(This is part of my journey playing through King’s Quest II: Romancing the Throne. You can follow the entire series on the Nostalgia Lane page.)
So it’s time to face my destiny, and by that I mean “cross the poisoned lake by any means necessary.” Fortunately, I have my magic carpet which… no, that’s gone. Hm. Well, at least I have the favor of a winged steed who owes me a big… what? He left? But couldn’t King Neptune… no? Fine. I’ll pay this stupid boatman. Hey Death, how’s it hanging?
Actually, in a happy twist, the cloak-and-ring combo I’m sporting has “fooled” the boatman into thinking I’m “someone else.” Uh… who exactly? A renaissance fair groupie? Whatever, he gives me a free ride across the lake to the castle in the yonder distance there.
But will your cleverness be able to withstand… MY MAGICAL SUGAR CUBE?
No, I think not. I’ll be passing these brambles now, thank you.
Please, gentle readers, do not be frightened by the terrifying images above. Hold my hand and we’ll get through it… together. I guess my disguise fools them too, because they go away. Drat. Thought there was going to be an awesome Ghostbusters easter egg here.
So here I am, just kickin’ it up in Dracula’s castle. Because, really, why wouldn’t Dracula be neighbors with a Christian monk, Red Riding Hood, and King Neptune? WHY ISN’T SOMEBODY MAKING A SITCOM OUT OF THIS GAME?
I’m going to fast-forward through some of the more boring adventure game bits in Dracula’s castle, such as navigating a circular staircase, finding a candle, lighting the candle, going down more stairs, stealing ham, etc. Long story short, here’s Dracula. He’s sleeping. I’m going to kill him ten ways from Sunday.
Here’s where the game gets tricky. I grab that key, but I have to look back into the coffin, take out the pillow, and find yet another key. Two keys here. I can’t imagine just grabbing one and then wandering around the game like a fool with no idea where the other one is.
I’m really not a fan of Dracula’s castle. For one thing, there are just way too many stairs going on here, and you can fall off of just about all of them. Before I leave, I climb up to another tower, unlock a chest, and find… a tiara.
Sorry, that had to be done.