It’s hard to believe that a Game Boy Color port of Capcom’s 1996 survival horror hit Resident Evil was once in production.
Developed by London based studio HotGen, co-founded by Fergus ‘Probe’ McGovern, the project was said to have reached 90% completion before Capcom pulled the plug, citing concerns about its quality.
Well a fundraising event to make the roms (there are two builds) freely available online met its target recently, and on Saturday what exists of this canned portable conversion was finally unshackled.
As you’d expect, it’s a fairly basic interpretation of the original, and owing to its unfinished state has a fair share of technical issues - from dodgy collision detection, to any sense of fear and challenge sapped by unlimited ammo, Jill and Chris being super agile and the zombies being super lazy and slow (yes we know slow zombie criticism sounds stupid).
It’s not entirely without merit though, and is certainly an amusing little Resi curio. Those wishing to experience it can do so by visiting here.