The original Art & Magic game AGONY is one of the best games I have ever played on my Amiga and yes that was thanks to the setting, graphics, music and the usual top-notch presentation seen in most Psygnosis games at the time and yes I find it rather amazing that neither Psygnosis or SONY ever went on an did a follow-up or a remake or whatever.
That was until 2016… when this PC title happened…
A now four-year-old remake and this is the first time I hear about it? Well, I might have heard about it before but yes I never bother much with stuff released on PC as I am after all still 100% ANTI PC and don’t want anything to do with anything except the Amiga so that’s maybe why I have not bothered much with this title and yes even though I am writing about it now doesn’t mean that I have tried the game or whatever now.
I have only watched Youtube videos and while I liked the idea of a remake and whatnot I must say that the hype faded quite quickly after watching the first videos, there ain’t much wrong with it but as with so many other remakes out there the game feels bland, wrong and very little of the magic from the original game is seen nowhere in the videos.
The demo is only from the first level of the game and while it bears striking resemblance to the original game in some places there are still many questionable things in the artistic approach and choice of colours and style that to me made the whole thing look wrong and bad.
The project is an unofficial thing and one should not expect too much from it but the guy behind it all must have worked very hard on it and believe me, it shows and I bet this could have ended up as a mighty fine game in the end if it had been continued on as the key formula is in place and some adjusting here and there could turn the whole thing into something really wonderful.
The video shows a few other negative things too, the music feels wrong and the owl itself seems out of place in the graphics style.
I am well aware that this was just a demo and so on and that this might not represent the actual finished product if there had been one but yes when working on old classics like this one there are lots of minefields and fans that can overreact to just about everything and I am sorry for being one of those but I got my hopes up when I saw the trailer and thought WOAH!… After watching the trailer 3 times I am just thinking meh really.
More info and a download link are found here, I hope you enjoy it more than I enjoyed the videos.
As a final note to the developer and the fans out there, I really wanted to like this and I am pretty sure I would love it if it had got a few changes. Keep in mind that I have only seen videos of it and not played the actual demo. Oh and finally, I love that the dev went out and did this demo, the creativity showed is a great start and I can not imagine what kind of magic he will do next.Follow Us... Inspire Us To Get Better... Keep The Flame Alive