King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember is a reboot and return to the point and click adventure games of old, with a twist, lush upgraded graphics and beautiful landscapes are now part of the package. This is the first episode of five and it sure delivers with puns galore and a lively world filled to bursting with creative characters. Young Graham is a brilliantly goofy protagonist with plenty of puns to spare and the older wiser King Graham is quite similar. Having the more experienced, well-travelled Graham retelling his story to his granddaughter is an excellent device that gives the world a real and built up feel, plus it adds more humour. Christopher Lloyd does a great job as old King Graham. The voice work overall is quite fantastic with impressive performances from Tom Kenny, Wallace Shawn, Josh Keaton and Zelda Williams.
Our adventure takes place in Daventry with Graham having journeyed far for the competition to crown a new ruler. He must pass difficult challenges (that involve puzzles in classic King’s Quest style) and defeat strong challengers to prove his worthiness. This game is about Graham making choices in his story, the lessons he’s passing down to his granddaughter through his successes and mistakes. There are consequences for your actions and these carry over episodes changing how things play out. One of the biggest strengths of this game is its heart. You can tell that the developers care about this game and its past. They show great respect for the previous games with subtle references to the history of King’s Quest. The characters shine because of this, they feel real and you care about them. You can also tell that Christopher Lloyd enjoys voicing older Graham, as his performance is heartfelt and genuine.
Minor annoyances include not being to skip through some dialogue options and a few irritating quick time events, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. There are quite a few The Princess Bride references and they respect the source material with nods to the previous games. There are numerous choices that impact the story and change it slightly. For example you can choose a hard loaf of bread, a shield, or a tabletop to replace a wheel on a wagon. The prologue of the game is linear but after about an hour the game opens up into a rather big sandbox with plenty of ground to cover. Each and every character is a delight and they shine through great performances from their voice actors.
This is a lovingly crafted game and it delivers on all fronts with fantastic humour, intriguing and colourful characters, and a brilliant first chapter of an episodic game. King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember delivers on its premise, I’ve already played the next four and I cannot wait to review those. I rate this 8/10