King Graham and Queen Valanice were glad to have their children back. Graham thinks that it is time to pass onto them his old adventurers' hat. When he throws it across the room, he suffers a heart attack and collapses on the floor, and he is carried off to bed. The only way that Graham's health can be restored is by retrieving the magic fruit in the faraway land of Tamir. A beautiful fairy called Genesta offers Rosella the chance to be transported to the land, and find the fruit. But once she gets transported, she cannot be sent back unless she helps the fairy regain her talisman that was stolen by the evil witch, Lolotte.
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella is the first game in the series to have a female as a lead character. As Rosella, you will meet characters that will either help or hinder you. You move Rosella around with arrow keys, and perform actions by typing commands.
Unlike the previous King's Quest games, which used the AGI engine, KQ IV uses the new SCI engine; the most visible effect is that the game is paused while you're typing, giving you time to give even the longest commands.
King Graham is getting too old for adventuring, and his health is failing him. Thinking about his condition, he decides to let the adventure hat pass down to his children Rosella and Alexander. As he tosses the hat toward them, his heart gives in to the stress ... and only luck enables him to survive the heart attack, but Father Death is coming closer every second. Princess Rosella cannot bear to see her father suffer, and with the help of the magic mirror and a fairy queen called Genesta, she sets out on a quest to find a fruit with the power to save her father's life. And so the fourth King's Quest begins.
In KQ4 we are once again back in Daventry with our beloved hero King Graham and his royal family. This time it is his daughter who will do the travelling. The game is filled with plots and twists from almost any fairytale you can possibly think of. Remembering these stories is a must in order to complete the game, as you will have to act according to them.
The graphics have taken a big step forward from KQ3, signaling that Sierra is still working on better graphical solutions. KQ4 was also the first game in the series to incorporate mouse control, but it is used only for movement. The game is fun to play and is filled with details for you to enjoy. So do just that. Enjoy.
Part of the King's Quest Series
The King's Quest series is probably one of the most famous lines of adventure games. King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella was released in the late eighties. Not only is the series in the forefront of adventure gaming, but this installment was one of the first adventure games ever to feature a female protagonist. King's Quest IV was developed and published by Sierra On-Line. It plays in the third person, two-dimensional perspective, and features medieval themes.
The story of King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella features Rosella, the princess daughter of King Graham and Queen Valanice. All of the perils Rosella will face will transpire over a twenty-four hour period, making this the only real timed version of the King's Quest games. Since the game is over a full day, some of the puzzles the user will complete will have to be done in daylight, and others will have to be completed at night. The timing of the game is of the essence, since King Graham has suffered a heart attack. With the assistance of the good fairy Genesta, Rosella is transported to the magical land of Tamir in order to find the fabled fruit that will save her father's life.
Unfortunately, Genesta has problems of her own. The evil fairy Lolotte has taken the magical talisman that supplies Genesta with her powers. If Princess Rosella cannot find the fruit, her father will die. If she cannot recover Genesta's magical talisman, Genesta will be powerless and will die, and Princess Rosella will not be able to return to Daventry to save her father. Princess Rosella has no choice but to go to work for the evil fairy, performing three tasks in exchange for the opportunity to recover the talisman. It is possible to recover the talisman, but not find the fruit. Then Princess Rosella can save herself, but not her father. This leads to some degree of nonlinear plot, since there are alternate endings depending on the user's actions.
Kings Quest IV stands as a very standard point and click adventure game with some offbeat puzzles and activities. Mostly, the puzzles are logical and the user usually has a pretty good idea of what inventory will be required to solve the puzzles and advance the plot. The crucial difference between KQ4 and the others in this series is the pressure of having a time limit, nicely disguised as the need to save Graham. While the graphics show the date of this game, it still holds admirable merit as a true adventure classic.
In this KQ you play for once a girl? A girl??? Yep, you play Rosella, daugher of King Graham. Your father has collapsed by a magical desease and you go on a quest to help your father. This sequel-sequel-sequel game can finally be played with the mouse. And has stunning sounds and stuff. Graphics are pretty good for those days.
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