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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February 1

Some Bugfixes

I've managed to fix some minor bugfixes that people have reported (for which I thank you!) - the big one involves the "Drops of Juniper" steam achievement, which should work properly in all ways now.

Thanks to everyone who has played, had fun, commented and helped improve the game experience. I really love the community of adventure game players who play not only our games, but many others as well. Thanks again for being excellent.


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January 19

The Order of the Thorne is coming!

In a week, The Order of the Thorne - The King's Challenge will arrive! Check out our blog for more information before release!

http://www.infamous-quests.com/home/blog/

Thanks to all who have supported us!


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About This Game

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

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Positive (35 reviews)
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mararie
( 5.7 hrs on record )
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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Jimmy James
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
It's ok.

It's pretty easy and lacks a lot of what makes games of this type memorable - humour or a compelling story. The voice acting is ok, aside from the narrator, but suffers from the same issues as Quest for Infamy, which is poor audio quality that really clashes with the quality of the graphical art which is outstanding. At least the lip smacking is gone but some of it sounds like it was recorded on a $10 microphone while other sound clips are crystal clear. All of that would be minor if the story were excellent.

I hope the next installment is better, but the ending of the first one didn't leave me terribly excited for it.
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Deadman Wonderland
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
It's no Quest for Infamy but it's alright.
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MadDog
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
Now, when I say I recommend this game, note the caveat:

I recommend this game ON SALE. It's very much like King's Quest. You wander around, pick up items, talk with people, gather info and clues, and figure out how to progress.

So it's fun. But if you're a deft player, you can be done in 2 or 3 hours. Is that time fun? For the most part. But given the total content, once you're done, you're going to evaluate whether the money you spent was worth it.

Even $10 is too much for 2 hours of fun and limited replay value. I got it for 6, and 6 I can handle.

To the developers themselves, it's not a bad effort. But I'm hoping a future chapter will have more content. I think in total I dealt with about 10 characters and 20 items. You can do better still and really make it worth the price.
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kris.saether
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
If this game were a book, I would categorize it as unputdownable... I couldn't stop playing. Lovely story, characters, artwork, and gameplay. It's a true modern classic and it almost hurts that it is still relatively obscure among adventure game players, much like its predecessor Quest For Infamy. More than worth the money, even when not on sale. Totally fair puzzles throughout, but not in a way that eschews a challenge, as long as you think a little. Go buy it to show your support for such talented game makers, I have no doubt that any sequel, or other game in this vein they try to make, would be easily greenlit.
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Chubby Little Yellow Dude
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Want to know something?
I really don't like point and click games.
I love this game.
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MoonStrikeLilly
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
I actually won this game in a contest. While it did take me a bit to play it because of real life stuff, it is an awesome little game. I loved all the characters and the setting. It is very retro pc game - think King's Quest or original Gabriel Knight. This game is a gem and packed full of charm, and I'd recommened it to anyone who loves these types of adventures.
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Denis
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
The Order of the Thorne: The King's challenge is a fun traditional adventure game. With it's beautiful art, a freely explorable world and a charming fairy tale setting, it evokes the spirit of the King's Quest games. The game is a lot more playable than those classics though. There are no deaths or dead-ends, and the puzzles are all fair and logical. The music puzzles are a nice touch and not too difficult.
I love exploration in adventure games, and this game really delivers in this regard, with many interesting places to visit and characters to talk to. Almost the whole map is accessible from the beginning, giving you a very non-linear feeling. It quickly gets more linear as the player gets a clearer picture of what he must do and in which order the puzzles have to be solved. Still it never feels forced.
The story is also very reminiscent of King's Quest, and that is probably the only real weakness, because it is as simple and straightforward as it possibly gets. The intro explains the quest, then you go out, explore, chat and solve puzzles in order to fulfil your quest. Dialogues and and a few books give you an insight into the backstory, but as far as the main quest goes, there's not much else. The story does get a lot more interesting later, but this is also when the game ends. Though with this exposition, I have high hopes for the sequels.

In short, this is a beautiful and calm introduction to the series that leaves you wanting for more. It's well worth the price, and if the planned sequels deliver a little more in terms of story and character depth, the whole series could become a masterpiece.
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Zap Shakur
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
A fun first chapter of an adventure series in the vein of King's Quest and Loom. While some of the puzzles aren't too taxing, the game itself was very enjoyable for the story.
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jamie b
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 23
Great little adventure game that reminds me of the old glory days of Sierra adventure games. My only complaint is that I just wish this game was longer! I can't wait for the sequel to this and Quest for Infamy by the same company!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Video Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raUGjB2JUhQ

No Nonsense Review
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.

One Hour Gameplay Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqTE_aLj78I

Full Review

Overview

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.

Dialogue

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.

Story

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.

Gameplay

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.

Music

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.

Graphics

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..

Conclusion

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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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBEf1c1SWgs
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
In almost every way that matters, this game is a thoroughly charming, and extremely well executed point and click adventure game that could easily play ball with the old school Sierra/Lucas Arts franchises.

The art is clearly inspired by the era, and is masterfully done. My limited review here wouldn't do it justice, but it really was very well done.

The play style functions intuitively for the novice and will be very familiar to fans of the genre. (Save save save!).

The story was fun. It was certainly characteristic of the genre, perhaps even a little canned, but I truly didn't mind. I would have preferred it it to be a bit longer though.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it is clear that the design team thoroughly tested the game, which I found to be completely free of any bug that would crash the game. The team took the testing a step further and made sure that there were no logical dead-ends either. I'm sure there's an official name for it, but basically where you advance to a point in the plot without obtaining something, and then can't proceed without reverting back to an earlier save/start. (KQ5 and the cat chasing the mouse still makes me grind my teeth.)

I am thrilled that the point-and-click adventure game market seems to be picking back up after what seems like an eternity. I really thought I'd seen the last of this sort of game until just a few years ago. If you're a fan, there's a whole community of sites out there devoted to this type of game. Just like any other genre it is not without its fluff or repetition.

This game isn't fluff, and I enjoyed it beginning to end. If you're a fan of the genre you will like this game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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