SIMON THE SORCERER II: THE LION, THE WIZARD, THE WARDROBE
Harry Potter? Harry Houdini? David Copperfield? No, it's Simon The Sorcerer in his Second PC Adventure (ScummVM)
Posted by Invisible on Dec 20, 2010 11:08 (Dec 20, 2010 11:08)
From there on in you have a game which seems to be hell bent on using ‘humour and puzzles' to sort out what ever disaster has befallen the poor lil’ mite. An example of the ‘humour’ would be going to Muc Swampy’s and talking to a guy in an anorak who happens to look and act like Dwayne Dibbly out of Red Dwarf. All that was missing was the 'Polymorph Thermos' and you have got in made, because adventure games parodies are so (un)funny when they miss the subtleties? You then have the option of ‘gross’ food and the sound of people being sick in the toilets, it’s hilarious ‘Rolls Eyes’
By the time that Simon has reached The Docks and insulted a racially stereotyped African (because they are funny right??? Must have missed that memo?) who makes it so his Rain-Dance causes a lightening strike and rain to appear above Simon, in a well worn gag from the days of Looney Tunes or Merry Melodies, I’d near as damn it given up.
It’s hard to underestimate how hating your main character completely detracts from the game you want to play. I don’t care for him nor his quest, conversely, nor do I want to punch his lights out. He has the kind of stale heat that X-Pac would have been proud of during the Invasion angle in 2001 ( Wrestling reference, X-Pac was hated because of who he was, despite being a 'good guy' by default at the time, No one liked anything he did). This is not a good thing, and makes caring about the rest of the game difficult because you are loathed to carry on with Simon being the way he is no matter how good the rest of the game.