This week, Microsoft finally unleashed backwards compatibility on Xbox One for original Xbox titles. The first 13 games that are part of that program are available as we speak. Next week, Abstraction Games is going a step further; they're releasing a compilation of three classic 80's 8-bit adventure games in one bundle under the guise of 8-Bit Adventure Anthology (Volume One)
The first title to be included in the anthology is 1987's Shadowgate
, which places players into the titular ruined castle that is now home of the evil Warlock Lord. As the Seed of Prophecy, the "last of a great line of hero-kings", you must defeat the Warlock and prevent him from summoning the demon Behemoth if the world is to survive.
The second title is 1986's The Uninvited
. After your car crashes when you swerve to avoid a figure in the middle of the road, your sister mysteriously disappears. You need to investigate the nearby haunted mansion to find both your sister and some help.
The final title is 1985's Déjà Vu
. The year is 1942 and the player wakes up in a bathroom stall with no idea who they are or how they got there. There's a .38 hanging on the door with three bullets missing, and upstairs there's a body that just happens to have been shot three times. Solve the murder before you're framed for its perpetration.
To celebrate the impending arrival of the three titles, the developer has designed the game's website
to be its own classic "point-n’-click" game. Here players are thrown back in time to a bedroom that is typical of the 80's. Upon solving puzzles, interacting with objects and locating the three hidden game cartridges in the bedroom, players will unlock free demos of all three of the titles in the anthology. Why don't you try before you buy? The anthology itself will be arriving on Xbox One on October 31st.