Gee, it sure is boring around here. But don’t fret, because we’ve got a brand new adventure to look forward to. Developed by the cleverly titled Seedy Eye Software and published by Limited Run Games, Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore is an action-platformer inspired by the legacy of the two infamous 90’s Zelda games on the Philips CD-i.
1993’s Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon for the Philips CD-i are often regarded as the black sheep of the series due to their negative reception and odd origins; Nintendo themselves have never acknowledged these games, let alone the company's partnership with Philips. The oddly animated cutscenes from these titles has led to many online parodies and spoofs that date back to the early days of YouTube. Although they couldn’t land a spot in Hyrule Historia, the CD-i games have definitely cemented themselves in internet history.
Arzette will feature all of the charm from the CD-i titles - such as the oddly animated cutscenes and similar type of gameplay - while taking place in a completely new fantasy world. The talented team includes developer Seth “Dopply” Fulkerson, composer Jake “Button Masher” Silverman (best known for being part of the award-winning 8-Bit Big Band), and designer John Linneman. Additionally, several people who were involved with the original Zelda CD-i games will be lending their talents to this new game. These include Faces of Evil artist Rob Dunlavey, and even the voice talents of Jeffrey Rath and Bonniejean Wilbur, who voiced Link and Zelda respectively in the CD-i games.
Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore is coming to consoles and PC later this year. You can watch the trailer for yourself below:
LRG3 as whole featured a stellar lineup of announcements, including (but not limited to) Arzette, a re-release of Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties, a physical release of Castlevania Advance Collection collection, the return of the original Gex trilogy, an enhanced port of the horror game Clock Tower that will be developed by WayForward, and Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution (the lost sequel to the original Shantae game). The full LRG3 presentation can be viewed here.
Author’s Note: I can’t believe my eyes. A true continuation of the games whose silly cutscenes really captivated me as a kid. It's surprising to see Zelda CD-i return in a way. I’m hoping that Arzette will have just as legendary of a presence online as Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon did. I’m pretty broke right now, though - I’ll have to buy it when I’m a little richer.
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