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Remembering The Witcher's Terrible Phone Game, For Some Reason

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The Witcher series has produced some pretty good games! Let’s not kid ourselves, though, and pretend every Witcher game has been an all-time great. Because that would mean you, like me, had forgotten all about The Witcher: Crimson Trail, released all the way back in 2007.

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It was a phone game developed by a third-party studio (Breakpoint), and being a phone game in 2007 meant that it wasn’t a fancy iPhone game like we’d get today. It was instead a terrible Java experience built for old-fashioned phones that was so limited you could only enter one command at a time, because those phone couldn’t support you hitting both left and up on the keys at the same time.

It also had a dogshit framerate and some scrolling effects that would make your eyes explode, but somehow those are only minor concerns next to some massive design missteps.

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You can see it in action in this video by minimme below.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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DISCUSSION

The spritework isn’t so bad. It could be made into a retro style Metroidvania still!