Thanks for the welcome! Actually, I'm from the US. I moved to Sydney, Australia a few years ago. Sorry for any confusion!Tawmis wrote: And welcome to the US!
I quite agree. I've replayed it frequently and never tire of it. I love the characters, the environments, the music, the voice acting...absolutely everything. It's truly a remarkable creation. Mask of Eternity, on the other hand, has never done much for me, either.Tawmis wrote: I am one of the folks that's never understood those who disliked KQVII. Yes, it was much "easier" and less "exploring" that the previous games; but it was essentially an interactive cartoon that was utterly amazing to behold and be able to control the characters! It was done absolutely beautifully - especially for it's time.
Now... if we talk Mask of the Betrayer (which I refuse to call a part of the King's Quest franchise, despite taking place in Daventry) - then I'd have some negative things to say!
Haha! Yeah, those were fun times. I credit that game for instilling me with a love of murder mysteries at a young age. Needless to say I was thrilled to discover The Colonel's Bequest a few years later (after I was old enough to type).Tawmis wrote: Ah yes, youth, ... when you got excited about finding dead bodies.
Oh yes, I've played many of those! I just touched upon my introduction to Sierra in my previous post. I love all the King's Quests...only one I haven't played is the third. Well, that and the original AGI edition of the first game. I'm sorry to say that I struggle a bit with AGI; I have hard time getting into it. EGA I'm fine with, though. King's Quest II is the only AGI game I've played in its entirety. I do intend to give the engine a chance someday, however.Tawmis wrote: SQ3 is my favorite, followed closely by SQ4.
You mentioned playing KQVII - but have you played I-VI also?
Or Leisure Suit Larry (only I-III, and V-VI... don't worry about finding IV)
Or Police Quest (I, II and III), or Quest for Glory I-V, or Gabriel Knight I-III...
There's more - but that's the core.
I love Quest for Glory as well. LSL and Police Quest I haven't really tried yet, but I bought all of them on GOG when they had a sale a while back. Now that I'm on a kick, I hope to give them a go soon.
Last time I played Kyrandia was a month or so ago. That's one of my all-time favorites, so I tend to replay it a lot. On average, at least twice a year...sometimes more. I revisit the second one (The Hand of Fate) a lot, too. Malcolm's Revenge I play on occasion, but not as much as I used to. I enjoyed that game more as a kid than I do now. It's got a lot of things I find enjoyable, but it's too different in tone and style to really fit in with the series. It feels more like a parody of the first two games than a direct sequel, let alone the conclusion of a trilogy.Tawmis wrote: Curious - when was the last time you played Legend of Kyrandia? Because I recently replayed it (remember loving it as a kid) - and how I made it through that game (puzzles are insane), I will never know. I am currently (on hiatus) but playing Legend of Kyrandia II, as well as King's Quest IV and Les Manly 1 (and Dragonsphere) - for old school games (and then somehow trying to play an assortment of new games all at the same time... I need to clone myself!)
For the first one, it's not so much the game design as the environment that sucks me in: the art and music. It's very soothing and comforting for me. I fully admit some of the design weaknesses it has, but I've played it so many times now I've got everything long committed to memory, so it doesn't bug me anymore. I've even got the fireberry maze memorized, if you can imagine!
I've so enjoyed browsing all this site has to offer, along with the SCI programming wikis. I've still a lot to learn but it's fascinating just reading about how it all works.Tawmis wrote: Best community is right here for Sierra. Collector can provide you all kinds of information about the game structure, I'm sure.