Be a Bard! The challenge awaits!! Join Finn the bard as he undertakes "The King's Challenge" and see if he has what it takes to not only survive, but to write the greatest song in all of the land of Uir!
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Release Date: Jan 26, 2016

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June 28

The Order of the Thorne is on sale!

The King's Challenge is on Sale During Steam's summer sale - it's a great way to get introduced to the mystical world of Uir, and find out more about the mysterious "Order of the Thorne".

The story is just beginning to unfold in "The King's Challenge" and this is a toe in a larger story.... Fortress of Fire, the second game in the anthology series, is coming later this year from Infamous Quests!

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In a world far away, a tale of great adventure is coming to the land of Uir. Join Finn the bard on his quest to write 'the greatest ballad ever' as he undertakes "The King's Challenge".

Every ten years, the ruler of the Faerie Realm, King Quilhairn, offers up his latest challenge to those brave enough to undertake the quest. Their prize? One wish, any wish that is within his power to grant, and the prestige of being lauded as "Hero of the Faerie Kingdom".

Do you have the will and determination to guide Finn on his quest? Play your magic lute to discover the secrets of the land and entertain its people. Meet all kinds of interesting creatures, and prove your worth in this classic point and click adventure.

Be a Bard! The challenge awaits!!

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 10
    • Processor: 900 Mhz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X Compatible Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 5.2
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: Windows 7 or 10
    • Processor: 1.2 GHZ
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X Compatible Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 5.2
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: Linux kernel 2.6.18 or later
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated GPUs after 2008
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
    • Sound Card: ALSA or PulseAudio
    • OS: Linux kernel 3.2.0 or later
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated GPUs after 2012 or better
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: ALSA or PulseAudio
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
I must say that I really enjoyed this game. Being raised on old King's Quest games, this is right up my alley. It's a fairy tale where you don't solve problems by fighting people, but by being kind and asking questions. And you get a lute and have to learn songs to play which reminds me of another favourite game Loom! The only drawback is that the game is very short. On my initial playthrough I only missed one achievement.

On the other hand I look forward to the sequel...
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
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Infamous Quest liked the Kinq's Quest games and didn't own the license. They looked around the room at each other and said, "Let's just make a King's Quest game but call it something else." They all nodded in agreement and set out to make a nostalgic video game that older gamers would appreciate.

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Order of the Thorne: The King’s Challenge is the first episode in a series. It follows a Bard named Finn who wants to create the ultimate adventurer ballad. He sees the opportunity to create this song by taking part in The King’s Challenge to find the missing Queen of the realm.


The dialogue in Order of the Thorne is very much in the classic style of games like King’s Quest. Everyone is polite, honorable, and happy go lucky in the way that only fantasy characters can be. Needless to say, the game takes its world very seriously during dialogue but is not without its comedy as well. It does get a bit long-winded in places but it remains nostalgic of the genre.

That being said it doesn’t have a deep conversation system and most characters are fairly one dimensional. There will be a few places where you’ll just want to skip through the dialogue to get back to the adventure.

The voiceover in-game is for lack of better words is “standard” for the genre. No one particularly stands out as believable denizens of this fantasy world. It definitely gets the job done with the eclectic cast of characters. There are far too many pleasant townies, but it does help showcase the more interesting characters like Esmerelda the Spider-Lady and Skelton the Dwarf.


I make more comparisons to King’s Quest as this game immediately begins with a contest to find the King’s wife. It’s as straight-forward as it sounds and it propels the player to stumble through Crann Naoimh and get into all sorts of shenanigans. Mainly, it’s everything you’d expect from a King’s Quest title and that seems to be the point.


Your standard point and click gameplay for an adventure title. Nothing really stands out as an advancement, beyond the Simon says style guitar playing. Finn will discover a person or object that requires an item he has discovered while wandering the land. He can combine items and use them to solve problems or complete quests only to collect more items and repeat. Fortunately, this game has a clear goal when it comes to puzzles and doesn’t allow us to wander around confused about all these items in our pants.


Nothing really stands out in the music department other than the fact that it can get a bit loud despite being on the lowest setting.


