Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe (DOS)

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Written by  :  Depth Lord (943)
Written on  :  Jul 21, 2004
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

'Only girls wear pony tails in this dimension' - The ironmonger

The Good

Simon is back, isnt that good enough? The game is real funny, longer than the first one and more colourful. There is a real good improvement, pushing F5 discovers all the hot-spots in the screen, something really useful as some of the things are well hidden. There are some returning characters from the first game, but im not going to tell you who, i hate to spoil that kind of things. Lots of puns and well done dialogues (except for a few...) one real memorable is the talk with the pirate captain (what a character!) when i was imprisoned, i faced one of the funniest moments i remember from a videogame, discover it yourself.

The Bad

I saw Simon's personality changed, in Sts2 he becomes more insultant, don't get me wrong, i like when Simon irritates almost all of the characters in the game, but there are some dialogues that just suck and are totally out of sense, like the one when you are signing to enter the magic tournament (yeah, that thing about dog shit) i found it more childish than anything. The tropical island part was also nonesense and didnt fit very well (what the hell does that coffee shop there?) i know it's a parody humorous game, but those things look like if they were added just because they didnt know how to manage some puzzles. There are puzzles that really got me too much time thinking (like the one of the three balloons). And other thing, there are a couple of real annoying bugs in the dos version, when you are in the pirate ship and dont do the actions in a determinate order you get stuck and can't go on!

The Bottom Line

It doesn't reach the first Simon game but it's really fine for those who were hungry for more after they finished Simon the Sorcerer 1.