This remake of the classic Sierra AGI game King's Quest 3 came as quite a shock to me. I'd been aware of the 1 and 2 remakes by AGD Interactive (formerly Tierra Entertainment), but this was a pleasant surprise. 3 was probably my favourite in the series (and the most notoriously difficult for me) so I downloaded it as fast as I could.
For those of you who never played the original (or as a reminder to those who can't remember) King's Quest 3 is the story of a young man named Gwydion who is a slave to a powerful wizard named Manannan. One day, Gwydion has had enough of his life of servitude and decides to escape and discover his true identity. The game has an upgraded storyline along with an ACTUAL introduction, unlike the original, explaining how Gwydion came to be in Manannan's service. This part of the storyline was originally in the manual. It also has an awesome soundtrack and an additional voicepack which is available as a seperate download, featuring Josh Mandel as King Graham.
The graphics are at least as good as Sierra's, some screens looking like they were painted by hand. The portrait boxes during the dialogue are truly amazing.
The spell system is greatly improved. It even adds a little joke about the incantations from the original game. I remember typing them in, one sentence at a time and even ONE little spelling error causes the spell to fail and Gwydion to die. Thankfully, that has all been replaced with a system where you select the "Cast" icon and click it on the spell. You can still fail the spells, though, if you have not got all the right ingredients for them. This results in a humorous (but fatal) animation.
There are still some of those nasty narrow cliffs in the game, so watch your step. I never managed to get all of the points, but I'm sure there is a way. I did encounter a few bugs in the game, such as I couldn't get mugged no matter where I went in the world and I had to resort to teleportation to get away from the thing in the mountains, but that could just have been an error on my copy of the game.
King's Quest 3 was made using Adventure Game Studio by Chris Jones, the same engine used to create the KQ1/2 remakes. It was made by Infamous Adventures.
Review by: Allen