I feel like I’m making a lot of mentions of King’s Quest, but that’s exactly the nostalgic look that this title is trying to hit. Sierra would be proud to see that their visual style have been properly replicated. While it’s not exactly the most detailed of titles, it does paint a unique world filled with slick character portraits, beautiful backgrounds, and old-school pixel animation..


Combining all the things I’ve played in this game, It’s very obvious that this title is targeting the earliest fans of the genre.. It really makes no advances to the adventure formula, and generally doesn’t take much from modern adventure titles. This is a great game for those people that saw the newest King’s Quest and harrumph’d at the lack of 2D pixels. Order of the Thorne: The King’s Challenge is definitely worth a look for adventure seekers. I’d personally catch it on sale myself, but if you’re looking for a true old-school adventure title… dive right in.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Having played the alpha and beta versions of the game, I've been looking forward to reviewing the game now that it is finally out. As per my reviews of games I have backed, I was in on the Kickstarter for the game so if that is too biased for you, you might be happier elsewhere!

The King's Challenge is a good old fashioned adventure game where you wander over a nice large map, meeting folks, collecting a rather odd assortment of goods, and then helping others help you in your goal. You play as Finn the Bard, the son of a well known bard. You aspire to be like your father and you enter the King's Challenge to help inspire you to create a great ballad. Unlike many games, you don't have a sword, dagger or even bad breath to take on your challengers; you have a lute. You learn to play songs on the lute that help you progress through the game. A nice nod to Loom but many of the Sierra adventures get nice little nods as well. Finn is a fun character, young, ambitious and willing to learn, he survives by his wits, not his brawn.

Like their title, Quest for Infamy, The King's Challenge offers a variety of places to visit, multiple characters to interact with, lovely backgrounds and sprite work, and fine music and dialogue. Unlike QFI, the King's Challenge is a G rated game and is a game that the younger set can enjoy too.

I would describe the puzzles as "medium" in difficulty; there are plenty of clues and the more you chat with others in the game, the easier the puzzles become. The objectives are clear and quite logical and help often comes from where you would expect it to come.

The game also sets up the universe for future titles. You meet several characters who knew your father and thus you learn about the Order of the Thorne and yourself as the game goes on. The game comes to a nice conclusion but clearly sets the stage for further chapters. I, for one, am looking forward to the further adventures.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
This is the first installment of the in-development Order of the Thorne anthology series by Quest for Infamy developer Infamous Quests. The game takes place in the Faerie Realm where the King has proposed a challenge: If anyone can find his Queen, who has hidden somewhere in their kingdom, he will grant them one wish. And so Finn the Bard takes up the challenge out of a selfless wish to help every musician far and wide.

The King's Challenge is a traditional adventure game which reminded me quite a bit of the early King's Quest games and Loom. Take my comparison to King's Quest with a pinch of salt though, as I only played a bit of the original first game at a friend's house many years ago, and the AGD Interactive remakes of the first two games are to this day the only games of the franchise I have ever completed. The reason why I also compare this game to Loom is that you get to play songs on a lute, which will sometimes have effects that are required to solve puzzles, like putting people in a certain mood.

Choosing a song on the lute will display a sequence of notes that you will then have to repeat in the correct order for the song to be played. If that sounds tedious or difficult though, you can switch between hard and and easy mode at any point in the game. The easy mode will just play the song at the press of a button, freeing up your hands to do something else in the meantime.

Most puzzles in the game are of the conventional variety though, and even though none of them are particularly hard to figure out, I found them enjoyable and they all fit well in with the theme and setting of the game. This game uses a two-button control scheme, with left-click for interaction and right-click to examine things. There are no dialogue puzzles, but you have to talk to a rich cast of characters to acquire information that you need to get through the game.

One thing I greatly appreciated about this game is that there are a lot of scenes stretching out from the huge tree housing the Royal Court, which gave me a sense of exploring a vast kingdom. But even though there is a big area to cover in search of the Queen, the scenes are connected in such a way that it never takes you long to get back to the massive tree in the middle. I also never found myself "pixel hunting" in any of the scenes, since objects of interest either stand out in their placement or are signposted through dialogue or cutscenes.

