What is old is new again. That has never been more true than with games. Especially when IP holders work to update their old games and make them better for modern gamers to enjoy. That is exactly what is going on with Simon the Sorcerer which is seeing a 25th Anniversary Edition coming to both GoG.com and Steam. Improved graphics and gameplay will be included as well as the originals for those that wish to go on pixel hunts.
The Simon the Sorcerer 1 follows the adventures of Simon, a normal boy that is magically transported to a parallel dimension and immediately is set on a quest. This quest involves saving the wizard called Calypso from the bad sorcerer named Sordid. Notice any similarities with another classic story yet?
Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe details the actions of the evil wizard Sordid who is back. This little detail happens because another wizard wanted to get on the fast track to greatness – inadvertently bringing back Sordid. Excellent job young wizard. Excellent job.
The Simon games are full of spoofs and comedic takes on other stories such as The Lord of the Rings and Jack and the Beanstalk to name a couple.
Both games will see improvements over their original releases. These improvements include:
New game play controls built from the ground up
Hotspot based play (no more pixel hunting)
New icons and animations
Actions tied to the right-click
New game menus
New save/load system
High-end Graphics upscaling (can be turned off)
Optional retro settings that include original graphics, sound, and controls.
Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2 25th Anniversary Editions will be available April 3rd on GoG.com and Steam. Yes, you read that right, it appears that each game will made available separately rather than a combo release.