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What you'd like to see in TTG's Kings Quest (merged threads)

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I've noticed in KQ games--ESPECIALLY KQ5--you get a lot of interesting things, both in the art and story, which are never explained but nonetheless entice. For example, look at the shot of the Roc carrying off Graham:

Note in the foreground there is a primitive village. It's there and it's made clear, yet we never learn anything about it, or visit it. It's just there to entice the eyes and get you wondering.


Or this snowy vista. Endless miles of snow lay beyond, perhaps kingdoms of ice and caves among the mountains in the distance--but we don't know. We aren't told. It's just there.

Then you have some of the characters. We never learn much about Mordack, but he comes off as a very powerful, dark, evil fellow right out of a pulp fantasy story. We don't know all that much about him, but we can see he's clearly obsessed with the occult, with snakes, and with some kind of cult (note his Satanic looking altar in the last photo ). None of this is explained to us, but that makes it all the more interesting.

Or, look at these scenes when Graham is in the boat.

Dozens of rocky islands are seen far off in the horizon, but we never visit them, and we're never told anything about them. And it leads the mind to wonder--what IS on those islands? What creature or people reside there? Your mind can run wild with speculation.

I think that a TT King's Quest game should have little things like this--places we can't explore that are just at the edge of the screen, far away places that tantalize the imagination, interesting characters who we don't learn the whole story of--Because it allows you to have things left up to your own imagination, to dream up your own stories and backstories about these characters and locations.

It leaves you hungrier for more--and such things have sustained the fan community for years. For example, single, cryptic message about something called the Black Cloak Society kept fans' imaginations fired for nearly 20 years, without us ever being told much of anything about this society other than it's name. Less is more in King's Quest, and in KQ, all of these lands, and characters are left purposely unexplained, and are never returned to, never explored in full, and it serves a good purpose:

It entices you, the same way a scantily clad woman is enticing and intriguing to the eye without revealing everything; It makes your mind wonder, and lights your imagination up. If you're told everything about a character or, are allowed to explore every crevice of a land, you lose the ability to imagine and dream yourself, and you become less an active participant in this wild, alien fantasy world and more a mere observer with everything about it being spoonfed to you.
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  • icedan;467704 said:
    Anakin, you have hit the nail on the head. This is the Mystery Box Theory, which is discussed on Ted by Bryan Singer.
    JJ Abrams?
  • Radogol;467729 said:
    JJ Abrams?
    Ah, thanks for correcting me, I don't know why I kept thinking of Bryan Singer.
  • One thing I noticed about the early KQ games, until KQ6, was the series was PURPOSELY campy. Like it knew it wasn't exactly serious without descending into a total joke. But it played on itself and the fantasy genre just a little bit, and took things really lightly; Really, KQ5 is sort of the "Roger Moore" entry of the series--And personally, I love this approach, and I hope it's kind of kept to in TT's game.

    Then again, I'm someone who prefers the Connery/Moore era of the James Bond series and the 1960s Batman TV show and movies to their modern, more realistic and more plot driven analogues.
  • I have no idea what you are talking about.
  • der_ketzer;469728 said:
    I have no idea what you are talking about.
    For example, KQ5:

    -Cedric himself, 'nuff said.
    -King ANThony, king of the Ants
    -Queen BEEtrice, queen of the Bees
    -Queen ICEbella, queen of the snowy mountains
    -Hitting a cat with a shoe to save a rat who later saves you
    -Having the townspeople be an odd mix of midwestern sounding folk (Shoe shop owners), people who sound they're from Germany (the toymaker), Scottish sounding people (the gnome), and stereotypical 'gay' accent (tailor).
    -Defeating a yeti with a pie to the face
    -Saving yourself from HARPies by playing a HARP
    -The puns when you died. For example, "That old witch caught Graham toadally off guard."
    -Using a bag of dried peas to defeat the blue beast (Mordack's castle)
    -The Cheese Saves You ending--Having old cheese be the power to Mordack's wand machine, thus ensuring your ability to defeat him.

    The game is pretty much epically cheesy, or campy. It's light. It's fun. There's little real logic in the game or it's puzzles and it throws some funny "WTF, really?" moments at you. Not bad WTF moments, but humorous and memorable ones, and they actually make the game even more enjoyable.

    I mean name me another fantasy game which has something along the lines of you dispatching a yeti simply by throwing a pie in it's face. That's something straight out of a 1920s comedy.

    The random, cheesiness of the game is one of it's most memorable, and IMO, best qualities. It has a lot of silly stuff without going off the edge into self parody or just coming off like a bad joke. It's delightfully cheesy. It's simple, sweet, memorable, and lovable. It's endearing to adults and children alike.

    I'll put it this way: I introduced my 4 year old niece to KQ5 (I figured I'd try KQ5 first to test the waters as KQ5 was the KQ game that hooked me at 5) a few months ago, and she fell in LOVE with it. This is a child who was raised in the era of 3D movies, 3D action/fast paced games, IPODs and all of that, so one would expect a 20 year old game like KQ5 would bore her, or simply be uninteresting--There are much faster paced games and things out for her generation. Yet every time she comes over my house, even if it's weeks without seeing her, she demands we play King's Quest. It's led to me having completed KQ5 with her and moving on to the other games.
  • Hi!

    I remember trying to play KQ1 a looong time ago. I kept dying.

    I never tried playing the games since then... but now I'm intrigued to start over. What am I looking at? What makes this series so great? :)

    What makes you guys keep playing/replaying the games?
  • To me it's the challenge, and the fairy tale like setting.
  • The total lack of guile and cynicism, the innocence rooted in earthiness, and the love of nature.
  • Simo Sakari Aaltonen;470996 said:
    The total lack of guile and cynicism, the innocence rooted in earthiness, and the love of nature.
    wth are you on about?

    love of nature? innocence rooted in earthiness? what does that even mean and how does it have anything to do with King's Quest?

    and how can you say the lead characters in KQ have a total lack of guile? You're saying for Alex to turn Manannan into a cat shows lack of guile?
  • The challenging puzzles, campy atmosphere, and terrible puns.
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