Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe

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Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe
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Developer(s) Adventure Soft
Publisher(s) Adventure Soft
Designer(s) Simon Woodroffe
Series Simon the Sorcerer
Platform(s) Amiga, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, MS-DOS
Release 1995
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe is an adventure game created by Adventure Soft released in 1995. It is the second in the Simon the Sorcerer series of games.

Plot[edit]

The Evil wizard Sordid is brought back to life when a magic-book of his is set ablaze and thrown into the middle of a chalkboard pentagram by the father of Runt, a young boy wanting to become a mighty sorcerer. Sordid promises him that he can become his apprentice if he helps him exact his vengeance on Simon.

Several months later, Sordid's Fortress of Doom is reconstructed and Sordid has a new robotic body. He sends a magical wardrobe to fetch Simon but it accidentally ends up on the doorstep of Calypso, the wizard Simon had to save in the last game. Simon then starts to look for a fuel called mucusade which he needs to power the wardrobe in order to get home.

Releases[edit]

The PC sequel was released in a large black box and, like the original, the copy-protected floppy disk version required the manual to be able to play the game. Unlike the disk version, the CD-ROM was not copy-protected, its colour manual fit in the front of the jewel case and also included the full "talkie" soundtrack. For this second installment in the series, Brian Bowles became the voice of Simon, making him sound much older, presumably in his late-teens.

The Amiga version was originally scheduled for release alongside the PC version in 1995, but was cancelled, possibly because of the decline of the Amiga market. The rights for the Amiga release were eventually secured by Epic Interactive Entertainment (now RuneSoft) in 1999, who released it on CD in July 2000 in a DVD-style case[citation needed].

The game was released on GOG.com[1] in 2008 and a port for iOS was released in 2009 and discontinued Mid-2015, due to lack of iOS 8 and up support.

New 25th Anniversary Edition was developed by MojoTouch and released on Google Play[2] and Amazon Appstore.[3] in 2013 (then called "20th Anniversary Edition") and on the App Store (iOS),[4] Steam[5] and GOG.com[1] in 2018. This edition includes new hotspots-based controls, new high definition menus with save/load system and different settings, improved graphics upscaling (xBRZ filter), full voice acting with subtitles, multi-language support and some bonus material.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings80%[6]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Datormagazin5/5 stars[7]
Amiga Active4/4 stars[8]
Adventure Classic Gaming4/5 stars (PC)[9]

The game has sold over 600,000 copies worldwide.[9]

In 2011, Adventure Gamers named Simon the Sorcerer II the 88th-best adventure game ever released.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Simon the Sorcerer 2: 25th Anniversary Edition". GOG.com. 
  2. ^ "Simon the Sorcerer - Mucusade - Apps on Google Play". play.google.com. 
  3. ^ "Amazon.com: Simon the Sorcerer 2: 20th Anniversary Edition: Appstore for Android". www.amazon.com. 
  4. ^ "Simon the Sorcerer - Mucusade on the App Store". App Store. 
  5. ^ "Simon the Sorcerer 2: 25th Anniversary Edition on Steam". store.steampowered.com. 
  6. ^ "Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, The Wizard and The Wardrobe - PC". GameRankings. Archived from the original on 15 April 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Simon the Sorcerer 2 review from Datormagazin Vol 1995 No 13 (Oct 1995) - Amiga Magazine Rack" (13). October 1995: 60, 61. Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Simon the Sorcerer 2 review from Amiga Active 17 (Feb 2001) - Amiga Magazine Rack" (17). February 2001: 53–55. Archived from the original on 11 January 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Zoltán Ormándi (22 September 1999). "Simon the Sorcerer II - The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe". Adventure Classic Gaming. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  10. ^ AG Staff (December 30, 2011). "Top 100 All-Time Adventure Games". Adventure Gamers. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012. 

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