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Simon the Sorcerer (DOS)

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Description

Simon is just an ordinary boy in an extra-ordinary world. A world in which he must rescue Calypso the Wizard by embarking on a long challenging quest.

The game is a point-and-click adventure, using a typical interface with words such as ‘Use’, ‘Open’, ‘Walk To’ (unlike Lucasarts’ SCUMM games, a simple click on that area of the screen won’t do) and ‘Pick Up’ (again, a double-click on the item doesn’t suffice).

The game’s plot has a number of references and spoofs to fantasy and fairy tales, with the Three Billy Goats Gruff involved in a particularly significant scene. The humor is very British in places, with lots of dry sarcasm, and lots of Simpsons-esque self-references to the fact that this is a computer game. The levels are non-linear in layout, with puzzles spread across the lands.

Screenshots

Simon the Sorcerer DOS Goblin guards
Simon the Sorcerer DOS A beautiful opening in the forest
Simon the Sorcerer DOS Entering the witch's hut
Simon the Sorcerer DOS Simon has been shrunk and can sail on a leaf

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法师西蒙" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "שוליית המכשף" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Simon the Sorcerer I" -- Alternate title
  • "Shuliyat Hamechashef" -- Israeli title

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User Reviews

A nice adventure game from the British version of LucasArts *Katakis* (37795) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
"What’s the point in talking to an empty hole?" Happy Rabbi (1292) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A very good adventure in classical style, but still below the standards of Lucas Arts אולג 小奥 (168604) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
Funny and fun! NatsFan (131) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Sierra?....Nah, Adventuresoft here we come! Hilary Richardson (15) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Silly hat, great game Depth Lord (943) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Forget Guybrush - Take Simon! Rantanplan (1711) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

The Press Says

High Score Jan, 1994 5 out of 5 100
The DOS Spirit Dec 29, 2006 6 out of 6 100
Adventure Corner Dec 26, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Génération 4 Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Tilt Oct, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 28, 2011 17 out of 20 85
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Adventure Gamers Aug 05, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Oct, 1993 76 out of 100 76

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Trivia

CD-ROM version

This game first had a disk version and then a CD-ROM version. The CD-ROM version features full speech.

Legacy

The success of this game prompted Adventuresoft to abandon their previous Horrorsoft brand in favour of focusing on mass-market non-adult titles.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – #3 Best Game in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Adventure in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #90 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best German Localization in 1994
Information also contributed by Martin Smith

Related Web Sites

  • Game Nostalgia ( Provides extensive background info for Simon the Sorcerer, with pictures of the cast and examples of voice-overs, credits with pictures of and info about the design team, a demo of the game, specific details about the game, all musical themes, shots of every location in the game, video clips, saved games, a list of reviews, including a "nostalgic "review and tech specs. )
  • iPhSoft (official game website for the iPhone version)
  • Playing Simon 1 in Windows XP (Complete instructions by Inferno)
  • ScummVM (Get "Simon the Sorcerer", as well as many other adventure games, to run on modern systems by using ScummVM, a legal and free program.)
IJan (1920) added Simon the Sorcerer (DOS) on Nov 29, 1999
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