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Video GameSteve Jackson’s Sorcery! Review
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Sorcery! is a four part series of choose your own adventure games set in a world full of weird magic. You play a lone adventurer who must cross the wilds to recover the crown, armed only with a sword, a spell book and the power to choose which path you take. Unlike the classic Fighting Fantasy books, the scope of choices on offer and deep role-play mechanics and puzzles make this stand out while staying true to a handwritten adventure.

Play involves making choices about where to go, who to speak to and how much stamina to put into attacking enemies. At each point you need to pay attention to the well written text. Before combat, you need to pick up on hints about your opponents health and actions so as to pick the right attacks and not put in (and waste) more stamina than you need.

As you progress you learn to make use of magic. This comes at a stamina cost as well, but can offer new and efficient ways to dispatch enemies or find a way forward. From launching fireballs, mind-control or even turning into a giant, learning the letter combinations for the spells is both entertaining and useful.

Throughout, the writing and reading that is centre stage. For example, you can find responses that trick enemies, distract foes or even let you cheat your way out of a tricky situation. Unlike other choice based narratives, here there is a real sense of investigation and discovery of almost endless options.

The result is a highly refined adventure that is both simple and deep. The systems don't have you wading through stats and numbers, but the writing and the breadth of options and choices make it feel like an epic experience.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/02/2016, updated in 2022

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: Inkle Studios (@InkleStudios)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 9 hours to complete. Each chapter is about a couple of hours. To complete all four will take around 8 hours.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Implied Violence.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Any child who enjoyed the Beast Quest or Fighting Fantasy books will enjoy this. They do need to be able to persevere with logical thinking and be willing to rewind when things go wrong.

CostsCosts

Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! usually costs £19.99 to £24.99. 

Steve Jackson’s Sorcery!

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
The game was originally release in four parts over a number of years. You can purchase each of the four chapters individually on iOS, Android and PC. You can now get the complete collection as Steve Jackson's Sorcery! on console or Steve Jackson's Sorcery! The Complete Collection on PC and The Sorcery! Adventure on iOS and Android.

AccessibilityAccessibility


You can rewind the game at any time if things take a turn for the worse. This provides you with the opportunity to experiment with possible outcomes and tactics without the usual pressure to perform.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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