‘The Magic Circle’ could be the best fake remake of a game that never existed

The Magic Circle, announced today, is a PC remake of a 1980s text adventure. The new game is being developed by the original game’s author, Ishmael Gilder, who promises to “bring everything you have ever imagined to life.” Except he doesn’t actually promise that, because Ishmael Gilder doesn’t exist. Neither does the 1980s text adventure on which the game is purportedly based. The Magic Circle isn’t a remake at all. It’s a game about game development, set in a half-complete game full of glitches, bugs, and remnants of half-formed ideas.

The (real-world) player controls The Magic Circle‘s hero. The hero is the only person left that can work toward completing the game’s development, as its overly ambitious creators bicker and argue among…

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