2020's Next Hot HD Remake Is… Chex Quest

2020's Next Hot HD Remake Is… Chex Quest

Limited Run Games is also releasing special editions of the original this week.

Right now, it seems like everyone's sinking their teeth into a remake of a 1997 classic, but 2020's got another double shot of nostalgia lined up for us. To really appreciate it, though, you might need to be a breakfast cereal aficionado: in Summer, General Mills is releasing an HD remake of its 1996 pack-in game Chex Quest, and this week the original is getting a re-release through Limited Run Games.

A new teaser and screenshots for Chex Quest HD went live with the title's new Steam page. The Unreal Engine 4-powered remake has actually been in the works for quite some time—Chuck Jacobi, an artist who worked on the original Chex Quest with Digital Cafe, announced the project back in 2016.

Like 2008's Chex Quest 3 before it, Chex Quest HD started as something of a passion project for Jacobi. Now it has the backing of General Mills and has grown into a more substantial product, with added multiplayer and redesigned maps.

Chex Quest HD will be free-to-play, but if you're a fan of the original and want some Chex Quest swag in your life, Limited Run Games is releasing a couple physical editions and a standalone vinyl soundtrack on April 17. Limited Run actually tweeted about wanting to release Chex Quest last year when General Mills made Jacobi's Chex Quest 3 available for download on its website. You can opt for a $39.99 edition that comes with a poster, a manual, and the soundtrack on CD, or go for a $149.99 "Chex Warrior" edition that comes loaded with bonuses including a Chex challenge coin, pins, and a life-size replica of the "Zorcher" weapon.

Chex Quest has always been something of an oddity—the fact that a cereal company went all-in on releasing a free game for kids that was actually built on top of Doom was strange. Stranger still, it was actually pretty good. It's neat to see it coming back all these years later, even if most of us have left our youthful cereal munching days behind.

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