King’s Quest is the PC RPG game I consider to be the most famous. The King’s Quest series, published by Sierra, takes you through the long and challenging story of King Graham’s kingdom and his family. Due to the DOS interface, the first installments presented physical challenges. The most challenging task in the gaming industry was climbing stairs. The game developed over the years into a fun point-and-click adventure featuring a cast of characters and an exciting story.
After resolving legal issues with Sierra’s holdings firm VivendiUniversal, fans have created the Silver Lining, which is most likely the largest non-commercial gaming project. The Silver Lining is the ninth installment in the King’s Quest series, or eight if you’re normal and don’t count King’s Quest VIII. It’s packaged as individual episodes. You can currently play chapters 1 through 3.
The Silver Lining starts with What Is Decreed Must Be. King Graham and the Royal Family travel to the Isle of the Crown, King’s Quest VI, to witness a wedding. Bad stuff does happen, so King Graham must embark on a dangerous and long journey to get rid of it.
The game’s mechanics are similar to King’s Quest V. Click on the context menu at the top to select the action that you wish Graham to take, then click on the location you would like it to take place. There is plenty to discover, even though this is only the first episode. This episode doesn’t have hours of gameplay. The whole thing was completed in just over an hour.
Graham’s little asides are my favorite part of the RPG game download. You’re sure to enjoy the funny jokes he makes about previous installments of King’s Quest. Although it is the same type of laugh that hoity-toity country clubbers get when someone jokes about Roquefort’s, we are entitled to this level of elitism. Kids brag about eliminating zombies from PC RPG games. Big deal. You’ll be a true champion if you can climb a spiral staircase like Rosella.
True to the Series
Sierra has released a terrible game for KQ8. You were a mysterious man, and you only did one thing: fight. The sequel to Street Fighter was better than King’s Quest, and the company should be ashamed. The Silver Lining has managed to keep true to King’s Quest’s charm, and I think they have created a product that is far superior to Sierra’s latest effort to bring closure to this beautiful series of PC RPGs.
All of the PC RPGs in The Silver Lining can be downloaded from the TSL server when they become available. These episodes are pretty significant, so you might have to wait until they are all available again before you can get back to the Daventry lifestyle. It has many components that make King’s Quest veterans love it, but I’m sure the game can be enjoyed by gumshoe adventurers as well.