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

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)
Diana Rose Wilson ...
Rosella / Alicia / Queen Beetrice / Willow (voice) (as Diana Wilson)
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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9 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


There is hidden Easter Egg in the game: after Graham rides the sled in the mountains and it breaks, using the cape on the broken sled cause the sea monster to appear and push Graham into the chasm. However, this Egg works only in the diskette version of the game, much to the disappointment of many King's Quest fans who own the CD version only. 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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Referenced in Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier (1995) See more »


March Of The Ants
Music by Mark Seibert and Ken Allen
Performed by Mark Seibert
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Probably represents the height of the King's Quest games ...
20 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

The story: You're King Graham (hero from King's Quest 1 and 2) the ruler of the kingdom of Daventry. Whilst on a walk your castle gets stolen with the rest of your family by an evil wizard named Mordac. It turns out that Mordac is the brother of Mannanan (evil wizard from King's Quest 3) who was turned into a cat by your son Prince Alexander (Gwydion the hero from King's Quest 3) and wants Alexander to return his brother to his original form. Fortunately with the help of the old wizard Crispin and his pet owl Cedric, Graham is transported to the kingdowm of Serenia where he must overcome great challenges to locate Mordac and free his family.

The 5th game in the now legendary King's Quest saga was probably its greatest in terms of graphical achievement and storyline. It saw the return of the original King's Quest hero Graham (who had taken a back seat to his children Alexander/Gwydion in King's Quest 3 and Rosella in King's Quest 4) and featured a great variety of locations - deserts, mountains, towns, forests, seas etc. The graphics were the most advanced of any King's Quest game thus far and the new icon control system replaced the old text based command system of the previous 4 games.

The biggest downside to the game however (and it has been already mentioned) was the lack of any real fairy tale inspired quests, with the writers instead favouring their own inventions. Although this may have leant some originality to the game it somewhat hampered the puzzle-solving as there was often a lack of order and logic in solving some of the problems (this existed in earlier games as well, but by those being primarily based on fairy tales it helped lend an idea to players on how to go about solving the puzzles).

Still it was a thoroughly game for its time and probably represented the series at its height (though it would quickly come crashing down). Definitely recommended for old adventure game fans.

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