To become a wizard, you need dedication, talent and no small amount of bravery. To join the wizard council however requires something altogether more heroic. And so it falls to the young and promising wizard Hocus Pocus to prove to the other wizards that he deserves a place by their side as a respected, powerful caster of the arcane.
Plus there wouldn't be much of a game if they just let him in without any fuss, would there?
Not to be confused with the movie of the same name, Hocus Pocus was one of a number of Apogee published platformers that had with them a certain style. Mainly released in the 90's, they were often solid titles that were fun to play. A few of the games from that era spawned franchises that lasted a long time after their initial incarnation although some of them have since fallen to the wayside while others have risen again from obscurity in modern day. While Hocus Pocus had no sequel as far as I know, it's still a game I'm very fond of and hopefully with this Let's Play I'll go some way to explaining why.
Hocus Pocus and many games of that era embraced the shareware model by consisting of multiple episodes. This allowed the first chapter to be released for free to be shared and played as much as you liked with details on how to order the game contained within the menus and certain screens advertising it. Shareware had many strengths over what most people class these days as demos which were what eventually killed the shareware model. With the change to early access, open betas and showing footage of the game in trailers and reveals, even demos themselves have fallen by the wayside. Still, with games like Hocus Pocus you can get an idea of what Shareware was like.
Discworld II: Missing Presumed...!? is the sequel to the original Discworld video game, once again delving into the maddening world of the Disc. Created by the same company, it takes the first game and improves on many of the features while retaining the humor and tone of the original. We once again take up the mantle of Rincewind the Wizzard and his ever faithful Luggage as he tries once again to get himself out a mess that is only slightly his own doing and yet seems to demand all of his attention while putting him far too close to perilous situations when he'd rather just stay at home and hide from all danger - preferably under a table.
What more can be said about the world of Discworld? Buckle your seat belts and start collecting seemingly random items, it's time to take the fourth wall and smash it even worse then the Broken Drums hanging sign.