The story is well written and concise, with several nods to fairy tales and classic adventure games. There wasn't anything in the writing that really stood out to me, but I appreciate a game that delivers its story efficiently and with respect for the player's time, and this game certainly does that. There are few things I find more annoying in a game than clicking on a hot-spot for the second or third time and be forced through the same long-winded speech again, so I value it all the more when a game gives you just enough information on repeat delivery of dialogue to nudge you along in the plot and puzzle solving.

Like Infamous Quest's previous game, this one also uses the now open-source AGS engine. This means that the Linux version also has many of the limitations and issues of other games using the engine, and I've been unable to Alt+Tab out of the game or switch virtual desktops. Features like the Steam overlay and screen capture do not work, and achievements only occasionally unlock at the moment. You can launch a graphical settings panel that I don't think I've seen in any previous AGS games on Linux, which saves you the trouble of having to manually edit the acsetup.cfg file if you want to put the game in windowed mode or change graphics filters.

Overall, I greatly enjoyed The King's Challenge, and I wished I could have continued playing when it was over after three hours of play. The ending and post-credits scene allude to things to come in the next installment, Fortress of Fire, which I can now almost not wait to experience.

NOTE: This review was originally posted on GamingOnLinux.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
I really enjoyed this game. If you like the older style of the Sierra/Lucas Arts Games you will feel right at home here with the hand painted backgrounds and great music. The Puzzles made sense and ranged in difficulty, none of them being punishingly hard. There also are not any dead end puzzles or deaths. So, if you enjoy a good adventure game that will take you back in time a couple decades to the "Golden Years" of the genre give The Order of the Thorne - The Kings Challenge a try. There is also a demo you can take for a test spin before purchasing the game. Thank you very much for the great game Infamous Quests team and I am looking forward to the next two games you have already announced and have in the works.
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
You get to play around with a lute!

Seriously speaking though, from what I've seen so far, this game is VERY solid. Unlike Quest for Infamy (Infamous Quests' previous game), this game takes the traditional fairytale path that reminds you of games like King's Quest (the original) and yes as mentioned above, one really cool feature is the lute. You can play it manually or automatically, but manually is definitely the go-to choice for all the s**** and giggles.

As I progress through the game (or when I finish the game), I'll try to update this review accordingly.

In the meanwhile, if you're still thinking whether to buy this game or not, check out my Let's Play of it down below. :P
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
It's a bit of a time capsule back to some of the Sierrra games meant for kids. If that sounds like your cup of tea, your money will be well spent! If you have no idea what that means, be more wary. (Just be sure you know what you're buying!)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
I want to point out that over the years I’ve gotten to know Steven Alexander and pretty much everyone at Infamous Quests pretty well and they’re always willing to listen and talk to their fans, going so far as to take any feedback to heart and improve upon each game that they release. And this one is no different. So far they’ve delivered on the promise of a fun retro style adventure game set in a beautiful pixelated world with well crafted puzzles and an engaging storyline. While still a bit on the short side, especially for those used to playing games of this type, The King’s Challenge is a polished game and perfectly sets the stage for the next installment.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
This is one of those games that takes on 'King's Quest' or 'Quest for Glory' mostly in style, than in gameplay.
There's only 2 buttons (interact and look) making it more of a point and click adventure.

This is done very well though. The premise of the game is interesting, the plot is rather engaging, but really slow in its buildup. The atmosphere is nice, the music is decent and the quirk of the game is playing a lute.

I personally thought it'd be more like Quest of Infamy and got rather disapointed at first. It's completely different from this game in nearly every aspect. There's no dry humour or well thought out slapstick humour... It's really more of an innocent point and click adventure, with some quirky moments.

The story is about a bard that wants to do good in the world, while being on a quest to find the queen for a contest. It's simple enough at first, then the story slowly starts to unravel. Like in most point and clicks, there are small objectives to be done to achieve your goal. Aside from one instance, the items you need to progress are, in a way, obtainable through these side quest so it's pretty hard to get off the beaten track.
However, for this one instance... It wasn't obvious. The item I needed was nearly 1 pixel, surrounded by a whole mass of pixels. Even with the walkthrough, I had trouble finding it. It also didn't help that the narrator said 'you don't need anything from here' while there clearly was something I needed from that section.

