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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 Wilson ...
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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9 November 1990 (USA)  »

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The first game in the series to be featured in 256 Color VGA, to have the text parser replaced by an icon interface, and to have full voice acting (1992 CD-ROM re-release). See more »


Immediately after Graham restores Alicia to human by retrieving her stolen heart, Prince Herbert suddenly appears from nowhere to reunite with her. See more »


Cedric the Owl: Graham, watch out - a poisonous snake!
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Follows King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (1988) See more »


Weeping Willow's Song
Music by Mark Seibert and Ken Allen
Performed by Debbie Seibert
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Dying for a drink, Graham?
19 March 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most memorable and quotable computer games ever. I grew up on the King's Quest, Space Quest, and Hero's Quest (AKA Quest For Glory) classic series by Sierra entertainment. Kings Quest V is undoubtedly one of the funniest ones too. The lengthy portion of the game involving searching through the desert is pretty tiresome (and pretty reminiscent of Quest for Glory 2) but it pays off hilariously upon discovering the encampment full of arabs with Mexican accents! "Who are you??!?" asks a sleepy arab, seconds before he ruthlessly stabs you. Cedric the Owl provides the most amusement as the annoying owl who follows you around, keenly pointing out "Watch out for that cliff, Graham!" AFTER you've fallen off the side. You CAN get your revenge on Cedric though later in the game on Harpy island where you carry the wounded Cedric to safety... there's the option to tumble off a cliff with him still in your hands. A pretty cheesy, but a very humorous and classic computer game.

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