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Saboteur! returns in upcoming remake

The 1985 original is getting a new lease of life.


SimFabric, in cooperation with Clive Towsend, is preparing a remake of Saboteur! - a well-known, 8-bit hit from yesteryear. The game will be released on November 9 (that's, like, tomorrow) on the Nintendo Switch.

If you're not aware of the original, here's a bit of context: Saboteur! is a vintage game created by Clive Townsend back in 1985 for the ZX Spectrum. In the same year, the game received the prestigious "The Crash Smash" award from the Crash magazine and received a grade of 93% - not too shabby.

Now, 33-years later, SimFabric has decided to revive the classic, and the creators have prepared some features that should appeal to retro fans. The game will include things like an original mission from the 1985 original. The studio, however, isn't relying on the nostalgia of older players and thus it is preparing a completely new story, levels, and enemies. Here's what the dev says is being added:

  • The original mission from 1985 in two versions: ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64

  • New levels

  • New enemies

  • New story

  • New soundtrack and music

  • Over 10 hours of gameplay

  • 5 times more content than the original version

  • 9 retro graphic modes

  • 8 language versions

  • 22 special achievements

  • Secrets and Easter-eggs to reveal