King's Quest - Chapter 4: Snow Place Like Home
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The fourth chapter adds some interesting character dynamics, but an overreliance on block puzzles drags the whole thing down to a series low
I think the most understated element of the new King's Quest though is that we get to see Graham grow up before our eyes -- from a young runt to a wise kingly figure on his death bed. It's a scope that we really don't see that often, contrasted with adventure games that typically take place across the span of a few days or weeks. King's Quest: Snow Place Like Home might be influenced too greatly by modern titles that are essentially interactive novels, but I'm more than willing to see this through until the end.
Beneath its patchwork of puns, King’s Quest has a strong and loving message, galvanised by the presence of two intertwining storylines. Each adventure is being retold by a much older King Graham, recounting every major event in his life as his granddaughter, Gwendolyn, hangs on every word.
I overall enjoyed my time with episode 4, but as I mentioned earlier, it just feels like each game offers a different experience. Not that this is a bad thing, but the gameplay and what to expect just sort of feels all over the place.
Admittedly, there are a few rooms that could have probably been removed altogether and instead replaced with more story exposition.
Snow Place Like Home presents an unusual structure for the series. The results, however, are convincing, and somehow bold. It would be nice to have, in the modern gaming landscape, more space for talented guys like The Odd Gentlemen, and less enthusiasm for lineare and unoriginal adventures.
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King's Quest: Chapter 4 - Snow Place Like Home packs some of the best storytelling in the series so far, but a bizarre and repetitive structure for the majority of its length holds it back from greatness.
If you enjoy the story of King’s Quest then you’ll love Snow Place Like Home. If, however, you prefer traditional adventure game puzzles, you won’t find those here.
If rumors are true that we’ll see the conclusion of King’s Quest before the end of the year, I’m concerned that it will be rushed out too quickly for its own good. Or maybe it’s just the odd numbered chapters that are the knockouts, offering great story and puzzles. Time will tell how the story concludes, but Snow Place Like Home is the weak link in the King’s Quest chain, with weak environments, terrible puzzles, and a lack of any real immersion in the narrative choices as Chapter Four gives players the cold shoulder.
King's Quest continues to show it's love for the original games, but it fails in the gameplay department. It lacks any real adventure style gameplay and is padded out with two dimensional puzzles and rehashed gameplay.