Wrapping up an episodic narrative game game be tricky, as we have seen from many Telltale seasons. King’s Quest has been both a triumphant tribute to the series of the past and an incredible story in its own right. Successfully towing the line between fanciful humor and genuinely emotional moments, King’s Quest has been one of my favorite games of the year thus far. Episode 5, titled “The Good Knight” wraps up the series by tying up any of the loose ends left and recounting many moments of your journey. The end result is a final episode that provided some of the best nostalgia, not just for the older games, but even for moments from earlier episodes.
Continuing along its streak as the best episodic adventure game going on now, King’s Quest has a stellar addition with Snow Place Like Home which is the fourth episode in the season. After a relatively light third episode, Snow Place Like Home tugs at your heart strings right from the start and doesn’t let up throughout. The stellar variation of the series also holds up in this latest episode offering yet another spin on how the game is played. If you’ve enjoyed King’s Quest thus far, there is a lot to appreciate in Snow Place Like Home and it left me ready for the final chapter to come.
Continuing its tenure as the most diverse episodic adventure game currently on the market, King’s Quest has shaken up the formula yet again for episode three. Favoring relationships over exploration, Once Upon a Climb tasks a newly buff King Graham with finding a companion to help him rule over the kingdom of Daventry. Decisions from earlier episodes play a factor, new overarching story details are revealed and hearts are won, making this an excellent continuation of this standout reboot.
One of the most common pitfalls when games are episodic is stagnation. Sometimes just a new bit of story isn’t quite enough to separate it from the other episodes. The Odd Gentlemen have provided an excellent example of how to do this right withe second episode of their reboot of the King’s Quest series. Rubble Without a Cause takes a chance by adjusting the formula set forth by the first episode and succeeds by creating a darker and more intense chapter.
Legacy can be a difficult thing to deal with when a video game series hasn’t been around in a very long time. The Odd Gentlemen stepped into the ring with the monumental task of bringing the King’s Quest series back after a very long break. I’m pleased to report that they’ve knocked it out of the proverbial park with King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember. Sporting a gorgeous art-style, a lovable cast of characters, stunning music and a lot of heart, this game is the return to form that the King’s Quest series deserves.