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King's Quest II: Romancing the Stones

a.k.a. King's Quest II VGA / King's Quest II+: Romancing the Stones

published by Tierra / AGDI in 2002-12-03, developed by Tierra, running on Linux
type: adventure
genre: Fantasy, Point-and-click adventure
series: King's Quest
setting: Medieval, Uchronia
perspective: side view fixed camera
player options: single player
languages: eng

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Personal review
This is a relatively unknown game yet a masterpiece within the point and click genre and top rate among all videogames.

A notable difference in this remake is the personalization of King Graham's quest. There is no ultimatum given, no threat to the kingdom, that compels King Graham; his reasons are deeply personal. As are the motivations of nearly every character in the game. This remake presents a huge leap in maturity and seriousness rivaled only by the tone of the fairytales it references (in their pre-Grimm's incarnations). Like the fairytale originals, there's things in this game that should make you skirm and things you won't want to think about too much. But, it's still fun and contains humorous moments.

# 2016-01-05 14:36:15
Description
King Graham having ascended to the thrown now rules Daventry, alone. Aware of his loneliness, and when finally having it pointed out to him by a trusted official of the Kingdom, King Graham consults his Magic Mirror. The Magic Mirror shows him the remote world of Kolyma and beautiful woman held prisoner in a tower there. King Graham sets out on a romantic quest, casting aside royal privilege to mingle with a myriad of ancient and modern fairytale characters in Kolyma presented, for the most part, in their original serious and dark forms.

An updated version of the never released remake of the original King's Quest II. That is, a remake of a never released remake :) (the improved Apple IIGS version noted, but not accepted as a remake by Sierra's standards). Text input, except for a few key plot necessities, is replaced with point&click. Graphics are beautiful VGA. Superb music and sound (optional). And many of the original voice actors from later official King's Quest games lent their voices to this unofficial remake (also optional). Play in window or full screen, 1.33 fullscreen (anamorphic) or 1.60 widescreen, and 320x200 or 640x400.

Like the original, this game is unfair :) So save often. A knowledge of nursery rhymes, anagrams, fairytales, folktales, legends, ancient and classical literature such as Shakespeare is helpful. There are many objects to find and use in the game to score points. There are usually several solutions to a problem that score a different amount of points. Misusing items will subtract points, sometimes permanently.

Sierra granted AGDI a legally binding 'Fan License' for this game.

Easter Eggs:
Choose "The madness of King Graham" during the three tests (not always a choice).

To compact the layout of this page, the button below hides a very long list of other works that this game references.
[[spoiler:References|Cinderella
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Ugly duckling
The Little Mermaid
The False Grandmother
Little Red Riding Hood
Little red Cap
Rapunzel
Jack and the Beanstalk
The White Snake
Three Little Pigs
The Frog Prince
The Fisherman's Wife
The Valiant Little Tailor
Tom Thumb
The Little Peasant
The Queen Bee
The Willow-Wren and the Bear
Rumpelstiltskin
Snow White and Rose Red
Snow White and The Seven Dwarves
The Dog and the Sparrow
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Golden Goose
The Twelve Huntsmen
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Four Clever Brothers
The King of the Golden Mountain
The Turnip
Iron Hans
King Grisly Beard
Fundevogel
Hansel and Gretel
Briar Rose
The Fox and the Cat
Aladdin and The Wonderful Lamp
Lily and the Lion
Beauty and the Beast
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
[url=http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Tristan_(Thomas_d'Angleterre)]Tristan and Iseult[/url]
Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Robin Hood
Little Bo Peep
Hickory Dickory Dock
Old Mother Hubbard
Little Boy Blue
Old King Cole
There Was an Old Woman Who Lived Under a Hill
Hey diddle diddle
Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Old Mother Goose
Five Little Ducks
The Boy in the Barn
Pop Goes the Weasel
Jack Be Nimble
Ride a Cockhorse to Banbury Cross
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Little Jack Horner
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
This Little Piggy
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Three Blind Mice
Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son
Tommy Tittlemouse (The last 2 lines are lost to history)
See-saw Marjorie Daw
Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Three Men in a Tub
To Market, To Market
Song of Sixpence
There was a Crooked Man
The Queen of Hearts
Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Polly, Put the Kettle On
Three Little Kittens
The North Wind doth Blow
Little Miss Muffet
Humpty Dumpty
A-Tisket, a Tasket
Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush
[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It's_Raining%2C_It's_Pouring]It's Raining, It's Pouring[/url]
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Jack Sprat
Kick, Knack, Paddy Wack(This old Man)
Little Sally Walker
Pat-a-Cake
The Owl and the Pussy Cat
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Over the Meadow
Wee Willie Winkie
Ten Little Monkeys
The Flying Pig
The Farmer in the Dell
The House the Jack Built
Hark, Hark, the Dogs Do Bark
There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
The Ants Go Marching
Cobbler Mend My Shoe
Goosey, Goosey Gander
The Man in the Moon (There are three classic rhymes this may be)
Over the River
Riddle Me This
Barber, Barber, Shave a Pig
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
She'll Be coming 'Round the Mountian
Sippity Sippity Sup
Rock-a-bye Baby
Hush Little Baby
What Are Little Boys Made of?
Pease Porridge Hot
Elsie Marley
The Grand Old Duke of York
Simple Simon
Ring Around the Roses
Bye, Baby Bunting
Higglety Pigglety, My Black Hen
I Saw A Ship A-Sailing
Little Robin Redbreast
Little Tommy Tucker
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Solomon Grundy
Horsey, Horsey
Who Killed Cock Robin
Draw a Pail of Water
One for Sorrow (more info)
Sticks and Stones
Fish Story
Fiddle Dee Dee
Bat, Bat, Come Under My Hat
A Wise Old Owl
Tinker, Taylor
Little Polly Flinders
The Lion and the Unicorn
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
The Cat in the Hat Strikes Back
A Flea and a Fly
Betty Botter
She Sells Seashells
Swan Swam over the Sea
Peter Piper
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Psycho
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The Sound of Music
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Forrest Gump
Superman
Wizard of Oz
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Toy Story 2
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Technical specs
display: raster
Authors / Staff

design

Britney K. Brimhall [as Game Designer #1] (designer)

coding

Christopher T. Warren [as Anonymous Game Developer #2] (developer)
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