The game is short though, which is pretty much of a let down. As per standard, it's going to be episodic and who knows when the next chapter will arrive.

Despite that, I... Would recommend this game if people are into point and clicks that aren't too hard, but not too easy. I wouldn't recommend it for people that'd get a kick out of complicated games, or people that hate shorter games. I would also like to advice people that love the old King's Quest or Quest for Glory series... This is nothing like it.
The asthetic is the same, but beyond that, it's a point and click adventure.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Worth way more than the measly 10 bucks they are asking you.

I am a huge fan of point and click games and I must say I cannot wait for the next one of this saga.
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3.4 hrs
Posted: October 22
A huge dissapointment from the company that brought us Quest for Infamy. I'm not sure how the quality of absolutely every aspect of this game managed to drop from QfI like a lead balloon. Tragic.
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7.1 hrs
Posted: October 4
it's a fun blast from the past, similar to games like "quest for glory" from the late 80s, early 90s that many of us grew up on, with a few modern embellishments that were very nicely done. i recommend it if you get it on sale for $4.99 or less as it is a very brief game, 7-10 hours at most with little replay value as the same tasks will have to be done. but the music is fantastick and the voice acting pretty good. the art style verrry niiice! i had a good yet all-too-brief time with it. looking forward to getting the sequel, also on sale if possible.
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3.4 hrs
Posted: August 17
It's a nice game, the visuals are great (if you like pixelstyle) the music is alright and the voiceacting is quite good. The game mechanics are solid and exept for problems from the steam overlay I couldn't find a single bug. I especially liked the bardsongs (though there could be a slight improvement so that you wouldn't have to "listen" to the song everytime before playing it but just play it and the game recognizes it) as they gave the game a very nice extra much like in loom for example. I also enjoyed the easter eggs throughout the game. The story-quality overall is hard to tell as this game only serves as an introduction but that part is good so far, but herein lies maybe the games biggest flaw it took me about three hours to finish (had some idling and such) and I got all achievements (I guess you automatically get them all?) so it's pretty short (well it's just 10 bucks so that's alright with me).

Overall I'd say 4/5 and a definitive recommendation.
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14.6 hrs
Posted: August 17
Ever wanted to go back in time and play the old Sierra games ?
Having the pixel hunt itch ?
A fairy tale adventure your kids might like too ?

Well, your wait is over.
Order of the Thorne - The King's Challenge is exactly all that.

Quirky characters, good puzzles, bright colors and good music.
A spiritual successor to the early King's Quest series.

Help the bard find the queen in the King's Challenge.
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5.3 hrs
Posted: August 15
Nice storyline and developed in a old school adventure game (search, point and click). There are several screens to wander through, however the amount of area's to explore might have been increased. Some puzzles can be difficult (but not undoable) to solve.

Althrough nice. Graphics was pixelated and game did not work in full screen (monitor could not handle the resolution). However it did work fine in windowed mode.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: August 14
It's a bummer that this game is so short - for it reminds one a lot of old Sierra Titles and even has some easteregg, well hidden, to remain the player of the old era. People who like Adventures will like this too. And be disappointed that there isn't more...
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Emily the Strange
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 11
9/10 I had a blast playing this game. It hearkens back to the fantasy quests of twenty years ago while still being fun and relevant, and the graphics are a fun step back into the 90's as well. Everything goes together perfectly, and nothing is confusing or pointless. It's an all around great game. I only wish it were longer.

Because it doesn't have a rating, I try to give you a rating as close to the ESRB content rating as possible.
E10: Mild Violence and Some Suggestive Content
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3.0 hrs
Posted: August 9
The Order of the Thorne - The King's Challenge is the second game from developing/publishing company Infamous Quests; it is in fact their newest release, at the time of writing (August 2016). Their first game, titled Quest for Infamy, was released in 2014 and currently has a sequel in the works. While The Order of the Thorne - The King's Challenge has an entirely different story and characters, it still retains many of the attributes that make the games from Infamous Quests stand out in a crowd.

