Developer: Infamous Adventures
Publisher: Infamous Adventures
AGDInteractive wasn’t the only group working on a remake of King’s Quest III. Four years earlier, Infamous Adventures took a stab at it. While it doesn’t have the production values of the former (or would that be the latter?), it’s a faithful adaptation of the original game and sure to please those who liked the original just fine.
Unlike AGDI’s version, this game really doesn’t change anything about the plot or the puzzles. There’s a few Easter eggs and minor additions to the story, but otherwise the script is exactly the same. The winding mountain path is just as agonizing (though you only have to navigate it once) and Manannan’s naps and trips take the same amount of time. The game does become easier as point’n’click eliminates some of the harder puzzles, and since nothing has been changed, this is easy breezy for those who played the original. Where this becomes a problem is that you can easily do what you need to do during each of Manannan’s trips in the time allotted and then have to agonizingly wait for him to return.
The graphics are obviously superior to the original, though I wasn’t as impressed as I hoped to be. The perspective seems a bit off, as Gwydion appears much larger than he should on the screen. The voice acting is fine (my, Josh Mandel sure gets around!) and every single thing in the game is narrated. Andy Hoyos (who voiced Mordack in KQ5 and directed the Phantasmagoria games) does a fine job as Manannan.
Ultimately, if you’re going to play a KQ3 remake I would recommend the one I reviewed last week. But those who are turned off by the additional plot elements AGDI added to their KQ remakes might prefer this version. And you can play it for free!