King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne
is the second installment in the King's Quest
series created by Sierra Entertainment
(formerly Sierra On-Line). It uses the same AGI game engine
as King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown
and features King Graham as the player character.
The Magic Mirror shows King Graham a vision about a beautiful woman, Valanice, imprisoned on the top of an ivory tower. Being charmed by her, he is teleported to the world of Kolyma to rescue her. There he must travel through sea, air, and even death to gain the keys that unlock the three doors to the world where Hagatha the witch has imprisoned Valanice.
Re-releases and remakes
The game was first released in 1985
as a disk that booted on start-up but was re-released in 1987
with EGA support to run under DOS. This is why most remaining copies bear a 1987
rather than a 1985
Kings Quest II was unofficially remade in 2002 when AGD Interactive, then known as Tierra Entertainment, released the fan-made King's Quest II+: Romancing the Stones The remake uses a point-and-click interface functionally identical to an advanced SCI game engine, VGA graphics and digital sound, including full speech for all characters. Notably for an unofficial, fan-made project, the game's protagonist King Graham is voiced by Josh Mandel, who also voiced the part in Sierra's official CD-ROM full-speech versions of King's Quest V and VI. In contrast to the group's remake of King's Quest I, a content-wise identical presentation upgrade, King's Quest II+ redesigns the original game to add a full-fledged plot instead of the scarce few story elements of the 1985 version, a number of puzzles, new characters and locations including a town, and references to future King's Quest games.
- Future Space Quest series designers Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe were on the King's Quest II development team, beginning the long-standing Sierra tradition of using King's Quest as a training ground for future game designers.
- Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe also put a teaser trailer for their game Space Quest in the mountain top level, where you find the second key. The player has to look into a hole in a small rock just outside the cave entrance to find it.
- King's Quest II included 92 different "rooms" (individual screens), a 15% increase over the original King's Quest.
- The title is a parody of the movie Romancing the Stone (1984) by Robert Zemeckis.
- The music played at the title screen is Greensleeves
- At the cave entrance to Hagatha's Cave, if you arrive at the right time, you can see the Batmobile drive out and drive back in. The music played is the 'Batman/Adam West' theme music.
- The music played when you meet the two ghosts just outside Dracula's castle is a sample from Michael Jackson's Thriller.