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King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow (1992)

A prince has little time before the princess he loves is harmed. He must travel throughout her kingdom and try to mend the feuds there in order to save her.

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Credited cast:
Robby Benson ... Prince Alexander (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheryl Bernstein ... Queen Valanice / Princess Rosella / Lady Aeriel / White Chess Queen / Black Widow (voice)
Townsend Coleman ... Vizier Abdul Alhazred / Shamir Shamazel / Lord Azure / Ferryman / Beast / Minotaur (voice)
Ron Feinberg ... King Caliphim / Lord of the Dead / Gruff (voice)
Dave Fennoy ... Pawnshop Owner (voice) (as David Fennoy)
Linda Gary Linda Gary ... Oracle / Red Chess Queen / Mother Ghost / Queen Allaria (voice) (as Linda Grey)
Tony Jay ... Captain Saladin / Gate / Arch Druid / Lamp Trader (voice)
Josh Mandel Josh Mandel ... King Graham / Shamir Shamazel / Oxymoron / Druid / Guard Dog (voice)
Chuck McCann ... Jollo / Bookworm / Bump-on-a-Log / Woof (voice)
Don Messick ... Ali / Gnomes (voice)
Patrick Pinney Patrick Pinney ... Winged One / Diphthong (voice)
David Prince David Prince ... Dangling Participle / Stick-in-the-mud (voice)
Bill Ratner ... Narrator (voice)
Neil Ross ... Chess Knights (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Beauty / Lady Celeste / Ghost Child / Oyster (voice)


Prince Alexander of Daventry (Robbie Benson) travels to a kingdom of islands after he sees the distressed image of the lady he loves, Princess Cassima, in a magic mirror. He arrives to find all of the islands fighting, Cassima locked away, her parents killed, and everything is under the hand of an evil vizier. In order to rescue both the princess and her home, Alexander must reunite the islands and find a way into the castle before Cassima is forced to marry the vizier. Written by Max Vaughn

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Release Date:

22 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Many items in the pawn shop refer to obstacles from the previous games: bridge repair kit and garlic for vampire resilience - King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne (1985); cat-cookie mix, magic mirror glass cleaner and box of "Enchanted Sorcerer's Flea and Tick Collars" - King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human (1986); golden bridle finder, tongue climbing gear, uvula tickler, shovel for grave digging, stair traction pads and shark repellant - King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (1988); hull-hole detector for finding holes in small sailboats, self-adhesive emeralds, cheese hook, bottle of "Owl Courage Potion" for spineless owls, miniature carpet cleaner for castles-in-a-bottle and bird's nest soup mix (treasure not included) - King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder (1990). See more »


After Alexander hides behind a pillar from the 2 guard dogs. He hears them talking, then the Narrator informs the player about the woman screaming which Alexander shouts "Cassima!" which would've given Alexander hiding spot away, notified the 2 guard dogs where Alexander is hiding, it would've likely resulted in Alexander getting arrested and thrown in the dungeon and the player would've got a game over message. However the game continues on as normal despite Alexander's accidental yelling as it's possible that Alexander was thinking it in his head and didn't say it out loud knowing the guard dogs would hear. See more »


Narrator: Alexander picks up the two bones on the ground. Now what do these bones remind him of?
Prince Alexander: Ah, yes! Now I remember!
[Alexander plays a song called Dem Bones]
Narrator: The skeletons are overcome with the musical call of the bones. They begin to jiggle, then to dance!
[the 2 Skeleton Guards, The Ticket Taker Skeleton and Skeleton Gatekeeper dance around and the skeleton key flies loose from the key ring on the ground while the 3 skeletons dance together]
Narrator: Alexander finishes his tune and the skeletons resume ...
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Alternate Versions

In the 1997 Kings Quest Collection. A Windows 95 version features high resolution graphics portraits of Characters Such as Prince Alexander and other characters, even the icons and items are featured in high detail graphics. However after the end of the voice acting Wedding scene. The game crashes and shows the end credits but it only had the instrumental song "Girl in the Tower" in the Text version end credits. However, this version won't work in the Windows XP or 7 mode. See more »


Referenced in King's Quest II: Romancing the Stones (2002) See more »


Girl in the Tower
Music by Mark Seibert
Lyrics by Jane Jensen
Performed by Bob Bergthold and Debbie Seibert
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Alexander's Magic Map, Indeed
11 March 2017 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

There are some video games that, when played as a child, will capture your imagination and hold it forever. The adventures of Prince Alexander of Daventry in the Land of the Green Isles is exactly one of those games.

For a basic game summary, the King's Quest VI storyline sees King Graham take a back seat in adventuring to son Alexander, who, in his longing for a young maiden seen in the magic mirror, sets off on a quest to find the young lady. Alexander's travels take him to a chain of exotic, yet politically turmoiled, islands from which the search for fair Cassima takes many exciting twists.

In terms of controls, this game takes the same form as KQ5, that being point and click. Think of it as "Myst Lite" from a third-person perspective. As Alexander, you basically go around solving "simple" (or not so simple!) logic puzzles, except (unlike Myst) the puzzles are based not on mechanical devices but on crazy cartoon characters and exotic locals. You'll find yourself, in this game alone, meeting a bookworm, participating in an honest to goodness fairytale, scaling a cliff, and entering the underworld, among other places.

What makes this game the best of the entire KQ series, though, is the cleaning out of bugs and great storyline. From the very beginning, you (the player) are drawn into Alexander's moreso than any King Graham adventure. The voice acting is superb, the characters are all interesting, and the plot unfolds in a way that keeps you involved yet challenged to find "the next thing". Also, no more "Heap Space" error, or missing something in the very beginning that cuts you down in the end. By and large, this game won't let you move on to the next adventure until you have all the required supplies/experience. It isn't perfect, but it isn't nearly as infuriating as its predecessors could be in that area.

Overall, the simple fact is that King's Quest 6 remains one of the most purely entertaining video games I have ever played. I have probably played the game through at least 4-5 times all the way through (introducing various family/friends to Alexander and his magic map!) and it never gets old. The perfect blend of drama, action, adventure, puzzling, and just pure wholesome fun!

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