King's Quest - Episode 2: Rubble without a Cause
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Second parts tend to be troublesome for episodic series, as they often feel like transitional stories that merely set the table for what's to come. But with King's Quest: Rubble Without a Cause, characters are growing right before our eyes with a subtle and effective tonal shift. The Odd Gentlemen also nailed the script, as it feels like a standalone episode that's also connected to the episodic format as a whole. We still have three tales to go, but for now, I'm feeling pretty good about King's Quest.
Although King's Quest Chapter 2 – Rubble Without A Cause is lacking the wonder of the first episode, it did have some nice moments such as old King Graham and his grandchildren plus some very nice graphics as he explores the labyrinth of the Goblins. I'm really looking forward to see how the next episode pans out, particularly with the character development of Graham.
Rubble Without a Cause takes King's Quest down a much darker path and is very enjoyable for it. With having to solve puzzles against the clock it really feels as if your decisions matter, due to gut punching consequences.
Rubble Without a Cause is both a solid entry in this new game series and a unique gameplay experience in its own right.
The story's dark undertones are never fully realized, but despite a fairytale ending, King Graham embarks on another worthy adventure filled with clever puzzles and endearing characters.
Not as rewarding as the preceding chapter, but still worth playing for fans
It sounds like I'm being fairly hard on Chapter 2 of the King's Quest reboot, and to some degree I am. The first chapter was a triumphant return for the series, setting the bar fairly high for anything following. While Rubble Without a Cause can be a little obtuse and less intuitive than A Knight to Remember, it is still a worthy installment. Let's hope that Chapter 3, which is rumored to focus on Graham meeting his future queen Valanice, takes a few more risks when it comes in Q1 2016.
The second chapter of King's Quest is still as charming as it's ever been, the writing is sublime, the art-style is still magnificent and its orchestral soundtrack is wonderful - but it's hard not to feel a bit disappointed given the lengthy wait.
King's Quest – Chapter 2: Rubble Without a Cause shows both the strengths and the weaknesses associated with the episodic game series.
And in case you were curious, Graham does indeed solve the mystery of the missing mattresses. He didn't even need the help of meddling kids.