Limited Run Games has essentially picked up one of YouTube’s cult video genres, sometimes using scenes from three particular Philips CD-i games.
But first, let’s talk about the game. Here’s an overview by Seedy Eye Software: “Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore is a spiritual successor to a pair of infamous fantasy adventure titles. It is a new interactive animated adventure where players must help Arzette save the Kingdom of Faramore from the evil demon king, Daimur. Players will accompany Arzette on her journey across the Kingdom of Faramore. During her journey, she will destroy foes, unlock new areas, acquire powerful items, and find secrets, all to destroy the world-threatening demon king Daimur. Every area in Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore has a unique, hand-painted background produced by talented artists, including one of the artists from the games that inspired Arzette, Rob Dunlavey.
Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore features dozens of fully-voiced traditionally animated cutscenes produced in a beloved style familiar to fans of the games Arzette was inspired by. In his fully-scored game debut, award-winning musician Jake “Button Masher” Silverman composed an excellent soundtrack. In addition, voice actors from the games Arzette is inspired by, including Jeffrey Rath and Bonniejean Wilbur, have returned for new roles. The game’s developed by Seth “Dopply” Fulkerson, a passionate developer with experience in this genre. Assisting him are talented, passionate contributors, including a design contribution by John Linneman.” Linneman’s name could be familiar as one of the Digital Foundry editors, and he’s behind DF Retro, too.
The three games we’ve been talking about are Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, Link: The Faces of Evil, and Hotel Mario, because Philips got The Legend of Zelda and Mario IPs from Nintendo via the CD-ROM deal between them, and it’s mainly the two Zelda games that inspired the project. Link and Zelda’s voice actors were explicitly mentioned, but Dunlavey also worked on the games as one of the designers. The studio developing the game has an apparent reference in its name (Seedy Eye Software… CD-i).
Without YouTube Poops (videos that are remixed, cut, and edited by the video makers, with audio and video tracks often based on random humor), Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore might never have been made, and it’s coming this year to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.