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  • Summary: King’s Quest is a collection of 5 different chapter releases, each focusing on an untold tale in Graham’s past. In each installment, an aging King Graham reflects on his life of adventure with his granddaughter, Gwendolyn, while players are thrust back to influence first-hand the decisionsKing’s Quest is a collection of 5 different chapter releases, each focusing on an untold tale in Graham’s past. In each installment, an aging King Graham reflects on his life of adventure with his granddaughter, Gwendolyn, while players are thrust back to influence first-hand the decisions and events that shaped a kingdom. Embark on an extraordinary journey across the world of Daventry. [Sierra] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    A fantastic start to a five-part episodic adventure, King's Quest wins you over with his stunning visuals, brilliant script and fun adventure gameplay.
  2. Aug 5, 2015
    90
    This first chapter of King’s Quest really surprised me. Despite having no prior attachment to the series or its characters I am already sold on where this is going.
  3. Jan 14, 2016
    90
    My thanks go out to whoever at Sony was responsible for choosing King's Quest: A Knight To Remember as a free Plus title. It's an outstanding piece of work that surprised me not only for being a wonderful experience in a genre that I usually avoid, but also by coming from a studio whose past work gave no clue that they were capable of such. My hat is off to the The Odd Gentlemen, red feather and all.
  4. Aug 4, 2015
    80
    This first episode of the new King's Quest is really a good surprise. It offers a quite long adventure, superb animations and an interesting gameplay, all of this without forgetting to be faithful to the original games.
  5. Aug 9, 2015
    76
    The Odd Gentlemen have done a fantastic job at reintroducing us to the King’s Quest series. Clearly inspired by, and respectful of its source material, they manage to meld old school nostalgia and new school gameplay together into one charming package.
  6. Dec 20, 2015
    70
    Overall this is a great first episode for the beloved franchise, and I’m sure that fans of the original game will be pleased it has been treated with such care.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Sep 21, 2015
    60
    Its first chapter hasn't quite connected. [Oct 2015, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Aug 3, 2015
    10
    Wonderful. Being a fan of the originals since I was very young, I was leery/skeptical/etc. I bought the Complete Collection, so I suppose I'mWonderful. Being a fan of the originals since I was very young, I was leery/skeptical/etc. I bought the Complete Collection, so I suppose I'm not sure how the rest will go rating-wise... but I have no regrets having spent $40 to experience at least this first chapter. Expand
  2. Jan 5, 2016
    10
    Taken as a free PS+ game. Great start of the series, funny, challenging enough, well spent time. Looking forward to the second part. I didTaken as a free PS+ game. Great start of the series, funny, challenging enough, well spent time. Looking forward to the second part. I did enjoy the most funny dialogues and universum itself. Played together with my gf and had lot of fun together.

    For the players sho like adventures, a must have.
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  3. Jul 29, 2015
    10
    I'm about 2-3 hours into the game and really enjoying it. The art design is gorgeous and I appreciate the overall aesthetic. The gameplayI'm about 2-3 hours into the game and really enjoying it. The art design is gorgeous and I appreciate the overall aesthetic. The gameplay isn't particularly challenging, but I don't usually associate "challenge" with the adventure genre. For me it's all about the story, characters, and environments, and King's Quest has those in spades.

    Polygon claims that the XBOX version of the game has some loading issues, but I haven't encountered that on the PS4. If I make a misstep, it usually takes about 2-3 seconds to reload a level.

    Looking forward to the remaining episodes.
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  4. Dec 16, 2015
    7
    Despite being unfamiliar with the original series I can still tell that this is a successful combination of the older elements of adventureDespite being unfamiliar with the original series I can still tell that this is a successful combination of the older elements of adventure games with the more modern improvements that have been popularized by developers like Telltale. The first "chapter" in this episodic series does a good job of introducing players to the different types of gameplay that gamers will experience going forward.

    It does get off to a rather slow start at first. Things take a little bit to truly open up. You'll be lead down some very linear paths with incredibly simple puzzles early on. However once things truly start happening you'll notice just how complex the game has the potential to be. Although the solutions to the conundrums you'll encounter here are never really difficult to decipher. The only trouble you'll have in regards to figuring out what it is you are supposed to do just comes down to how many different areas there are to explore.

