Sorcery! 2 Adventure Game Review for iPhone & iPad

Sorcery! 2 Adventure Game Review for iPhone & iPad

The interactive game Sorcery! 2 for iPhone and iPad, priced at $4.99 and compatible with various devices, offers a refreshing interpretation of Steve Jackson’s (not that Steve Jackson) renowned adventure gamebook series. Despite its somewhat complex spell-casting system, the game maintains the excitement of classic adventure narratives and adapts well to contemporary platforms. Here’s an exploration of the delightful Sorcery! 2.

Originally part of the Fighting Fantasy series published from 1983 to 1985, the Sorcery! collection includes four books: The Shamutanti Hills, Kharé: Cityport of Traps, The Seven Serpents, and The Crown of Kings. Sorcery! 2 revolves around the narrative of Kharé: Cityport of Traps. For those curious, there is a Sorcery! app based on The Shamutanti Hills, with future installments planned for the remaining titles.

Sorcery! 2 Adventure Game Review for iPhone & iPad


In the game, you assume the role of a young explorer navigating the treacherous city of Kharé, filled with danger and deceit.

Your mission is to locate an ancient gate, with your choices significantly influencing the storyline, reminiscent of Edward Packard‘s Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Upon reaching the city gate, you encounter an intimidating yet elderly guard. Immediately, you’re presented with several actions: engage in conversation, initiate combat, or use magic. A narrative scroll details the scene and your available choices, with ambient sounds enhancing the immersive experience. After reading, you select your preferred action and witness the consequences, which could alter the story’s direction. Remember, the guard’s age might make him a recurring character, so choose wisely.

The game’s visual appeal is striking, with artwork reminiscent of woodcut prints and a dynamic 3D cityscape.

Your character resembles a miniature figure typically used in tabletop RPGs. The developers have successfully captured the essence of the original books, the tactile feel of board games, and an engaging atmosphere, especially evident during combat sequences.

Combat involves facing your adversary directly. A slider allows you to select your attack type and the force behind it. This turn-based system is enhanced by dramatic music and animations. While diplomatic approaches are available, they may not always be effective.

Spells are a crucial yet unpredictable element, mirroring their role in Jackson’s books.


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