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Starting in 1983, the interactive Sorcery! gamebooks gave people a brand new way to experience a story. Thirty years later, indie developer inkle has unleashed the gamebooks' true narrative potential with a digital version of Steve Jackson's Sorcery!, which makes its Android debut on March 12. Can I interest you in a review copy?
Based on the Sorcery! installments of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, this is an unparalleled narrative game that closely adapts to players' choices, with a story that quite literally writes itself while you play. As a young hero determined to recover the powerful Crown of Kings, players choose which path to follow on an epic quest across the Shamutanti Hills. Along the way, you'll explore a beautifully illustrated world filled with memorable encounters, overcome vicious traps, and traverse a dangerous countryside littered with moral tests that can make or break a hero. Through it all, the narrative closely adapts to every action you take, with the AI using your decisions to write a story that will be uniquely different every time.
inkle and Steve Jackson's richly graphical interactive adventure goes way beyond what could exist in book form. The new game plays out across a gorgeous hand-drawn 3D map, with the player choosing their own route as they explore a massively "branchy" storyline. The game features a unique sword-fighting system designed for touch devices, the choice between a male or female hero, an arsenal of almost 50 weird and wonderful magical spells, and gameplay that calls for decision-making and strategy at every turn. As an added bonus, in the new Android version the 3D map has been improved over the original iOS version, so it's now crystal sharp even at its most zoomed in. Check out the Nexus 7 / iPad mini side-by-side comparison here:
Part 1 of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! will release March 12 on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for $4.99 or equivalent in local currency. More information and screenshots are available on the developer's website:
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