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Revision as of 17:58, 3 June 2011

King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne
King's Quest 2 - DOS - USA.jpg
Platform: DOS
Year: 1987
Developer: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Buy: Amazon

King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne continues the story if King Graham. After saving the kingdom of Daventry and becoming king, Graham now seeks a queen to keep him company and father his children. Using the powers of the magic mirror, Graham finds a suitable bride in the land of Kolyma, but finding her is no easy matter. King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne also begins the tradition of using puns for subtitles.

The DOS port of King's Quest II uses the same engine from the DOS port of King's Quest: Quest For the Crown (DOS). The player controls Graham by using the arrow keys or keyboard to move him around, and typing out commands such as "look at the tree" and "take the trident". The player will have to spend a lot of time wandering around the map, carefully examining the various plants, rocks, and people that inhabit the land.

It is unknown whether or not the original PCjr version of the game has all the same music as the DOS version. A copy of the PCjr version must be found.


Screenshots


King's Quest 2 - DOS - Title.png

The title screen.

King's Quest 2 - DOS - Start.png

The starting screen.

King's Quest 2 - DOS - Playing.png

I found a giant fork!

King's Quest 2 - DOS - Danger.png

Be careful of the many dangerous people in the land of Kolyma.

King's Quest 2 - DOS - Monastery.png

Jesus must have died in Kolyma too.

King's Quest 2 - DOS - Dead.png

I hope she get's heartburn from me!


Music

King's Quest II includes some of the tunes found in the first game, including the Title, Danger, and Dead tunes. However, the quality of the 3 voice soundtrack isn't as impressive. The composer didn't take advantage of the 3 voice chip as much as the KQ1 composer. If the King's Quest music was updated for the DOS port in 1987, and the KQ2 music was made for the PCjr game in 1985, then it makes since that KQ1's music is better. Even with a lower fidelity sound, King's Quest 2 has over twice as many songs as King's Quest.

Several public domain sources are used in King's Quest 2. Greensleeves is again used for the title music, and Chopin's Funeral March is used again when you die. Also, Bach's Toccata and Fugue In D Minor plays in Dracula's castle, Neal Hefti's Batman Theme (used without legal consent) plays during the Batmobile gag, and the final wedding scene music starts with Mendelssohn's Wedding March, and then finishes with Wagner's Bridal Chorus.

Players who had a 3 voice chip heard better music than those with just a PC speaker. Both soundtracks have been recorded, tracks starting with a 1 are recorded from the Tandy 3 Voice chip, tracks starting with a 2 are recorded from the PC Speaker.


Recording

#

Title

Composer

Arranger

Length

Size

Listen

101 Title Anonymous Al Lowe 0:32 478 KB
102 Monastery Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:32 506 KB
103 Danger Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:02 48 KB
104 Batmobile Neal Hefti Al Lowe 0:10 157 KB
105 Falling Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:05 60 KB
106 Mermaid Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:09 145 KB
107 Neptune Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:09 149 KB
108 Genie Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:12 157 KB
109 Space Quest Trailer Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:38 479 KB
110 Ghosts Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:09 150 KB
111 Dracula's Castle Johann Sebastian Bach Al Lowe 0:23 323 KB
112 Dead Frédéric Chopin Al Lowe 0:06 85 KB
113 Kiss Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:16 226 KB
114 Wedding Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Wagner Al Lowe 0:31 418 KB
201 Title Anonymous Al Lowe 0:32 366 KB
202 Monastery Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:32 408 KB
203 Danger Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:02 37 KB
204 Batmobile Neal Hefti Al Lowe 0:10 123 KB
205 Falling Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:05 57 KB
206 Mermaid Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:09 109 KB
207 Neptune Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:09 112 KB
208 Genie Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:12 136 KB
209 Space Quest Trailer Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:31 312 KB
210 Ghosts Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:09 117 KB
211 Dracula's Castle Johann Sebastian Bach Al Lowe 0:23 298 KB
212 Dead Frédéric Chopin Al Lowe 0:06 72 KB
213 Kiss Al Lowe Al Lowe 0:16 197 KB
214 Wedding Felix Mendelssohn, Richard Wagner Al Lowe 0:31 333 KB


Credits

(Source)


Game Rip

Formats

Download

Size

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Download 10 KB

The music was ripped out using AGI Studio 1.38b. Because there currently aren't any players that accurately support the 3 voice format, the music was recorded during game play.


Audio Devices

Sound

File:Icon - PCSpeaker.png File:Icon - PCjr3Voice.png File:Icon - Tandy3Voice.png

Music

File:Icon - PCSpeaker.png File:Icon - PCjr3Voice.png File:Icon - Tandy3Voice.png

(No Source)

The game engine automatically detects if you are using the PC speaker or a 3 voice chip.


Releases

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Title: King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne
Platform: DOS
Released: 1987/??/??
Publisher: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
  France.svg   France
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Title: King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne
Platform: DOS
Released: 1994/??/??
Publisher: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne
Platform: DOS
Released: 1994/??/??
Publisher: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
  Italy.svg   Italy
King's Quest 2 - DOS - France-Germany-Italy-UK.jpg
Title: King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne
Platform: DOS
Released: 1994/??/??
Publisher: Sierra On-Line, Inc.
  UK.svg   UK
King's Quest 2 - DOS - France-Germany-Italy-UK.jpg
Title: King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne
Platform: DOS
Released: 1994/??/??
Publisher: Sierra On-Line, Inc.


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