When it comes to creating a new entry in a game franchise that has been dormant for over fifteen years, there will always be a danger that the source material is thrown out of the window and replaced with something that is entirely different. This was one of my concerns when I heard that King’s Quest, the point and click adventure series from Sierra, would be making a comeback under the reigns of a new development studio. Now that A Knight to Remember, the first episode of the five-part series has arrived, the question remains, have The Odd Gentlemen created an adventure fit for a king, or an expedition fit for a fool?
The first episode of the new King’s Quest is divided into two separate parts, and judging by how many episodic games are structured, this will stay true for the rest of the season. One of these is merely a framing device, in which an elderly King Graham is recalling stories of his life to his granddaughter Gwendolyn. The other is the bread and butter of the adventure, as you control a younger Graham throughout the story that his future self is currently narrating. For his first story, Graham recalls how he was inducted as a knight of Daventry, and how he interacted with the friends and enemies he made along the way.