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Monday, September 18, 2000

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Simon 3D Q&A
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The German site Adventure Treff has interviewed the lead designer for HeadFirst's series of Simon the Sorcerer adventure games, Simon Woodroffe. They discuss their past titles (Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2) as well as their upcoming game, Simon the Sourcerer 3D. All of HeadFirst's Simon games have been well-received by adventure/puzzle game lovers for their fun graphics and quirky sense of humor. Here's an interesting clip from the Q&A about Simon 3D:

A-T: Development of Simon the Sorcerer 3 has first started in 2D, but later on you decided to turn the game into 3D? Why did you take this decision?

Simon: Due to simple lack of publisher interest. Nobody would put up the cash to develop a 2d adventure game. We spent a long time looking but eventually decided to take a different route.

A-T: Some adventurers from the old days might be a little bit afraid about the new 3D technology... What can you say to calm them down?

Simon: Play Simon 3D and they'll be surprised. It feels just like a 2d adventure game in a different world. The puzzles, characters and situation that Simon finds himself in are just as before.

It's a bit sad that publishers will only fund efforts for the new 3D standard, especially when many genres still seem to favor a 2D world. We're sure that HeadFirst can make a good 3D adventure game though, and look forward to seeing their efforts. Currently the German company Epic Interactive is bringing Simon the Sorcerer 2 to the Mac, with Simon 3D to follow early next year.

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