King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder is an adventure game, and the first from Sierra to use a point-and-click mouse interface. Rather than typing commands on a keyboard to interact with the game world and use the arrow keys to walk around, King's Quest V instead simplifies all actions down to base commands. To access the different cursors, the player can move the mouse to the top of the screen, revealing a hidden menu with each of the different actions, as well as game options and the inventory bag. By clicking the "Walk" cursor on the screen, Graham will walk as close as he can to the appropriate area. Clicking the "Eye" cursor on items will provide a description, the same as typing "Look at". The "Hand" cursor is a multipurpose cursor that can be used to push, pull, interact with and pick up objects. The "Head" cursor is used to talk to people (and in the strange world of King's Quest, often objects and animals, too). Players can also right-click to cycle through the different available cursors. Inventory that Graham picks up now gets placed into a bag. By clicking on the bag, this opens up a sub-window that displays all the inventory that Graham currently has. In here, players can look at or interact with objects, combine them with other objects, or pick them up to use them in the game environment as another cursor.
While it was a beautiful sunny day, King Graham decided to go out for a walk in the woods and hope that everything is normal when he got back. However, while he was gone, an evil wizard called Mordack uses a spell to warp his castle out of Daventry, along with the royal family. Soon after, Graham came back, only to realize that the castle is gone. After he wonders why, an owl called Cedric speaks to him about it and transports him to the land of Serenia, where his boss Crispin helps him get ready to face up to Mordack. Cedric is asked to go with him to make sure that Graham does not get in trouble.
Thanks to Rosella, King Graham is strong and healthy once again, and can go back to doing what he loves most - going for walks. While he is out one splendid summer day, an evil sorcerer named Mordack appears and transports Castle Daventry (with the rest of the royal family) to a faraway place. Graham must once again quest for the good of his country, but this time he is not alone. He gets help from the good wizard Crispin and his talking owl Cedric. The latter even travels alongside Graham throughout the game (although he will not put himself in danger).
As for the improvements in the game, they are mind-boggling! Words cannot even begin to describe the difference in gameplay from KQ4! Just look at the screenshots taken from both games, and you will already see why the game scores 5 points! The music has also been improved, and for the first time in any of the KQ series, the mouse controls everything! You can easily switch among commands with a click of the right mouse button. You must play this game in order to believe the magnificent difference between this one and the previously released titles.
There should not be any reason to say anything else. Take a look at the screenshots, download it, and play it again and again and again!
Part of the King's Quest Series
In King's Quest 5 we have the return of King Graham on the spotlight as a much older man. After rescuing his wife-to-be in King's Quest 2, King Graham didn't have any more adventures. Instead his children were the main characters of King's Quest 3 and 4. As King's Quest 5 opens, Graham is taking a walk alone. When he returns, he finds his castle missing. There he meets a strange talking owl, named Cedrick, which tells him that his castle and family have been abducted by a wizard named Mordack. The owl and Graham, using a magic dust given by Cedrick's owner, fly to a far-away land in pursuit of this wizard.
As King's Quest 1 was the first animated graphic adventure, King's Quest 5 is the first 256-color adventure and the first adventure by Sierra using a new UI consisting of icons (walk, see, use etc) that later became common to all the classic adventure games by Sierra. The interface is very simple. You click on an action-icon from an icon-bar that appears on top of the screen when you move your mouse there (or your right click through the actions). It's a typical adventure game, but one, which excels in beautiful background art, and interesting locations. Indeed you will travel through forests (dark and light alike), a desert, a cold mountain and by the sea to find Graham's family. This game was voted the adventure game of the year (1990) by some groups and was also the first Sierra adventure to have a CD-ROM version, where speech was included.
This is a classic adventure game that pioneered the adventure game genre, much like its ancestor King's Quest 1. No more 16-color artwork and text parsers. Here Sierra follows LucasArts in making a fully point-and-click adventure game, but using the concept of icons instead of text-verbs. As a King's Quest game, it's the last game of the series featuring King Graham as the main character and provides the foundation for the better King's Quest 6.
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