Secret Agent HD got new levels, Steam Workshop support and more.
Classic shareware publisher Apogee Entertainment has unexpectedly released an HD remaster of the action platformer Secret Agent, released in the original version in 1992. Like last year’s HD processing of Crystal Caves, this new version offers much more than just HD graphics: in addition to the original levels, it has 16 new ones with new enemies, power-ups and more.
There’s also a level editor that works via Steam Workshop, online leaderboards and a new soundtrack, but fear not: you can switch between the old AdLib soundtrack and the new one, and the same goes for the graphical update itself.
It makes a lot of sense: Secret Agent used the same engine as Crystal Caves, and it’s pretty much just a sci-fi take on this older game. These old platformers may not be remembered for their gripping storyline, but it’s worth knowing that Secret Agent follows Agent 006’s adventures as he battles the Society of Devil’s Villains. Heavy, philosophical thing.
Secret Agent was really fun in the 90s when I couldn’t afford to buy games, so I limited myself to the first streak of dozens of shareware games. Has it stood the test of time? I’m not sure, but the pixel art is still beautiful (both original and HD) and it only costs $ 8 / £ 7.79 / AU $ 11.50 on Steam.
What’s next, Apogee? Maybe a remake of Cosmo? Rebooting A Monster Bash? The return of Bio Menace?