Save King's Quest IX.
Ever since personal computers became powerful enough to run graphics-intensive action games, adventure games like the ones once produced by Sierra On-Line
, Space Quest
, Leisure Suit Larry
, and countless other titles) and LucasArts
, Monkey Island
, Sam & Max Hit The Road
) have been in decline--most of the series have been abandoned, King's Quest
was awkwardly morphed into an unsuccessful first-person fighting game, and Sam & Max 2
was famously cancelled (and, less famously, uncancelled
In the last couple of years, the genre's gotten a shot in the arm from an active emulation community
, the ready availability of "abandonware
," but mostly from unauthorized sequels
created by fans and distributed for free. The flagship of these new games was to have been King's Quest IX
, a three-part finale to the series that wrapped up all outstanding loose ends and properly said goodbye to the characters. The project team included forty people, some of whom worked on the game for more than four years. And, at the end of October, Vivendi Universal (which bought, then disbanded Sierra On-Line) pulled the plug
posted by Epenthesis
on Nov 15, 2005 -
Sometimes beautiful games just get screwed in the sequels... But thanks to obsessive fans, it doesn't have to be that way anymore!
are OpenGL/SDL updates of (in my opinion) the best first-person-shooters of all time.
Xenocide, still in progress, and UFO2000
are overhauls of the classic X-COM
, UFO Defense.
And finally, Anacreon Reconstructed
is a graphical update of Anacreon: Reconstruction, an amazing old ASCII game about inter-galactic empire building.
Know any other good Indie overhauls of classic games?
posted by kaibutsu
on Aug 28, 2004 -