I'm surprised Kings' Quest 7 isn't hated as much as it should be. Don't get me wrong, I don't care for 8 either. The best King's Quest games are IV, V, and VI. But I think too many people like 7 more than they should. Let's be honest. Mask of Eternity wasn't the ruination of King's Quest, though it was certainly a terrible King's Quest game, it was Princeless Bride. There are numerous reasons I feel this way.
1. Too cutesy: Don't get me wrong. I love cutesy stuff. King's Quest 1-6 had plenty of cutesy stuff. But none of it was overdone, over the top cutesy. Fairy-tales are dark and dreary, as well as cute. Three had cute elements like the three bears, but it also had very dark elements, child slavery. Two had a Hagatha, a cannibal. Six had cute elements like the Isle of Wonders and the garden, but it also had dark elements like the Isle of the Dead and murder.
2. Lame Villain: Malicia is an awful villain. She's like something from a Saturday morning cartoon. Let's look at five. Five had Mordack, someone you didn't want to mess with, one scary wizard with a vendetta. Six had Abdul Allhazarad, a treacherous advisor who had murdered the king and queen so as to wed the princess and then possibly kill her off. Four had Lolita, another nasty villainess who had Rosella do her evil bidding and terrorized Genesta. Three had Manannan, a wizard who kidnapped children, made them into slaves, and then killed them when they reached eighteen.
3. Rosella the brat: What happened to the Rosella I loved in King's Quest IV, who saved Tamir and her father? She's been made into a valley-girl, a whiny brat! When she talks she gives me a migraine. Her bad Sound-of-Music like song at the beginning doesn't help either. Except, Sound of Music was actually good.
4. Too cartoony: The previous games had somewhat of a cartoon feel, but more in a serious nature. Their graphics made the fairy tale lands feel a bit enchanted and magical. This game is more like a bad rendition of Disney.
There you have it. Mask of Eternity isn't that great, and is one of my least favorites. But I'm a little bewildered at the people who praise Princeless Bride so much. It's really not that great of a game, and, if I may be frank, a disgrace to the previous King's Quest games.