The original King's Quest was released in 1984 by Sierra Entertainment and support only CGA graphics. By using some technique, player can enjoy 16 color CGA graphics with some analogue TV. The drawback is if we're using normal monitor, the resolution is extremely low and ugly. The upgraded version with real 320x200 graphics was released in 1990. I first played King's Quest in 1987 when I was only 8 years old. It is the first adventure game that I play.
The story of King's Quest attract my attention easily. Our mission is to search 3 treasure and to become the king of Daventry. It might sound funny for today, but it is indeed quite attracting and there are no other adventure games in that time.
You see, the concept of point-and-click is not yet exist in 1984. So the way we play the original King's Quest is by using arrow key to control our character and do action by typing. Yes, typing. If your English is not up to the standard, you can forget about playing it.
As there is no point-and-click system, the game seems to be extremely difficult to play. For example, if we want to pick up something, we need to actually type "PICK UP STONE" and press enter to do the action.
And the worst part of Sierra's adventure games are, the hero will easily die! See, if you accidently walk into the river, you die. If you accidently fall into some pit, you die. Therefore, beside requires good command in language, you also need to be very careful to prevent death.
King's Quest world is pretty small, but requires lot of time to be completed. When I first play it with my brother and cousin, we spend almost one week to complete it. There is one part in the game that require us to walk through a dangerous path. I think we try it almost 100 times to go through the path. Damn!
As the game is extremely difficult to complete by today's standard, I've included the walkthrough in the package. You can download King's Quest here.