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Re: TSL campared to KQ7
« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2011, 09:51:17 PM »
In a lot of ways KQ7 is thematically and plot-wise the very darkest of the KQ games (disregarding MoE in this instance) and I think the Disney qualities and the girly goofiness of Malicia were tools to off-set that. I think they went overboard on that with Malicia, but otherwise I think it was a smart move.

If you think about it, it is the only KQ where you are actively trying to prevent the destruction of the world and the deaths of a LOT of people. That is pretty dark and scary, after all!

Dark =/= scary.  Dark =/= dangerous.  Dark =/= low-light environments.

When something is thematically dark, it means that it references and/or calls to mind real-world feelings of horror, torment, or despair.  Frankly, NONE of the King's Quest games come anywhere close to doing that.  KQ6 has its moments, especially the whole Realm of the Dead, but it's not because it's scary or dangerous--it's because that whole section of the story is bleak and tragic.  KQ3 is thematically dark as well--perhaps the most thematically dark of all the games in the series, dealing with realistically tragic issues like slavery, murder, and self-sacrifice.  Of course, it's all presented in the most light-hearted way possible, but still.  The sheer abundance of silliness and whimsy in KQ7 in particular pretty much completely negates even the darkest aspects of it, because they are just so completely outweighed by all the camp.  ;)

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Re: TSL campared to KQ7
« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2011, 10:34:38 PM »
MOE actually probably ist the most thematically dark of the series in many ways (and actually has less light-hearted material, its still there, just not as pronounced). But ya, KQ3 does have its dark themes,and as you said its presented in such a light-hearted way.
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 http://kingsquest.wikia.com/wiki/File:Daventryisearth.ogg

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Re: TSL campared to KQ7
« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2011, 09:14:37 AM »
MOE actually probably ist the most thematically dark of the series in many ways (and actually has less light-hearted material, its still there, just not as pronounced). But ya, KQ3 does have its dark themes,and as you said its presented in such a light-hearted way.

True, but it's such a different type of game that it's hard to think of it in the same context as the others, especially in terms of the amount of time spent developing the narrative (as opposed to say, running around killing things, quaffing potions, eating mushrooms, etc.)