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)
To be fair the rest of the game is good, well the graphics are good as are ‘some’ of the gags. The music is akin to having nails screeched down a chalkboard for the duration and luckily on the version of ScummVM I was playing this on there appeared to be no actual voices, something of a blessing if the other reviews are to be believed. Apparently It is like a Siren’s Wail but in reverse. Nice.
There are better examples out there, for example on interactions alone The Ur Quan Masters/ Star Control II has better exposition and silly humour, the Lucas Arts adventures have a much better experience as the lead characters are usually not insufferable like Simon, nor do they have as much head scratching: the puzzles are genuinely solvable without resorting to tearing your hair out in most of the other games, unlike this one.
Overall, Simon The Sorcerer II: The Lion, The Wizard and the Wardrobe to give it its full name, could have been something excellent. The creators have obviously put a lot of time and effort into it and it could have been so much better. A likable protagonist may well have saved it. It’s not as even as if Simon is showing teenage angst which would be okay given his age. Its non-stop from the get go and never seems to relent, something that will put many gamers off. Shame.