Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Simon the Sorcerer Review

Simon the Sorcerer has had many adventures over the years, but the original still remains the best.

The game follows a British teenager named Simon, who is transported to a magical world when he follows his dog into the attic.  He soon finds himself on a quest to become a sorcerer, so he can save the wizard who has seemed to have brought him there.

The game's premise is pretty bare, but it is bolstered by its humorous take on the game's magical world.  From the ogres trying to make Simon into a stew, to the creatures in the forest, there is plenty of humorous whimsy to be found.  The entire Simon the Sorcerer series is a bit rough around the edges, simply because Simon is a bit of a harsh protagonist.  However, Simon's voice actor delivers his lines in a way that manages to make him a character that you root for, despite his shortcomings. It also helps that Simon's sadism is toned down a lot here compared to his future outings.

Some of the games in the series can get a bit crazy with the logic of its puzzles, but, the puzzles here are quite well done.  This game is often regarded as a classic, and the presentation has a lot to do with that.  The art style is fantastic.  The backgrounds have a lot of detail despite their low resolution.  The animations of Simon and the other characters are also fantastic.  They art in this game easily stands up with the best that Sierra and LucasArts had to offer at the time.  The music also helps to set the tone of the game, including a memorable title song that is bolstered by some fantastic credit animation.

Simon's first outing is by far his most welcoming.  The humor can get a bit dark, but it's no where near the level of the sadism that Simon shows in later games.  The game's presentation is where it really shines.  The art style, voice acting, music, and puzzles are all well done.  Simon the Sorcerer is a game that is worth playing for any adventure game fan.

Final Verdict:

4½ out of 5

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