheless: the opening jingle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phPkRY3U9RA) of almost every Sierra VGA game. That's how you know you're in a for a good game. If that animation and jingle appears at the beginning of your game, you're in for an experience like no other. Classic.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Big C from Cauney island on July 08, 2011, 08:18:33 AM
The most iconic moments in KQ? In no specific order....

1) Getting on the pirate ship in KQ3 and sailing to daventry.  Walking through burned out daventry was also incredible. To find out at the end alex was royalty, I was shocked. It made all that hard work worth it.

2) Getting inside of the temple in KQ4 and getting pandoras box, and also the night time sequence.

3) Watching the KQ5 introduction in VGA when it first came out 1990. This was mind blowing. Entering the mountains was an awesome sequence as well.

4) KQ6 . It's been so long to remember how I felt about these games. They were almost 20 years ago for me.
I would say for some reason the last fight with alhazred.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Haids1987 on July 08, 2011, 10:37:50 AM
4) KQ6 . It's been so long to remember how I felt about these games. They were almost 20 years ago for me.
:shock: Ugh, it's true!  I was a wee lass of I think six years old when I first played KQ6. :X
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: waltzdancing on July 08, 2011, 02:14:31 PM
I was 13 I think when I played Kings Quest 6. Philippa got it for her birthday along with all the other games. I didn't know at that point there were any other games that 5 and 7. I was slow back then.  :P
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: snabbott on July 08, 2011, 04:09:53 PM
Maybe you just thought it was like Star Wars and didn't start at 1. :P
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Haids1987 on July 10, 2011, 08:06:02 PM
Maybe you just thought it was like Star Wars and didn't start at 1. :P
Hahaha!  That made me LOL! !!!
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: glottal on July 11, 2011, 07:31:30 AM
For some reason, the moment that comes to mind right now is from the climax of KQ5.  It's when Mordack says "What the ... what did you do to my wand!!!"  See, as soon as I figured out that I was going to mess up Mordack's wand, I was eagerly looking forward to his reaction, so that was actually the biggest payoff for me in the entire climax.  If there were a "which mythological archetype describes you" quiz, I might very well turn out to be the trickster.

Speaking of being a trickster, I also love the fake death used to fool the genie in KQ6.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Haids1987 on July 11, 2011, 07:48:57 PM
See, as soon as I figured out that I was going to mess up Mordack's wand, I was eagerly looking forward to his reaction
I didn't get to the actual "messing" for quite a few years.  I ran out of heap space as the wands were charging. :pokerface:
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: glottal on July 11, 2011, 09:51:36 PM
And how can I forget the ultimate trickster moment - the cat cookie!

See, the first time I played KQ3 and found out there was a cat cookie, I thought "What the hell would I do with a cat cookie ... but okay, I'll try to get the ingredients anyway."  And I made the cat cookie, and then I thought to myself "hmmm, I wonder if I could get Mannannan to eat this, but he probably wouldn't, so I wonder ... oh yes, I *can* put it in the porridge".  I didn't really expect that to be the way to get rid of Mannannan but ... when it worked, I thought "That. Is. So. Cool."
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: corruptcarebear on July 27, 2011, 10:21:15 PM
I think for me it would have to be the first time I went to the Isle of the Beast in Kings Quest 6.  I just loved the whole island.  I remember as a young lad wanting to wander off into the woods to explore and being frustrated that the game wouldn't let me.  Ah well.  Maybe I'll finally get my chance in TSL! ;D
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: dark-daventry on July 27, 2011, 11:03:49 PM
I think for me it would have to be the first time I went to the Isle of the Beast in Kings Quest 6.  I just loved the whole island.  I remember as a young lad wanting to wander off into the woods to explore and being frustrated that the game wouldn't let me.  Ah well.  Maybe I'll finally get my chance in TSL! ;D

Well, you'll get to experience a bit more of the Island in TSL, but that's all I'm allowed to say at the moment. I think you'll enjoy it though.

There has to be more iconic moments; so let's hear them!
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: atec123 on July 30, 2011, 08:37:10 PM
king's quest 5, right before mordacks castle when you go to the old boat guy to get cedric help.  that whole part brings back great memories and gives me chills when i play it now.  not entirely sure why.  that is one of my favorite parts of the game now.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: dark-daventry on July 30, 2011, 08:40:39 PM
I seriously have to replay King's Quest 5; I was never a big fan of that game because, when I first played it, I was young and got scared of parts of it. I think that scarred me a bit lol. But I really should revisit the game sometime. It's just been so long.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: atec123 on July 30, 2011, 08:42:39 PM
I seriously have to replay King's Quest 5; I was never a big fan of that game because, when I first played it, I was young and got scared of parts of it. I think that scarred me a bit lol. But I really should revisit the game sometime. It's just been so long.
that was the first one i played, and i loved it.  i seriously think it's my favorite of the series, even though i think 6 was probably a better game objectively. (and i would say i like it almost as much)
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: oberonqa on August 02, 2011, 10:49:40 PM
The random encounter with the troll inside the cave in KQ4.  It freaked me out as a kid and still, to this day, unnerves me in a way that even most horror movies fail to accomplish.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Baggins on August 02, 2011, 11:01:10 PM
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I seriously have to replay King's Quest 5; I was never a big fan of that game because, when I first played it, I was young and got scared of parts of it. I think that scarred me a bit lol. But I really should revisit the game sometime. It's just been so long.
I think the game is one of the darker King's Quest games, after KQ8... It's a tossup if KQ4 is darker than KQ5 though. But it has alot of dark imagery especially towards the end, where some of the visuals look downright satanic. But all those talking animals really lighten the mood...

