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#701560 - 02/24/11 10:03 AM Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux
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Free remake can be downloaded for PC and Mac from http://www.agdinteractive.com

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February 24, 2011 - AGD Interactive, an acclaimed developer of classic adventure game remakes, is proud to present King's Quest III Redux: To Heir Is Human after eight years of undercover production. This retold and remastered version of the 1986 Sierra On-Line game can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/kq3 for PC and Mac. Today's release brings an end to over a decade of free game production for AGD Interactive, who will now turn their talents to commercial projects.

Unlike the earlier King's Quest games, which starred King Graham of Daventry in the lead role, King's Quest III explores the fate of Gwydion, a slave who was snatched by the cruel wizard Manannan as an infant. Knowing nothing of his origin, Gwydion has been forced into a life of servitude and misery—until now. Using brainpower and a bit of ancient magic, it's up to the player to thwart Manannan, secure Gwydion's escape, and finally discover the truth about the young man's identity.

King's Quest III Redux stays true to Sierra's 1986 classic while improving on elements that detracted from the original experience. Where the original King's Quest III had blocky 16-color EGA graphics and a frustrating text parser, AGD Interactive's remake features hand-painted SVGA graphics and a point and click interface reminiscent of later games in the series. The game has been polished to perfection, with lush storybook-style visuals, professional voice acting with Hollywood actor Robert Adamson in the role of Gwydion, and an original digital soundtrack composed especially for the remake. While the gameplay is largely unchanged, King's Quest III Redux does include a number of original puzzles and puts a new spin on the story.
"We're very excited to finally release this game after developing it in secret for so long," says Chris Warren, who co-founded AGD Interactive as well as its sister company, Himalaya Studios. "We've poured a lot of love into this particular project and I think King's Quest fans will be very pleased at the results, even though reaching the end may be bittersweet. Now we plan to focus on new, original games that retain the same retro charm that made the Sierra games so enduring."

A first look at the group's next endeavor, Mage's Initiation: Reign of the Elements, has been revealed today at http://www.himalayastudios.com/games/mages. Planned for release in late 2012, Mage's Initiation will combine classic adventure puzzles with RPG-style character customization in a format reminiscent of Sierra's famed Quest for Glory series. Additional game details, a mailing list sign-up for production updates, and the unique opportunity to reserve a Limited Edition copy of the game can be found on the Himalaya Studios website. Fans can also follow the game's progress on Twitter: http://twitter.com/himalayastudios

About AGD Interactive
AGD Interactive is a Limited Liability Company dedicated to bringing classic adventure games back to public attention. Company co-founders Britney Brimhall and Chris Warren began developing enhanced King's Quest remakes in 2000, initially under the pseudonyms "Anonymous Game Developers" (AGDs for short). In the decade since, the AGD team has developed several highly acclaimed remakes based on Sierra franchises, under license. Their titles have been downloaded by millions of fans, making AGD Interactive a major contributing factor in putting a dying genre back on the market. To learn more, visit http://www.agdinteractive.com.

About Himalaya Studios
Himalaya Studios is a Limited Liability Company established in 2004 in Arizona, with key staff and independent contractors located throughout the world. The development house is continuing in AGD Interactive's footsteps, forging new paths in adventure game production. Their focus is on designing original, classic-style adventure games that utilize detailed 2D graphics, incorporate inventive puzzles, and feature engaging storylines. To learn more, visit http://www.himalayastudios.com.



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#701563 - 02/24/11 10:11 AM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thanks, Ana! Downloading now! happydance happydance happydance

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#701587 - 02/24/11 11:12 AM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: venus]
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It will be interesting to see how much this differs from Infamous Adventures' remake aside from the voices. Off to find out. Thanks, Ana.

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#701598 - 02/24/11 12:02 PM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: traveler]
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[Got my email from AGD this morning so already have it downloaded broccoli]

Yeah !!!!

Thanks, BrownEyedTigre thumbsup
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#701660 - 02/24/11 04:23 PM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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thanks for the link Ana. happydance
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#701914 - 02/25/11 03:06 PM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: Space Quest Fan]
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"While the gameplay is largely unchanged, King's Quest III Redux does include a number of original puzzles and puts a new spin on the story."

I'm looking forward to seeing how this goes this because certain portions of the original KQ3 were very frustrating !! lol
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#701977 - 02/25/11 06:10 PM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: Mad]
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Mad,

I agree with you about the frustration with the original KQ games and the Sierra games, in general, IMO. Part of that is probably because I was new to computers and was a novice with computer games. Is this the one where we had to wander around the desert? That one was frustrating! Also, are these games free or is there a charge?

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#701979 - 02/25/11 06:24 PM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: gatsbygirl]
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Which game are you asking about gatsbygirl? The game that the thread is about is free, sa documented in the first post.

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#701982 - 02/25/11 06:37 PM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Thanks Ana,

I found that out and am downloading it now. It will be fun to see how much I remember from the original game and if it is any easier for me this time around. I suppose it is too much to hope for that someone has done an updated walkthrough. I always need LOTS of help smile

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#702020 - 02/25/11 09:02 PM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: gatsbygirl]
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Hi gatsbygirl smile

I think most of the "wandering around in the desert" happened in KQ5 - with a little also in KQ7 lol

I don't actually remember that much about KQ3 -
Click to reveal..
apart from the frustratingly sudden and deadly appearances of a certain character
as it's a long time now since I played any version of it grin
I'm looking forward to giving this latest version a go though .... taz

Cheers.

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#702379 - 02/27/11 12:18 AM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: Mad]
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I just finished playing it. There is definitely still a lot of the familiar Sierra-style frustration but, overall, it was enjoyable. There is no comparison between this one and Infamous Adventures remake. The AGD one blows it out of the water on every level.

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#702401 - 02/27/11 04:39 AM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: SpaghettiStraps]
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Haven't gotten very far into it yet - too many other equally compelling games vying for my attention lol - but it's definitely excellent so far. bravo I love the
Click to reveal..
additional background on the other "Gwydion,"
and the graphics are gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing what else they've added. thumbsup

Gatsbygirl, there is some wandering in the desert in KQ3, although there is quite a bit more of it in KQ5. I'm guessing that's the one you're referring to. smile

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#702562 - 02/27/11 01:42 PM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: venus]
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The reviews sound great. I can't wait to get into the game.
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#702677 - 02/28/11 12:09 AM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: Space Quest Fan]
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I'm just so thrilled that they've made it for the Mac too! Yahoooo! bravo broccoli yay
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#702821 - 02/28/11 01:40 PM Re: Relive the Magic of King's Quest Today with King's Quest III Redux [Re: BeaSong]
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Hi,
I've never played any of the games in the series. Can anyone tell me if they are games that can be played independantly ,in any order or will this third installment not make any sense if I haven't played the first 2 games?
Thanks,

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