King's Quest 6 - Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima
(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

First Download the Free Game King's Quest 6:

Choose from one of the following sites.

Free game download availableXTC Abandonware : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableAbandonia : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableMr Old Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Free game download unavailableThe House of Games : Download Game : Download Instructions

Next Download & Install the Emulator Dosbox on Windows:

Go To: > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Next: Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\KQuest6. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Dosbox installation program
King's Quest 6 Windows folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the KQuest6 folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the King's Quest 6 game config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS command
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the Dosbox config file
Finally: With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\games\kquest6
cd kq6

Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Extract the King's Quest 6 Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the King's Quest 6 game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting zip file
Then: Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to save the extracted files, select "C:\Games\KQuest6" . When you're done click "Next" again and the files will begin to extract.

Zip extraction program

Return of the King:

King's Quest 6 screenshot
Double click on the Dosbox program in the "C:\Games\KQuest6" folder and the game King's Quest 6 will launch, enjoy!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


Anonymous said...

That's amazing, it works beautifully and flawlessly, and I've had a lot of trouble with this. The only issue is that there is no voice acting. Do you know where I can find a version with voice acting? Or, better yet, if there's a way to turn it on in the version that I downloaded (from your post)?

Anonymous said...

Same here, The game is awesome with sound and music which most of the other downloads I tried didnt have but still the voices dont work on this is there anyway to get them to? please reply to this because it would be wicked if i could hear these ridiculous voices from my childhood.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, I think this was probably due to file size constraints. XTC Abandonware probably omitted the voice files because it would have made the zip file huge and put a large burden on their download server when people went to download them due to bandwidth constraints. I looked around and it seems of the major abandonware site is XTC Abandonware that has the game for download right now. You might want to try eBay also as the price may be cheap on a used copy. Sorry I couldn't of more help on this.


Anonymous said...

hey glenn,

thanks for putting this online but i cant seem to get it to work. i followed instructions but when i launch DOSBox the game does not start up. In the black and white DOS screen im getting some errors. It says:

Z:\>mount c c:\games\kquest6
Drive C is mounted as local directory c:\games\kquest6\


C:\>cd kq6
Unable to change to: kq6.

Illegal command: sierra.


thanks a lot i hope we get this figured out its such a great game!

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi sorry for the delayed response. Did you download the game from XTC Abandonware or another site on the net? It sounds like Dosbox is looking for the kq6 folder and it's not there. You might want to try unzipping the game again and entering c:\games\kquest6 just to make sure you didn't mistype the destination by accident. I reinstalled the game using my instructions to make sure XTC isn't using a new file with a different file structure but everything went smoothly. Let me know if this helps.


Anonymous said...

I'm having trouble on the step where I change the configuration information. It tells me the file can't be found.

I don't suppose it is possible to skip this step?

Glenn Scrima said...

Are you referring to the config file for Dosbox or the game setup. You don't need to do any setup for the game itself but you need to enter the config settings for Dosbox. What step are you stuck on?


Anonymous said...

Hey I've finally managed to get the game installed and running!
Unfortunately there is no narration or voices .. and that was one of the best parts of the game! I have the music and the sound affects but no voices or narration. Does anyone know how I can correct this problem?
Thanks in advance.

Glenn Scrima said...

Hi, unfortunately most sites will remove these effects on games that are large in size to keep their servers from being overburdened. If you still have your old copy that can be run with Dosbox to. I have a guide on the site that shows the steps needed for this.


Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!! It took me about four hours to figure it out, but I did it. I originally bought the game about ten years ago and of course lost it. After hours of searching, I was tempted to just buy another copy. But, I found a link to your site. I'm so thrilled to be able to play it again! Thanks again for the help.

Glenn Scrima said...

No problem, I felt the same way when I got the first of a bunch of games, The Pandora Directive, working back before I started the site. I got to hand it to the guys who created Dosbox it is a life saver to all of us classic gamers. Enjoy playing King's Quest 6 again!


Anonymous said...

Here is how to get sound:

You can get sound by running install instead of sierra. install allows you to setup your hardware. here you can move to the voice sound area and select a working sound card format thing. Sound blaster should work for most people. Sadly, the only part of the floppy version that is voiced over is the opening cartoon. After that it's text. (according to wikipedia)

to get the narration you need the CD version that was release a few years later. If you can find this version, you should be able to mount it with DOS Box in a similar fashion.

Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Edit: by sound I mean voice over.

Vince said...

works great even with the french version of the game! Tough, is there a way to play on FULL SCREEN?

Simone Wigney said...

Hi! First i would like to say a massive thankyou your site has helped me soooo much lol. But now im stuck i have been trying for hours over and over to download and play Kings Quest 7 the princeless bride... pllleeease tell me u can work your magic on this one too? Sincerly Simone =)