This ad features another entry in the turn-of-the-millennium retro game remake sweepstakes. This time it’s Sinistar getting the reboot treatment, the 1982 Williams arcade classic by Sam Dicker, pictured below the ad in 1984.
Ultima: The Reconstruction is a website listing known remakes of Ultima, the classic RPG series by Lord British (Richard Garriott). Some of the projects are abandoned, some are in active development, and some are completed. One or two are homegrown engines, but most are mods or reskins that require having the computer versions of games such as Dungeon Siege or Oblivion.
All of them, however, are loving testaments to one of the most revered RPG series of all time.
The gang at AGD Interactive have taken it upon themselves to remake several classic Sierra-Online adventures, and have just released their makeover of King’s Quest III: To Heir is Human, originally released by Sierra in 1986. The game graphics aren’t completely modernized to today’s standards, but are a nice SVGA overhaul. The addition of a point-and-click interface, as opposed to the original’s text parser, is also greatly appreciated.
It also retains the original’s epic story of a royal baby stolen and a quest to regain a rightful place on the throne. It was with KQIII that the storytelling powers of creator Roberta Williams really began to come into full blossom.
At a grand total of free, the price can’t be beat. Available for the PC and Mac.
The iOS version of the much-beloved Bitmap Brothers game, originally released for the much-beloved Amiga computer platform in 1990 under the name Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe, is available for purchase in the app store today.
While receiving a slight graphical overhaul, play looks remarkably similar to how things went down in the arena back in the day: fast and brutal.