The iPhone is proving to be a popular platform for reviving old-school PC and console classics from the 90’s. Lately, there have been some high-profile releases with the likes of Myst, Sonic and Monkey Island making their way to the mobile platform. With a similar tongue-in-cheek style to the Monkey Island series, Simon the Sorcerer was another popular point-and-click adventure game of the early 90’s that has just been released by iPhSoft for the iPhone & iPod Touch.
The story begins in a manner somewhat akin to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe when the main character Simon, an average teen from England, stumbles across an old chest in his attic. The chest contains “Ye Olde Spellbooke” which opens a portal to another world – a world where Simon must use his logic and puzzle-solving skills to rescue the good wizard Calypso from the evil sorcerer Sordid.
Simon the Sorcerer is first and foremost an adventure game and has a style of play well suited to the iPhone interface. The gameplay is largely based on puzzle-solving and the use of particular items or people to achieve goals. You simply tap on an action from the bottom panel (walk to, look at, open etc) and then tap on the relevant item or location on the screen. However due to screen size, items in the game are actually quite small and initially feel a little fiddly. This is overcome through the addition of a “magnifying” box that appears when you place your finger on the screen.
The graphics and sound are unimproved on the original, but this is generally what you have to expect for an iPhone port of an old game. The voice acting is generally humorous and while the graphics may not be cutting edge, those people who played the original will probably enjoy the nostalgia.
Bottom Line: Simon the Sorcerer is a quality port of a classic old-school adventure game.
Simon the Sorcerer requires the iPhone OS 2.0 or later and is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod Touch