    It's not a huge world, but just big enough with enough areas to keep you guessing as to what needs to be used where, and at what time. It will never keep you stumped for long though. While that keeps things from getting truly exciting in the brain teaser department, it serves as a solid way to get players used to how they will interact with what are hopefully more complicated and complex puzzles in the future. Thankfully the game does manage to get the blood flowing in some exciting and action oriented quick-time events.

    With the gameplay coming off as a bit simplified for this introductory episode, the real thing to keep you going is the story. It's filled with charming characters, plenty of goofy humor, and great setting. The game has a fantastic cast of voice actors. The graphics are also a highlight. The game is visually reminiscent of the older animated films from Disney of the 60's and 70's. Particularly Robin Hood and The Sword in the Stone.

    One thing that gets me particularly for the future episodes is the influence of player choice. That game hints early on that the decisions you make will have "far reaching consequences." Unfortunately we don't get much of a look at how much these choices are actually going to play in the long run. Some characters in the story will make light remarks based on your actions, but I never really got any indication that it actually affected how they felt about me. The biggest choice I made took place at the beginning of the game and it had no effect on the events of the rest of this episode.

    I played through this episode twice and the only influence I noticed my decisions had on the world was in the behavior of the player character's granddaughter. Based on the decision you make, she'll act differently in certain scenes. However these reactions from her felt disconnected from my actual choices. It doesn't actually feel like her behavior is being altered based on what she witnesses me do or by what I tell her. Instead it just feels like the developers just said "oh look he chose something different this time, how about we just change up some scenes a bit so he doesn't feel like he's watching everything over again." The differences between scenes including her just feel weird and disconnected from what's actually being fed to her.

    Things still have a way to go in this episode. We have yet to see if player-choice will actually have any relevancy, gameplay is a touch simple, and the puzzles lack the requirement of true thinking. But this is the opening episode so it's a little easier to forgive. It's also a pretty darn good one. It serves as a nice way to ease players into the mechanics that will make up the overall experience. Now that they've gotten that out of the way we can only hope they move onto grander and more complex things from here on out. Developer The Odd Gentlemen have given themselves a solid foundation. If they continue to build up on it from here then they could truly have the next great adventure game series on their hands. One that would be a welcome revival of an old, classic series. What they have so far is good, now I'm ready for them to make it great.

    I give the first episode a 7.5/10
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  5. Aug 16, 2016
    7
    King's Quest Chapter I: A Knight to Remember is developed by The Odd Gentlemen, published by Sierra Entertainment and distributed byKing's Quest Chapter I: A Knight to Remember is developed by The Odd Gentlemen, published by Sierra Entertainment and distributed by Activision.

    + Good Story and Characters
    + Good Puzzles and Mechanics
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  6. Dec 23, 2016
    5
    For those that don’t know King’s Quest is a story led title in the same vein as games in the TellTale series, albeit with a little more in theFor those that don’t know King’s Quest is a story led title in the same vein as games in the TellTale series, albeit with a little more in the way of ‘traditional’ gameplay’ scattered throughout. I’ve never played the original 80’s King’s Quest game so can’t make any comparisons but this new version has plenty going for it, it’s just a shame that its let down by the same issues as many other games in the genre.

    One of the games major strengths, alongside its likeable lead character, is its quirky sense of humour and I was reminded of the Broken Sword series of games on more than one occasion. Unfortunately the second half of the game is almost completely ruined by the constant need to aimlessly wander around and backtrack in order to find the items required to progress. Games like The Walking Dead are often criticised for being so linear but if constantly wandering around the same environments until you stumble upon the right place is the alternative I know which one I’d choose. Another issue is the fact that many of the choices offered simply aren’t as important as the game would want you to believe and the story very often just plays out the same regardless of what you do.

    If you’re a fan of this genre, and more forgiving than I am of all the backtracking, King’s Quest is worth playing but I personally won’t bother with any further chapters.
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  7. Dec 15, 2015
    0
    An utter joke that this trash was given away on ps+ this month. Usually part one is free anyway in adventure games to get the playerAn utter joke that this trash was given away on ps+ this month. Usually part one is free anyway in adventure games to get the player interested in buying the following set of overpriced episodes.

    A poor excuse of a game (if you can call it that based on the fact it is not a complete game).

    Terrible, yawn inducing tat.
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