King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown

Screenshot from King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown

Sierra Entertainment

 

King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown is a free PC game and remake/clone of the original King's Quest I released in 1983 by Sierra Entertainment for the IBM PC Jr computer. The Kingdom of Daventry is in turmoil and Castle Daventry has fallen into ruin. The King, who has had items of great magical power stolen from him, has sent his bravest knight, Sir Graham, on a quest to retrieve them. If he succeeds, Sir Graham will become the rightful heir to the Kingdom of Daventry.

Released in 2001, the King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown fan remake quickly became popular with more than 5,000 downloads in the first year of release. In the 15+ years since its release, it has continued to be updated and popular, having nearly half a million downloads. At the time of this writing, the game is currently on version 4.1. The game was developed using a free programming utility known as Adventure Game Studio that is used to create adventure games.

Gameplay and Features

Much like the original 1983/84/87 releases and the 1990 remake, the fan-made King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown is a point and click graphical adventure game where players control the main character, Sir Graham, by clicking around various points on the screen to have him move to that location or act on an item. The game's interface and audio are nearly identical to that of the original releases as well. The early versions of King's Quest I were developed in EGA Graphics which supports 16 colors while the later 1990 release used EGA 16 colors at double the resolution of the early editions. The fan-made remake has upgraded the graphics and artwork even further, with the game now supporting VGA graphics model of 256+ colors using the resolution of the originals to keep the same feel

The King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown free PC game and fan remake has been available to download for free since 2001 and it is still available from the original developer's website. There are a number of third-party websites that host the game but many of these sites do not have the latest and greatest version. In order to download the latest version that is safe and free, it is recommended to use the ​developer's website to download. Both the Windows/PC and Mac versions of King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown are available for free

In addition to the download link and system requirements detailed above, the AGD Interactive website also contains an FAQ about the game and a hints section that details the game map, gameplay hints, solutions, hazards lists, objects lists and Easter eggs available in the game. In addition to King's Quest I, AGD Interactive has also remade King's Quest II: Romancing the Stones in the same fashion with great looking VGA graphics and the point and click graphic adventure gameplay.

Kings Quest I: Quest for the Crown System Requirements

King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown system requirements are rather quite low so most PCs/Macs should have no trouble whatsoever in running the game.

PC/Windows System Requirements

Spec Requirement
Operating System Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or Windows 10
CPU Pentium or higher processor (233 MHz or above required)
Graphics/Video Card 32-bit SVGA Video card with at least 2MB of Video RAM
Memory 16 MB RAM
Disk Space Approximately 239 MB free disk space
DirectX Version DirectX 5 or above (DirectX 10 or higher recommended)
Sound Card DirectX compatible digital sound card

Apple Mac System Requirements

Spec Requirement
Operating System Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger/Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard/Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
CPU Intel Core Processor CPU Required
Graphics/Video Card nVidia 8xxx Series or AMD 3xxx or 4xxx Series Video Card recommended
Memory 512 MB RAM
Disk Space Approximately 308 MB of Hard Drive Space required
Sound Card Compatible digital sound card