King’s Quest: Chapter 3 – Once Upon a Climb Review

The new chapter is now upon us after waiting a few months in anticipation and whilst Kings Quest: Chapter 2 had its stumbling blocks, Chapter 3 is a breath of fresh air, whilst difficulty level was kept at a minimum; it was such a pleasure to play.

Once Upon a Climb is definitely better than the previous chapter, as Graham now a fit young man and slightly more mature is ready to find a bride to occupy the throne next to him in the Kingdom of Daventry.

Whilst the main plot is to choose a bride for Graham, it would be a mistake not to mention the opening sequence. Essentially, you the player must guide Graham through three different timelines in order to solve the Chapter’s first challenging puzzle. It’s absolutely hilarious to hear Graham, played by the whimsical Christopher Lloyd recount and backtrack his remarks when recounting the story to his niece. The puzzle in question revolves around saving a baby owl from the devastating clutches of a squirrel that wishes to eat it, a possible throwback to the Kings Quests of old?

So choosing a bride, it cant be that hard right? Whilst it would have been easy to point and click (pardon the pun) on one of the two princesses available to you, you must win them over favouring the one you wish to be your Queen.

Playing games and going on quests with the princesses will show Graham which one is best suited to his special kind of personality. There are many “laugh out loud” moments within the chapter, however its not all fun and games, the dramatic storyline allows the player to see a different side to Graham that they wouldn’t otherwise see.

Whilst this is the main plot of the game, there is a sub plot. Do you remember Manny the dwarf like Knight? Competing against Graham to be the King of Daventry in episode 1? Well he makes a return in a twist that will make you dizzy in delight.

The storyline is laid on thick in this chapter, yet the challenges before you are not difficult to master, in fact Once Upon a Climb makes a complete departure from the puzzle riddled Rubble without a Cause and unfortunately this adds to the inconsistency of the chapters, however it doesn’t detract away from the game play at all.

After the first pass of the Chapter, I immediately wanted to play it through it again and change the outcome, What if I said this? What If I chose that?  You’ll want to do this also, mark my words.

Whilst Chapter 1 had a mixture of challenging puzzles and Chapter 2 was all puzzle, Chapter 3 gave more narrative and context to the overall message of the series.  Unfortunately we don’t know when Chapter 4 is released nor do we know what it is called, however viewing the final sequence, it would certainly appear that the story line will take another dark turn, again paying homage to the Kings Quest series of old. I for one can’t wait!


About: Matthew Cawley

I always had a passion for games even in my younger years, when I first received the Atari 2600, Pele Soccer was the flavor of the year, I played that game so much I actually started seeing top down soccer players in real life. My first real advanced gaming experience was when I received the Commodore Amiga 500, this is where adventure games took over my life, Sierra classics such as Police Quest, Space Quest, Kings Quest and the entire Leisure Suit Larry series dominated huge portions of my childhood.

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