Simon the Sorcerer

Critic Score User Score
DOS
85
3.9
iPhone
...
...
Amiga CD32
89
2.6
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Description

Simon is just an ordinary boy living in modern-day England. One day, his dog Chippy discovers a chest with a book inside, entitled Ye Olde Spellbooke. Without thinking too much, Simon throws the book on the floor; as a result, a portal opens, teleporting the boy and his dog into a fantasy world. Simon is promptly captured by goblins bent on cooking and eating him, but manages to escape. Soon he realizes that he must play the role of an apprentice sorcerer and rescue a benevolent wizard called Calypso from an evil one, aptly named Sordid.

Simon the Sorcerer is a point-and-click adventure game very similar to contemporary LucasArts titles (in particular Monkey Island) in concept and gameplay. It features twelve verbs displayed on the screen at all times for interaction with the environment. Objects that can be interacted with are highlighted when the player hovers the mouse cursor over them. The puzzles are inventory-based: Simon will have to collect and carry a large amount of items in order to advance in the game. Almost every character comes with an extended dialogue tree to explore. Most of the conversation choices are used for a humorous effect and are not required to pursue.

Like in LucasArts' adventures, it is impossible to get irrevocably stuck or die in Simon the Sorcerer. The game world consists of dozens of interconnected screens, most of which are accessible from the very beginning. Although there is usually only one way to solve the puzzles, the player can work on multiple tasks at once, and exploration occupies a large portion of the game. Whenever an important location is discovered, it is marked on the map for instant access, so that the player is not required to retrace his steps in order to revisit it. The game frequently parodies popular fairy tales and fantasy works and sometimes breaks the fourth wall as Simon directly talks to the player, acknowledging he is a character in a computer game.

Screenshots

Simon the Sorcerer DOS Entering the fortress
Simon the Sorcerer Windows Entering the local shop, where almost everything is either sold out or reserved
Simon the Sorcerer iPhone Invisibility is nice.
Simon the Sorcerer DOS Dwarf mine entrance

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

Simon - Cocky Spotty Nose Hero!! Windows phil buckley (22)
"What’s the point in talking to an empty hole?" DOS Happy Rabbi (1303)
British adventure highlight DOS Cor 13 (173892)
A nice adventure game from the British version of LucasArts DOS *Katakis* (37876)
Funny and fun! DOS NatsFan (131)
Sierra?....Nah, Adventuresoft here we come! DOS Hilary Richardson (15)
Great British Adventure Gaming Windows ETJB (447)
Silly hat, great game DOS Depth Lord (933)
Forget Guybrush - Take Simon! DOS Rantanplan (1686)

Critic Reviews

Adventure Corner DOS Dec 26, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
High Score Amiga Feb, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Datormagazin Amiga CD32 Sep 14, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Gry Onet iPhone Sep 23, 2013 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Sep, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Génération 4 DOS Sep, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1994 86 out of 100 86
PC Joker DOS Sep, 1993 83 out of 100 83
GameZebo Windows Jun 21, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Defunct Games Amiga CD32 Jun 07, 2008 80 out of 100 80

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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.)
Contributed to by MrMamen (5996), Ingsoc (690), Sciere (308749), Kabushi (136892), Martin Smith (63066), IJan (1910) and MAT (98103)