King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder (1990)

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King Graham must travel from his kingdom of Daventry to Serenia and save both his family and castle from an evil wizard bent on revenge!

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Lewicki ...
Narrator (voice)
Josh Mandel ...
King Graham (voice)
Leonard 'Ray' Bergeron ...
Crispin / Toymaker / Inkeeper (voice)
Richard Aronson ...
Cedric the Owl (voice)
Andy Hoyos ...
Mordack (voice)
Barry T. Smith ...
Prince Alexander / Eagle / Toymaker's Son (voice)
Dianah Pressley ...
Cassima (voice)
Rosella / Alicia / Queen Beetrice / Willow (voice)
D.J. Williams ...
Tailor (voice)
Nancy Zdenek ...
Elf / Harpy (voice)
Lori Ann Cole ...
Queen Icebella (voice)
Mark Seibert ...
The Genie / The Snake / Man in Town / Singing Ants (voice)
Roberta Williams ...
The Rat / Amanda / Woman in Town / Harpy (voice)
Kenny Long ...
Gypsy Man (voice)
Dick Roberts ...
Baker / Baker's Brother (voice)


After his family went through multiple adventures, King Graham has finally settled into enjoying the peace that envelops Daventry. However, one day when he is strolling through the woods, something envelops his own castle and family and whirls it away. A dark wizard named Mordack did this deed for revenge, but Graham doesn't know what he could've done to him to incite such hatred. Luckily, an owl named Cedric saw the whole thing and offers to take Graham to Serenia where he can seek help out from the kind wizard Crispin. Together, Graham and Cedric must travel through burning deserts, icy mountains, and across deep oceans to Mordack's fearsome castle to save his family! Use your brains instead of brawn, and perhaps Graham will succeed. Written by Kaze Taco

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Roberta Williams initially disapproved of the series' gameplay switch from command line parser to point-and-click, because she felt it made the game less challenging for players than it should have been. Williams changed her mind when she watched her elderly mother try to play King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human (1986) and observed her having difficulty figuring out which correct nouns and verbs to input. Although the gameplay switch divided some fans upon release, Williams defended her decision in press interviews, stating: "My own mother couldn't play my games!" See more »


If the player forgets to use the beeswax to patch the hole in the boat, which Graham uses to find Mordack's island, the boat will sink. As it sinks, Graham starts calling for help and he still does it as soon as he's underwater. See more »


Cedric the Owl: Graham, watch out - a poisonous snake!
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Spoofed in Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier (1995) See more »

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A remarkable game for its time.

The King's Quest Series embodied the Adventure genre of games that people of all ages loved to play while they were popular. Unfortunately, the rise of games like Doom and the association of such themes in that game with unruly teenagers, as well as the increased capabilities of computers for speed and flashiness helped to kill Adventure gaming slowly but surely.

King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder, followed the story of King Graham to free his family from the clutches of an evil wizard. The graphics are endearing and the team that developed the game used the 256 color palette to the very best of their abilities, resulting in a game that is whimsical as well as beautiful in it's own way. There are puzzles galore, some difficult, some not, but they are set up in such a way that anyone over the age of 7 will eventually figure them out. The game has a lot of dialogue, but unfortunately it wasn't until King's Quest VI that spoken words made their appearance in the series. The text is well written though, and is as fun to read as a novel.

I recommend this game to anyone.

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