Here at EF we’ve fond memories of Steve Jackson’s cult classic Sorcery! gamebooks from the early 80’s. Now some 20 years later they are returning in a brand new format and aiming to give you an interactive story experience like no other.
Developed by British indie studio inkle, Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! for iOS is a brand new type of game that merges an epic fantasy plotline with an incredible amount of player choice. You decide which path to take on a treacherous quest to reclaim the prized Crown of Kings – and the story writes itself around you.
On this fantastic journey, you’ll explore a gorgeously illustrated world populated with dangerous foes and fabulous beasts. Puzzle your way out of sticky situations. Compete in strategic turn-based combat or try your luck with magic. The game remembers every single decision you make and uses them to pen your own distinct adventure.
[quote by=”Steve Jackson, co-creator of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series and author of the original Sorcery! “]I am blown away by what inkle have done with Sorcery! Previous digital conversions recreated the paperback experience on the small screen, but this treatment is a radical new approach.[/quote]
Together, Jackson and inkle added a whole new dimension to the experience, with thousands of extra choices, an original combat system that procedurally describes the fight as you play, and a 3D map over which the journey is made — alongside 48 spells, 77 original line illustrations, and all the characters, tricks, and traps of the original adventure.
Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! is available as a Universal App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and can be downloaded for £2.99 ($4.99) from the App Store. EF hope to bring you a full review later this month but for more information check out the official website.