Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! books combined superb writing and beautiful illustrations in one incredible package. Developer inkle brought the series to the Appstore through a series of apps that added an interactive storytelling element that really brought Jackson’s branching narrative to life in a magical way. Now, the fourth and final installment has launched on the Appstore, and it brings the story to a dramatic close. It’s an adventure that we can’t recommend highly enough, so much so that it’s our choice for Game of the Week! Join us as we take a closer look at what makes Sorcery! 4 so magical!
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Let’s start with a look at what Sorcery! 4 has to offer. Like the other three entries in the series, the game starts you off on an incredibly detailed hand-drawn map that’s used to chart your course throughout the game narrative. As you move along your journey, you’ll be presented with bits of story and descriptions of your surroundings. When you encounter a situation that requires your input, you’ll be presented with a number of choices that will directly impact the story.
It’s reminiscent of the classic ‘choose your own adventure’ books that many of you will remember, and the branching storyline makes Sorcery! 4 incredibly compelling. The sheer number of choices--there are literally thousands of them that you will potentially make--makes for a memorable experience, and you’ll be confronted by choices big and small. The best part is, everything you do, from the mundane to the extraordinary is logged and used to affect story. It’s an impressive bit of interactive storytelling that results in an experience you can truly call your own.
To Be Continued
The story that serves as the foundation of the Sorcery! series is also worth discussing further. It’s a wonderfully imaginative take on the fantasy genre that’s full of devious enemies, powerful magic, and incredible sights. The story centers on an item called the Crown of Kings which grants the wearer some serious influence and power. It’s stolen by an archmage with delusions of grandeur, and it’s up to you to retrieve it and bring safety back to the land. It may sound like a familiar tale, but Steve Jackson’s quality writing and worldbuilding set this tale of swords and sorcery apart. inkle also does a great job of taking full advantage of mobile devices, so the game is pleasing to look at and interact with.
Here’s another great touch: Because Sorcery! 4 is the fourth installment, you can import your progress from the previous installments and continue the unique story that you’ve created thus far. If you haven’t played a Sorcery! title or wish to just jump straight in, you can start with a blank slate. Don’t worry about being lost as the game does a great job of cluing you in on what’s happened so far.
The Final Chapter
We can’t stress enough how great the Sorcery! series has been thus far. The original books serve as a rich vein of source material, and inkle did an admirable job bringing the series to the Appstore. If you’re a fan who’s played through the first three chapters, prepare yourself for a satisfying conclusion that brings the story to an end on a high note. If you haven’t played Sorcery! yet, consider this a great opportunity to start. The first two chapters are completely free on Amazon Underground, and you owe it to yourself to give it a go. Chances are, you’ll be loading up the fourth installment soon enough in order to bring your own personal journey to an end.