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King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella

King Graham of Daventry has suffered a heart attack during quality time with his family and is on the brink of death. The good fairy queen Genesta contacts Rosella through a magic mirror and offers her assistance. Rosella is teleported to the fairy land of Tamir, where she learns about a magical fruit that can heal her father. However, Genesta herself is in a weakened state because her dark rival, Lolotte the witch queen, stole the talisman that gives Genesta power. If Rosella fails to vanquish Lolotte and return the talisman within one day and one night, Genesta will be unable to help her return to Daventry in time to save her father, and will even die.

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King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella is a graphic adventure game developed and released by Sierra On-Line in 1988. The player takes on the role of Princess Rosella, daughter of King Graham of Daventry (King’s Quest I and King’s Quest II) and the twin sister of Gwydion/Alexander (King’s Quest III), who must save her father and a good fairy and defeat an evil witch. Play King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella online!

King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella game description

King Graham and Queen Valanice were glad to have their children back. Graham thinks that it is time to pass onto them his old adventurers’ hat. When he throws it across the room, he suffers a heart attack and collapses on the floor, and he is carried off to bed. The only way that Graham’s health can be restored is by retrieving the magic fruit in the faraway land of Tamir. A beautiful fairy called Genesta offers Rosella the chance to be transported to the land, and find the fruit. But once she gets transported, she cannot be sent back unless she helps the fairy regain her talisman that was stolen by the evil witch, Lolotte.

King’s Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella is the first game in the series to have a female protagonist. Rosella will meet characters that will either help or hinder her. The player moves Rosella around with arrow keys, and have her perform actions by typing commands. Unlike the previous King’s Quest games, which used the AGI engine, this installment uses the new SCI engine with more detailed graphics; the most visible effect is that the game is paused while the player is typing, giving unlimited time to complete even the longest commands. An AGI version of the game, however, was released as well.

Gameplay-wise, the game is similar to the first two installments of the series, with a large interconnected world open for exploration and no time limit imposed. The game is the first in the series to have a day and night cycle; certain actions can be performed only during a specific time.

Here’s a link to the manual (which you will need to start the game):

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