I think KQ4 is just a touch darker with the whole idea of two lives in Rosella's hands (with only a limited time to save them), most of the inhabitants in the land are evil, even if only neutral evil. Almost everything is out to get Rosella. Plus it has one of the more brutal/violent death scenes for a villain in the games (sure a love arrow shouldn't technically kill, but it kills her in a very violent fashion)! But in general the game has a very lonely atmosphere about it.

KQ6 has only a few dark moments, but is overall is one of the more whimisical adventures in the series.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Bludshot on August 25, 2011, 11:40:17 AM
Challenging Samhain is one of my favorite videogame moments period.  But since that was already mentioned let me think of another one.

I think the catacombs were pretty memorable, especially since I was very young when I first played KQVI.  Eerie music, batas and rats scurrying about.  And the ever increasing clacking noise.  Oh and the traps, I had a hard time reading that map as a kid.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: dark-daventry on August 25, 2011, 12:13:47 PM
Ah, the Catacombs; that's certainly memorable for me. I couldn't have done that without a strategy guide, honestly.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Haids1987 on August 25, 2011, 07:33:42 PM
Ah, the Catacombs; that's certainly memorable for me. I couldn't have done that without a strategy guide, honestly.
I did! :scholar:
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Baggins on August 26, 2011, 06:11:29 PM
I didn't find the catacombs that hard... Considering most of it was explained in the manual!
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: dark-daventry on August 26, 2011, 08:13:09 PM
Yeah, well, I didn't use the manual XD I think I actually used the King's Quest Companion to get through most of the series.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Baggins on August 27, 2011, 08:43:16 AM
I read the manual before I played the game! I might have looked at it again, for the copy protection tile maze puzzle. Actually when I got to the actual play, I just wondered through most of it on my own. Getting rid of the Minotaur didn't take me long to figure out.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: waltzdancing on August 27, 2011, 09:34:12 AM
The catacombs kicked my butt for several days but being from the southwest and attending many rodeo events, I knew what to do with the minotaur.  :D

The KQ4 troll scared me out for YEARS! We (my sister and I) even had to use a nightlight for a bit because it freaked us out so much. The other part that messed with us was the boogeyman. *shivers* I still am afraid of him.

Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: dark-daventry on August 27, 2011, 09:44:58 AM
yeah, the boogeyman was a little creepy for me, too. I would try getting away from him as soon as possible, but or didn't always work the way I wanted it to.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: DawsonJ on August 28, 2011, 11:08:30 PM
El Cuqui!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt9f5lu9dXY

It was cool putting on the black cape (?) as Rosella and waiting for the Boogeyman, though.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Baggins on August 28, 2011, 11:27:38 PM
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black cape (?)

Black Cloak, ironically enough, actually...
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Bludshot on September 06, 2011, 02:08:08 PM
I read the manual before I played the game! I might have looked at it again, for the copy protection tile maze puzzle. Actually when I got to the actual play, I just wondered through most of it on my own. Getting rid of the Minotaur didn't take me long to figure out.

Getting rid of the Minotaur is fairly obvious.  But I'm embarrassed to admit it took me a while to realize I could use the Hole-in-the-Wall as a hole in the wall. >__>
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: KatieHal on September 06, 2011, 02:28:21 PM
I got that one, but I kept dying in the crypts because I didn't bring in the tinderbox. I knew they delayed my entering the catacombs for a reason, but I just could not figure out what!
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: Baggins on September 07, 2011, 09:07:02 AM
Ok, one of the Iconic moments that stays in my mind is in KQ8. When you first encounter Azriel in the Dimension of Death... There is this conversation between them about Connor's lack of noble upbringing, and Connor goes into a poetic rebuttle that true nobility is more a matter of deeds and virtue rather than birth! That heros can come from all walks of life, that a pauper can save a king. Azriel is set back, and surprised by the wisdom Connor exibits, and knows he is destined to greater things. It's a poetic moment, sets up the symbolism for much of the game, and comes full circle later as Connor develops into a knight exemplar. I really love how the game questions the nature of a hero, which in itself is commentary on the entire KQ series as a whole!

Another of my favorite iconic moments in the game, is the conversation between the Unicorn/Beast and Connor about saving the royal family, and Connor setting off to try to check up on them. After finding the secret passage into the castle, he discovers King Graham, and even uses the magic mirror. It's a nice nod back to the use of the magic mirror in the earlier games. Some of my favorite comments by Connor in the game, involve his 'vowing to save the family', including his King and Queen.
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: rudy on November 24, 2011, 04:53:30 AM
Another of my favorite iconic moments in the game, is the conversation between the Unicorn/Beast and Connor about...

I like the way he first greets the animal: "Argh, pathetic beast, why so sad?".
*face palm*
Title: Re: Iconic moments in King’s Quest history...
Post by: drusain on November 26, 2011, 10:12:08 PM
I always thought the Isle of the Dead was fascinating when I played there. The screen with the ticketmaster was great because I'd be there and think "Wait.. I've been here before, just not alive!" And of course, that's the place with one of the game's weirdest things: the skeleton dance!

Incidentally, to the dismay of everyone on this forum, if there was a new puzzle where you needed to power a machine and you had cheese in your inventory, you know that you'd try it because it's worked before. You would! The narrator could berate you and respond with something smarmy like "I'd like to think our game is a little more clever than THAT, don't you think, player?"