Today’s entry was penned by longtime contributor and friend of the site, Jonathon Howard. He’s pretty consistently talked about point and click games for this feature in past years, and, well, here we are this year!
Sierra On-line’s King’s Quest series has always been a hodgepodge of fairy-tale, folklore, and mythic elements combined with a simple unifying narrative and Roberta Williams’ famous, and oft-maligned, puzzles. While this combination sounds simple it was effective enough to make Sierra On-line one of the juggernauts of computer gaming during the 90’s. From its first chapter the series toyed with the horror genre. King’s Quest had two dark underground caves featuring monsters, and the second game featured Dracula ensconced inside a haunted castle. But, it wasn’t until the fourth chapter, The Perils of Rosella, that Sierra and Roberta Williams took their first steps into horror, a journey that would ultimately end in such game franchises as Gabriel Knight, Phantasmagoria, and Shivers.