If you think arcade and NES games were hard, Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! books will seem outright impossible. Filled with traps that hinge on a single poor decision and hundreds of foul monsters, all drawn in lavish, unsettling dark lines, death comes constantly. inkle has curbed this a bit with their faithful interpretations of the Sorcery! books The Shamutanti Hills and Kharé, Cityport of Thieves (Traps), softening the high difficulty of these abusive books while still preserving the writing and story.
Previously released on iOS and Android, you can now play both of these interactive fiction works on PC as Sorcery! Parts 1 and 2 has released on Steam today. They’re fascinating works of interactive fiction, bridging the gap between book and game, and with dozens of available paths to take and mistake to make, they will provide hours of dark fantasy to read and play through. Also, your PC is probably harder to throw than your phone when a skunkbear kills you in the woods. So that’s a nice bonus.