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Simon the Sorcerer

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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 Windows At the crossroads
Simon the Sorcerer Windows Simon seems to be the only one from another dimension and hence the one to save the princess from the curse
Simon the Sorcerer Amiga CD32 This is where my adventure starts out.
Simon the Sorcerer DOS Goblin guards

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 DOS *Katakis* (37494)
Simon - Cocky Spotty Nose Hero!! Windows phil buckley (22)
"What’s the point in talking to an empty hole?" DOS Happy Rabbi (1256)
A very good adventure in classical style, but still below the standards of Lucas Arts DOS Oleg Roschin (164813)
Funny and fun! DOS NatsFan (133)
Sierra?....Nah, Adventuresoft here we come! DOS Hilary Richardson (15)
Great British Adventure Gaming Windows ETJB (397)
Silly hat, great game DOS Depth Lord (945)
Forget Guybrush - Take Simon! DOS Rantanplan (1713)

The Press Says

Adventure Classic Gaming Windows Sep 12, 1999 5 out of 5 100
High Score Amiga Feb, 1994 5 out of 5 100
High Score DOS Jan, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Datormagazin Amiga CD32 Sep 14, 1994 5 out of 5 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1994 11 out of 12 92
CU Amiga Amiga Feb, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Quandary DOS Jul, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Sep, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1994 85 out of 100 85
GameZebo Windows Jun 21, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 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 (4965), Ingsoc (542), Sciere (234307), Kabushi (116470), Martin Smith (63197), IJan (1919) and MAT (66286)