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King's Quest 5: Absence Makes the Heart go Yonder!

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Sierra
1990
Genre:
Adventure
Theme:
Cartoon & Comic / Humour / Misc. Fantasy
Language:
English, Castellano
Licence:
Commercial
System:
PC (VGA)
Views:
2303

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5/6
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danigancho (2016-05-11) [hide]

Graham the King comes back in one of the best known Sierra's sagas. King's Quest V – Absence makes the heart go yonder was the very first game to be released in languages other than English. This is something that sounds normal today, but back in the 90s was incredible news for graphic adventure fans all over the world. English was a real issue for me and my brothers as kids. "To drop"?? Oh my God, what do they mean? What do they want from me, to enjoy playing a game or are they trying to make me learn something??

With a much better interface and a different concept compared to the previous releases, where you have to write commands to interact with characters, places and objects, this "point and click" adventure makes you travel to an ancient world of mystery and magic. Your mission is to help Graham the King to rescue his family from Mordoc, the evil magician. You will have to follow the advice of a wise owl, get some food downtown to survive through a long desert walk, talk with the gypsies (even if you are not so welcome in their encampment), find the treasures hidden in the forest full of magic creatures, visit the icy mountains and, as usual in all these graphic adventures, look really close, pay attention to each detail and squeeze your brain to the max!! Honestly, this game is quite difficult to finish.

I've heard that all the game scenes were first drawn by fine artists and then, after scanning all their work, the images were adapted to show the beautiful aspect this game has. Also, as it's advertised on game's box, you can install the 256 colors VGA version only if you have almost 10MB of free space available on your computer!! I remember having to erase many games to have the best King's Quest V version installed on my PC, but really worth it!! 256 colors was THE FUTURE after playing Sinclair Spectrum not that long ago.

You will find good graphics, nice music, adventure and a lot of humor in one of the best graphic adventure games made in the early 90s. King's Quest V follows the tale created by Roberta Williams in 1984, and if you want to dive in a world of fantasy similar to Simon the Sorcerer or Discworld, I suggest you don't miss this game; you'll definitely enjoy it.

Game Groups

King's Quest

  1. King's Quest: Quest For The Crown (PC / DOS)
  2. King's Quest 1: Quest for the Crown (Amiga / OCS/ECS)
  3. King's Quest 2: Romancing the Throne (PC / DOS)
  4. King's Quest 5: Absence Makes the Heart go Yonder!
  5. King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride (PC / Windows)

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