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Opinions on King's Quest V?

Started by Sir Perceval of Daventry, August 17, 2011, 06:56:05 PM

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QFG2, I think was SCI1 actually?

Apparently some of the other games had SQ3 had SCI01 versions.
Well, ya, King's Quest is on Earth. Daventry is very old city from a long time ago. It's in ruins now and people aren't quite sure exactly where it used to be. There are some archaeologists searching through the ruins, they think they know its Daventry. But its somewhere on Earth."-Roberta Williams


Yes, technically it was SCI1, but it still wholly acted like a SCI01 game. It didn't have any of the features the later games of SCI1 had. And yes, other games were SCI01 but they were all foreign versions.


I just found an eBay listing for an Original manual for KQ5. Nice.

We should really share our applicable eBay findings here. Unless, of course, we're bidding on it ourselves. ;)

Sir Perceval of Daventry

Bumpin' for the best game in the series.


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Wow- that red is really not cool to read against the grey behind it. I felt like my eyes were having a seizure >.<

I agree though. Necrobumping threads sucks. There's a reason the convo stopped cause things to say ran out. This one isn't too old though but bumping for the sake of it still sucks

Sir Perceval of Daventry

Well, personally I wonder to this day what the story behind the little town shown in the Roc cutscene is all about. I've always wanted to visit there. It's thrown in the game as part of the scenery but still is compelling. As are all those tiny little islands (besides the Harpie Island) we see when in the boat.

Also, Mordack's Castle is the creepiest place in all of the games, IMO.


King's Quest 5 -- overall, is fantastic. The puzzles, I thought, are great as they are all interconnected, which is marvellous. There's no loose ends.

However, it isn't the best game in the series by a longshot.
There's some writing/story issues -- aside from the lack of urgency Katie mentioned much earlier (which I agree with) the absolute weakest point in the game is Cedric. It's not a terrible idea to give Graham a sidekick -- even one who is mostly there for advice. It IS a bad idea to give him one who is cowardly he's virtually useless. Cedric does exactly ONE useful thing after the introduction -- accidentally fly through a window to announce Crispin's imminent arrival and get hit by Mordack's spell. There is *zero* reason he couldn't swoop through the window without having followed you around the whole time.

Much of the voice acting is also subpar when compared to King's Quest 6, but we all know that's totally excusable because the technology was SO new. (Much more excusable than the voice acting in KQ7 anyways....)
"If your translation is correct, that was 'May a sleepy hippopotamus lie down on your house keys,' but you're not sure. Unfortunately, your fluency in griffin-speak is too low."

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I replayed KQ5 a few months ago and still found it quite enjoyable.  Of course, thats because I know all the answers now, the first time I played it I thought I was going to go nuts!

I hate the maze.  Every time I play it, when I get there I dread it.  North should always be up :)  I don't do well with changing directions, and it made it almost impossible for me to draw a map of the maze. 

All of the games have at least 1 stinker puzzle, but the cheese to power the machine is definitely top 5 silliest things. 

By the same token, all the games (except maybe 7?) have scenarios where you can miss something and then ruin the game and have to restart, but I kinda feel KQ5 is the worst offender of this.  I mean, you can just wander into the forest and get really stuck.  Alexander at least gets warned about the catacombs if he doesn't have the right items at the time!  And if you let the rat die, whoops!  It comes out of NOWHERE and if you haven't saved in a while, cause why would you, you are screwed.  Don't grab the locket quick enough in the nest?  Screwed.  I am sure others can add to the list, but those are among the reasons that KQ5 is a little lower on the totem pole.  But for me it still wins over KQ1, 2, and 7 for how fun to replay. 

Mordack's castle is amazing and soooo scary, I still get terrified when I go in there.  Death is lurking around every corner and to me Mordack is by far the scariest villain.  The others seemed cartoony and afraid to actually kill people, I knew Mordack would kill me and my whole family without hesitation.