I'm sure I've mentioned Shadow of the Beast a few times over the years... and can you blame me? The ultra-difficult series side-scrollers featured some of the best soundtracks you'll hear on retro platforms, though without an emulator (and the appropriate disk images), it's impossible to enjoy the combined experience of old-school graphics, gameplay and tunes. That was until a fellow by the name of "darkfalzx" came up with modern, faithful ports of all three games.
Called "Shadow of the Beast Legacy", the focus has been on crafting an "engine", rather than filling out content and as a result, only the first title is considered playable at "97% complete". My personal favourite, Shadow of the Beast 3 is only 65 per cent complete, but that includes the level one, by far the most memorable part and good enough if you just want some of the nostalgia feels.
Bad news is when I tried to download the Windows version of the port, I was met with a 509 error from Dropbox — apparently the account is "generating too much traffic" and so the links have been disabled. On the bright side, builds are available for Linux, Mac and Android, as well as the Ouya if you have one lying around.
Shadow of the Beast Legacy : Popular remake gets another update! [Indie Retro News, via Boing Boing]
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