Order of the Thorne: The King’s Challenge
Order of the Thorne: The King’s Challenge, is a point and click adventure game from the indie developer studio Infamous Quests, it definitely takes a big nod to the old King’s Quest games using a similar engine, The King’s Challenge is the first part in a planned anthology of games.
The King’s Challenge takes place in the land of Uir, where we are playing as what it seems a young elvish bard named Finn, who has been traveling to the Fairy Realm to participate in the King’s Challenge, which the king of the realm grants the winner any wish in his power. the challenge that the king presents to the contestants is the finding of his queen who has hidden her self somewhere in the Fairy kingdom.
so the premise of this game is like a standard point and click adventure where you go and collect items that could be used or combined for a later purpose in the story. and interesting mechanic that was used in this game was the functionality of a magical lute that Finn possesses, whose music can influence the current situation and/or characters that he is dealing with, the music mechanic reminded me kind of like the system used in the game LOOM but felt a bit more complicated than in that game, you pretty much have to play Simon Says to learn the songs, but for making things easier they included a feature where you can just press the button for corresponding songs.
I love that an older graphic style was used, I myself play a lot of older dos games and this appealed to me so much I love how modern that they made it look and that they hand drawn all of the backgrounds and character portraits, it all made me feel like I was younger again playing another King’s Quest game.
the few gripes that I had with it were, I did get stuck in several parts where i was literally walking around in the game trying to give everyone the items that I had to continue the quest past this certain part with the swamp then by chance I had found what i was supposed to do randomly clicking away in the the General store I had found the item that I needed to continue the story after wandering aimlessly for about an hour or so. Another gripe I have but I know it was meant to hook the player into playing the next chapter of the game, is I felt that in a whole the game felt a little too short. They ended this chapter very well I feel in making you ask questions on what everything was at the end of the chapter.
in a whole I feel that this first part of The Order of the Thorne: The King’s Challenge is a very solid adventure game where there is little of nowadays. the story telling was very good and the characters were very unique and not bland. definitely worth checking out and playing. I’m going to have to give this game a solid 9 out of 10.