November 18, 2005 at 4:25 pm #23204
One Christmas when I was a teenager I recieved Kings Quest 6. Being a
very hotr summer (one of the hottest I remember) I stayed inside and
played it non stop until it was finished. That summer was probably the
most enjoyable. Thankyou Roberta…
Anyway I only had the floppy disc version I was always aware of the cd version but never found it in Australia at the time.
Where oh where can I get the Kings Quest 6 CD version to bring back memories…
November 20, 2005 at 4:23 am #23205
eBay would certainly be your best bet, probably as part of the King’s Quest Collection or the Roberta Williams Anthology
Keep in mind that playing the Windows version of of King’s Quest VI,
which contains much better artwork in dialogue windows, is problematic
in Windows XP. Your choices are to play the DOS version (with lower
quality dialogue box art), to use a version of Windows earler than XP
(possibly by dividing your hard drive into two partitions, one loaded
with XP, the other loaded with an earlier version), or running Windows
3.1 through Dosbox (which, of course, requires getting your hands on a copy of Windows 3.1).
Another possible solution to running the Windows version of the game under XP can be found here, but I found this solution to create too many bugs to play the game properly. It may work better for you, though.
November 21, 2005 at 5:12 am #23206
I cannot recommend the Windows version of KQ6 over the DOS version.
Not only is the Windows version prone to crashing, but it seems to have some kind of optimisation problem resulting in it running slower than the DOS version (both tested on a decent PC).
The Windows version is also more prone to bugs.
Regarding the character portraits, the high res portraits of the Windows version, in my opinion, doesn’t fit the art style of the rest of the game at all. Rather than prove immersive, they tend to take you out of the game whenever one pops up because it just looks so very different.
The portraits in the DOS version reminds me of those in KQ5 and some of the QFG games, and fits the graphics in the rest of KQ6 perfectly.
The bottom line is, KQ6 DOS CD runs fine through DOSBox, and remains a class game, and I would recommend it over the problematic (though this could depend on your setup) Windows version.
November 23, 2005 at 12:43 am #23207
I’ve never had any bugs running the Windows version under Windows 98 or
Windows ME (Windows XP is a different story entirely, lol)
As for the dialogue windows, I suppose it’s a question of taste.