Genre: Point-and-Click Adventure
Release date: December 21, 2016
The Epilogue of the new King’s Quest has been released. With Graham removed from adventuring, this is a short, entertaining, walk through the shoes of Graham’s granddaughter, Gwendolyn.
There isn’t a lot of backstory here. The game starts with Gwendolyn walking through the woods. When she finds some animal tracks, you’ll follow them to see where they lead. Gwendolyn will meet various cute animals of Daventry, a brand new dragon, and the relative of one of Graham’s dearest friends.
The best parts of the new King’s Quest art style are on display here. Everything is beautiful to look at and the watercolor approach makes me smile. There are new wildlife creatures with which Gwendolyn must interact, and each one is a drawn with whimsy. This adds to the excitement and wonder I hope to get out of a King’s Quest game.
The voice acting is good. Although Christopher Lloyd is missing as Graham, Maggie Smith Jones makes a great Gwendolyn. There is only one other character in this episode, but I don’t want to spoil the reveal for you.
The puzzles in this game are closer to the traditional adventure game point-and-click puzzle than anything since Chapter 1. Walk around the area to explore, find items to collect and find ways to use them. The logic games that fill Chapter 4 are gone, as are the branching conversation dialogs from Chapter 1 and Chapter 3. However, I didn’t mind their absence.
It is hard to find something to complain about regarding this game. It is a bit weird that Gwendolyn would go off on an adventure right after her beloved Grandfather dies. But the epilogue is so lighthearted and fun, I didn’t mind.
This Epilogue honors the King’s Quest legacy, perhaps more so than some of the earlier episodes. I’d love to play a whole game with Gwendolyn at the helm — maybe she can go to the land of the dead to bring Graham back to life similar to what Alexander did for Cassima’s parents in King’s Quest VI? That’d be something worth coming back to the series for!
+ Amazing graphics
+ Traditional point-and-click puzzles
- Very short