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King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow

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Title Screen

King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow

Developer: Sierra On-Line
Publisher: Sierra On-Line
Platforms: DOS, Windows, Mac OS Classic
Released internationally: September 30, 1992


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SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.


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King's Quest VI is widely regarded by fans as the highest point in the series, for reasons ranging from an excellent storyline, to the then-groundbreaking quality (like the opening CG movie), to rather clever puzzles.

Unused Graphics

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Shamir has a portrait in the game's data, complete with talking animations and golden eyes shining. In spite of this, it goes completely unused in the game, except in the Amiga release.

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An unused background for the Realm of the Dead. The background when normally viewed raw however, has a color error.

(Source: Akril15)

Unused Sounds

Cassima

Early Final

Audios 3001 and 3002 are Cassima's voices in the DOS floppy release. However, there is a third pointer that also has the ID of 3002-- it leads to an early version of her lines, which seem to be longer and lower in quality. For obvious reasons, it was removed in future releases.

Oddities

Near the end of the game, Alexander can defeat Shamir by distracting him with peppermint leaves. You acquire a mint candy earlier in the game, but it's used up in a mandatory puzzle. If you exploit a bug to skip that puzzle, the candy works as a substitute for the leaves, even though it shouldn't be possible to have it at that stage of the game. The graphics and dialog are identical in either case.

Revisional Differences

Character Graphic Portrait versions

Floppy Enhanced CD
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Kings quest 6 high resolution windows 1.png

Alexander's Item Inventory

Floppy Enhanced CD
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Kings quest 6 high resolution windows 2.png

Floppy 1992 Version

  • The Windows XP collection of this game plays in DOSBOX mode.
  • The graphics are downgraded to play the original DOS game.
  • The Windows XP version and the Steam releases features the low resolution graphic portraits of characters such as Prince Alexander and other characters.
  • The icons and items are featured in low detail graphics using the pink color palette.
  • The items in Alexander's inventory are downgraded to low detail graphics.

1997 King's Quest Collection CD-ROM Version

  • The opening of the King's Quest VI video plays the opening music all the way to the end.
  • The Windows 95 version features high resolution graphics portraits of characters such as Prince Alexander and other characters.
  • The icons and items are featured in high detail graphics using the white color palette.
  • The items in Alexander's inventory are upgraded to high detail graphics.
  • At the end of the wedding scene in speech mode, the game crashes and shows the end credits over a black background. This is due to the decision not to include “Girl in the Tower”.
  • While playing the wedding scene in the text version, the instrumental song "Girl in the Tower" can be played and the end credits shows the background scenes from the game.
  • This enhanced Windows 95 version won't work in Windows compatibility modes and is often considered a lost PC game.

2006 King's Quest Collection CD-ROM Version

  • The opening of the King's Quest VI video doesn't finish and cuts off near the end.
  • The Windows XP collection of this game plays in DOSBOX mode.
  • The graphics are downgraded to play the original DOS game.
  • The Windows XP version and the Steam releases features the low resolution graphic portraits of characters such as Prince Alexander and other characters.
  • The icons and items are featured in low detail graphics using the pink color palette.
  • The items in Alexander's inventory are downgraded to low detail graphics.
  • The DOSBOX game crashes after about 3 hours of gameplay which may make it frustrating for those who don't save often.
  • At the end of the wedding scene in speech mode, he game plays the song “Girl in the Tower” which is included in this game.