Julkaistu 4. marraskuu.
Technical glitches. I'm playing this on a brand new computer running Windows 8.1. Here are the issues I've had.
I played KQ1 through KQ4 mostly without problems. Except, when I started playing KQ1, there was a major video glitch every time I opened and closed the Inventory screen. It was really annoying, and while trying to solve the problem, I discovered that KQ7 wasn't working at all. I am diligent in protecting my computers from viruses and destabilizing programs, so I very reluctantly downloaded the software patch discussed in this forum, and was really annoyed to find it installing multiple programs. Since my hard drive is new and has little on it, I plan to reformat it once I finish playing Kings Quest.
The patch seems to have made KQ7 work, but I haven't actually played it yet. It did not solve the video glitch problem, which I tolerated through KQ3. One option is rather than opening the Inventory screen, instead type "Look at (inventory object)." KQ4 ran smoothly. Then I got to KQV and discovered the biggest annoyance yet.
Sierra originally released two versions of KQ5 - a floppy-disk version followed by a CD-ROM version released a year later. The floppy version uses text windows to describe everything in the game, but with the CD-ROM version, they experimented with voice overs. The version in this package is the CD-ROM version. The voice acting is absolutely terrible and they do not give you the option to revert to text boxes. Every time you look at something, a narrator describes it for you in a cheesy radio announcer voice, and the character voices are intolerable to the point that I don't want to play the game.
So, I considered skipping ahead to KQ6, and discovered a problem there too. The game uses a program called DOSBox to make old DOS games compatible with newer computers. You have to run some basic configuration for each game, in the process choosing whether to run it in a window that cannot be resized or full screen. I don't want to play in a window, but the full-screen setting stretches the 4:3 aspect ration to fill my rectangular monitor, and I cannot figure out how to make it display 4:3.
So, I'm thinking I might just stop here and stop playing. It was fun playing KQ1 through KQ4 after all these years. I'd been playing Skyrim for a while, and it was a trip to see the old-school graphics that took me back to my high school days when I first played the games. It seemed to me like Skyrim might have taken a lot from King's Quest. I haven't played other Elder Scrolls games, so I don't know the history there.
One other thing you should know. I was looking forward to experiencing the old-school graphics and was ironically disappointed to find that the version of KQ1 included in this package was not the original, but a re-release made years later utilizing updated VGA graphics. While the graphics obviously look nicer, it made it hard to experience the full nostalgia I was looking for. Sierra was criticized for remaking the game and decided not to remake any other games. The idea was that they were ruining a classic, like colorizing a black and white movie.