King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne

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King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne cover
Developers
Sierra On-Line
Mac OS (Classic) Mark Langbehn
Engines
AGI
Release dates
PC booter June 1985
DOS 1987
Mac OS (Classic) 1988
Windows (ScummVM) August 24, 2010[1]
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne guide on StrategyWiki
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne on MobyGames
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne on Wikipedia
Adventure in Serenia 1982
King's Quest: Quest for the Crown‎ 1984
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne 1985
King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human 1986
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella 1988
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! 1990
King Graham's Board Game Challenge 1992
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow 1992
King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride 1994
King's Quest: Mask of Eternity 1998
The Silver Lining (unofficial) 2010
King's Quest (2015) 2015

Key points

Can be run under ScummVM.

General information

Sierra Help Pages - King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne
King's Quest Omnipedia - A huge wiki for the King's Quest series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Floppy disk check (requires the original floppy in the drive to play)
Disk versions use CPC Copy Protection DRM, typically referred to as a Key-disk. Later releases on various compilations had the copy protection removed.
PC booter
DOS
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
Bundled with King's Quest: Quest for the Crown and King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human. Pre-packaged with ScummVM
DOSBox version is also available (when using GOG Galaxy).[2]
Windows
Steam
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Comes bundled with all other King's Quest games (excluding King's Quest 8).
Windows
The King's Quest Collection, the collection on Steam, is not properly configured for modern systems[3]
A web browser version is also available.

Essential improvements[edit]

Three-channel audio support[edit]

The game has support for three-channel audio, which requires the audio hardware built into the PCjr or Tandy 1000 computer. Other systems are limited to one-channel audio played through the PC speaker.
Use a third-party AGI interpreter[citation needed]

Notes

Modern AGI interpreters include ScummVM and NAGI will automatically use the Tandy sounds regardless of video render mode. As such it is possible to have Tandy sounds with EGA video, which was not possible with the original game.
Use DOSBox[citation needed]

Notes

If DOSBox is configured to emulate a PCjr or Tandy computer, the game detects and uses the emulated PCjr/Tandy sound hardware for three-channel audio. This will simultaneously also force the game to run in 16 colour PCjr/Tandy graphics mode.
Patch the game for Adlib[4]}

Notes This is an experimental patch for Sierra's old AGI games, to makes them play three voice music and sound effects via a Adlib or Soundblaster compatible card.

King's Quest II Unofficial Remake[edit]

A complete and free remake of the game, it adds new VGA style graphics, dialogue, an updated Point-and-Click UI, and a complete soundtrack.

It can be found here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

The game auto detects the hardware on each startup. There is no configuration file.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
PC booter
DOS <path-to-game>\KQ2SG.*
Windows <path-to-game>\KQ2SG.*[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/10100/pfx/[Note 2]
These are the default paths used by the game. The save file location can be determined by the user

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
ScummVM 2.1+ supports cloud saves on third-party cloud storage services. See the ScummVM user manual for details.

Video[edit]

Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
All speech is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes Hercules, CGA, EGA, Tandy, VGA
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
64-bit requires a 64-bit build of ScummVM.

System requirements[edit]

PC booter
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Intel 8088
Intel 8086
System memory (RAM) 128 kB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) CGA, CGA Composite
DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2.11
Processor (CPU) Intel 8088
System memory (RAM) 256 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.5 MB
Video card (GPU) Hercules, CGA, EGA, Tandy
Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68000
System memory (RAM) 256 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD)

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).
  2. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/10100/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (10100) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References