You are a bard named Finn, who has just recently journeyed into the land of Uir. This magical realm is home to many faeries, pixies, gnomes, elves, and trolls, among other fantasy creatures and races. Finn wishes to be as great of a bard as his late father, and he seeks to write out an amazing ballad. He visits King Quilhairn of the Faerie Kingdom, and chooses to take on The King's Challenge; a quest where he must find the King's wife, and bring her back safely. There are other contestants who have come from far and wide to also participate in the event.

Although finding the Queen is the primary goal of this title, it's also the least involved. You will solve many other side puzzles before you reach the end, a well as witness many events and get to know the opposing challengers more. During your time with The Order of the Thorne - The King's Challenge, you will find that you can neither fail a quest or die, it even states so at the beginning of the game. As such, the only true complexity that one will encounter is knowing where to go to trigger events, such as meeting the gnome or finding the seer, and figuring out how to solve them.

The game is a wonderful throwback to old-school point and click adventures, more so in the realm of Loom, The Bard's Tale, and King's Quest; albeit not as convoluted in gameplay or problem solving. There are only two buttons that you'll need to play the game, which are the left and right mouse buttons; left click will cause you to walk to, and interact with, any given place and object while right click will examine the object and instantly move you to the area you've clicked to walk to. There's also a small mechanic for the lute that Finn carries with him, and if you set "lute mode" to hard you can play along with the songs that he learns along the way; if you leave it on easy, the game will do the work for you.

Graphically, the game is retro-beautiful. It really does look like it was plucked right out of the early 1990's and re-released on Steam. The pixel art is verdant, plush, and lusciously detailed, everything from the character sprites to the amazing landscapes and portraits are a pleasure to look at time and time again. There are over 30 scenes, and easily more than 10 character portraits and sprites to enjoy. Even though there is no fighting, dying, points of no return, and essentially little challenge, The Order of the Thorne - The King's Challenge really excels when it comes to adventuring between scenes and interacting, both examining and touching, every object that is clickable. The reason for that being primarily that the game is filled with whimsical, sarcastic dialogue that is fully voice acted, whether it be the narrator or the different voices for each role.

Sadly, this title is a very short experience. I fully explored every area by clicking on every object twice, and I talked to every NPC while listening to their dialogue (instead of quick reading and skipping through it), and my playtime only amounted to roughly three hours. For the price of $10.99 CAD, even though the graphics and audio are both masterfully crafted in a retro brilliance, is far too much for a game of this short duration. However, I happened to grab this one on sale for $3.29 CAD, which I find to be an honorable price for the enjoyment that I had while playing the game.

The only real downfall that people may find with The Order of the Thorne - The King's Challenge, is that the game is actually episodic; something that is not announced on the store page at all. Even though you get a "full" game here, the ending is left wide open with a teaser scene from the next game, so there is obviously a next chapter planned; although it looks as if there will be a different protagonist. At this time, Infamous Quests are not working on the follow-up, but instead focusing their efforts on the next installment in the Quest for Infamy series. If you don't mind going on with the knowledge that there could potentially never be a follow-up to The King's Challenge, then I highly recommend this game to any fan of older point and click adventures.

Rating: 4.0/5.0 - Excellent, highly worth playing.
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9.9 hrs
Posted: July 16
An excellent retro adventure game. The only downside I can think of is that you have to do a lot of traveling. A fast travel option would have been nice when you quickly want to try something out.

This game is (probably) the first game in a series about the Order of the Thorne. You play as Finn the Bard who tries to win in the king's challenge. He must travel through the faery kingdom to solve problems, gather items and finally find the queen (which is the main objective). Traveling through the lands is wonderful. The scenery is really well done and the pixel style is just beautiful. The voice acting is of good quality and a good variety of characters provide a nice setting for the game's world.

The puzzles are good. A few times you have to pay attention to not miss small objects in the scene. So be observant. You cannot die in this game, so take your time and enjoy the scenery.
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5.7 hrs
Posted: May 23
It's a cute little game, but getting through the game is just too easy. The game is also really short, I finished it in less than 6 hrs. The world is pretty and some of the music is gorgeous (especially at the boat to the isle of the honored) and the fact that you can learn new songs and play them is really creative and fun, but this game just missed so much. It was disappointing that your character can't even die (in funny ways). In comparison, Quest for Infamy is awesome and has so much more to it.
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