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Simon the Sorcerer 4: Chaos Happens (Windows)

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Description

Wisecracks, satire and humor abound in this comical adventure of Simon, a young wizard known for his wit and sarcasm even in the face of disaster.

During a sibling quarrel, an accident happens and Simon's mind transcends into another dimension. There, he meets the lovely Alix, daughter of the wizard Calypso, who begs Simon to help save their world from an impending danger. Upon regaining consciousness, he realizes that he must return to that parallel world and do what he can. When he arrives he discovers that an impostor has taken his place and is causing havoc including causing Alix to distrust him. Who is this other Simon really and what does he intend to do?

At first, players take the role of Simon as they explore the various locations in this new world. As the game progresses, switching to another character is possible. There are a multitude of new people for Simon to meet and exchange dialog with, as well as some familiar faces. All characters are voiced and lip-synched in their graphic close-ups. Puzzles consist of standard adventure fare for which players must find inventory objects and solve character related problems. One cannot die, there are no timed sequences, and no labyrinths.

Graphics include two-dimensional backgrounds with fully-modeled characters. Original, electronic music plays in the background throughout. Controls are different in Simon 4 compared to its predecessor. Both mouse buttons control Simon's actions in a point and click system. Keyboard shortcuts are used only for several "quick" commands to access menus and the like. Walking short distances is problem-free since Simon runs by double-clicking the mouse. Travelling to the far reaches of the world is eased with the aid of an interactive map. The game also features an in-game hint system.

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Simon the Sorcerer 4: Chaos Happens Windows Note the red hood riding the skateboard.
Simon the Sorcerer 4: Chaos Happens Windows Double Simon
Simon the Sorcerer 4: Chaos Happens Windows Welcome back, Simon!
Simon the Sorcerer 4: Chaos Happens Windows Simon

Alternate Titles

  • "Simon the Sorcerer: Chaos Is the Spice of Life" -- Avonquest release title
  • "Simon the Sorcerer: Chaos ist das halbe Leben" -- German title
  • "Simon the Sorcerer 4: Заколдованный мир" -- Russian spelling
  • "Simon Le Sorcier 4 : En Proie au Chaos" -- French title

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User Reviews

Nice game, but it's not Simon Ingsoc (659) 2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars2.67 Stars

The Press Says

Adventure Classic Gaming Nov 01, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gamigo Mar 26, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Feb 28, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Gamers.at Mar 16, 2007 78 out of 100 78
JeuxVideoPC.com Apr 28, 2007 13 out of 20 65
Jolt (UK) Apr 19, 2008 6.2 out of 10 62
Eurogamer.net (UK) Apr 07, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Games TM May, 2008 5 out of 10 50
Aventura y Cía Jun 15, 2008 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Adventure Gamers Mar 03, 2009 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Jeanne (75624) added Simon the Sorcerer 4: Chaos Happens (Windows) on May 14, 2007