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Sorcery

• Publisher: Virgin Games
• Developer:
Virgin Games
Release Date: 1984
Code: Gang of Five

GFX: Gang of Five
Music: Gang of Five

Our Game Rating: 81%
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> SORCERY by Virgin Games


• Completed by Brendan Phoenix (with assistance from Holgi)
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

I used to love the early Virgin releases. They could be hit or miss, but even the misses had some charm to them - Bitmania and Zyto come to mind. For some strange reason, this game seemed to pass me by - I can't work out why!

Sorcery is a nice little adventure/platform game that is fun to play, but can be frustrating at times. The graphics and sound are simplistic but effective, and the game play is fast paced - almost manic...

### Ending Version 1 ###

Our hero reaches Stonehenge...


...and gets ZZAPPED by the sun!


Slowly he is pulled upwards...


...where his quest is completed.


The rest of the 'crew' join in...


...for a celebratory jig. The End.

### Ending Version 2 ###

Our hero is on top of an aeroplane...


...lightening seems to be striking!


Time to open the hatch...


...and climb aboard!


Finally in the Cockpit.


The End.

### Ending Version 3 ###

Oh... Stonehenge again!


A lightening bolt is flying around...


...and swoops passed our hero...


...and back again! The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: It looks like Brendan used a cheat and also had some assistance from Holgi :-)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Wow! Where do I start... erm... there are actually 3 different endings!

- ENDING 1: this has our hero at Stonehenge where he gets ZZAPPED by the sun, but he survives. This is followed by the words: "YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR QUEST TO SAVE THE WORLD."

- ENDING 2: our hero is on the top of an aeroplane where he opens the hatch and jumps in. This is followed by the words: "RING VIGIN GAMES ON 01 727 8070 WITH THE PASSWORD DIGBY RULES OK."

- ENDING 3: once again our hero is at Stonehenge, but this time he is ZZAPPED by a bolt of lightening. This is followed by the words: "LIGHTENING DOES STRIKE TWICE, WITH FATAL RESULTS."

COMMENTS:

  • Brendan: I have included all 3 endings of Sorcery - the original I sent (keep hold of fire and tap left to start end sequence) the second ending - just walk to the hatch on the airplane to start it (asks you to ring Virgin with a passcode!) and the bad 3rd ending.

    Holgi gave me some hints and told me which crack to use (was having a problem with a bug).

    Have to say I think this is a nice little animated ending with a congratulations message (pity they used the title tune) wizards dancing on Stonehenge - what more do you want? 7/10.

  • Vinny: 8o Where on earth do I start?! As I mentioned before, I have never actually played this game and so I am not too sure what it's all about, but I don't think that really matters.

    It's obvious that the programming team have thought this one through and made an effort to have a 'proper' ending to the game. Okay - so it isn't a masterpiece, but it certainly IS impressive in so many ways.

    My hat goes off to the programming team for their valiant effort. I am going to give this 8/10.

    Doing some reading tonight (Home Computer Weekly, 26th Feb 1985) and found this snippet in the news that might be of interest and answer a question about Sorcery!...

    "NEW YORK OR BUST Virgin Games is offering a prize to the first player of Sorcery to find the gateway to New York. You must collect some rather strange objects including a suitcase and a camera and battle with the necromancer and his servants.

    The prize is two return tickets to New York on Virgin Airlines. There is a screen showing the aeroplane Maiden Voyager in which the winner will travel. All you have to do is take the objects to that screen and await instructions.

    Virgin, 2-4 Vernon Yd, 119 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DX"

  • Kungfufurby: I'm impressed. This is like Finders Keepers, in which there are multiple endings... one of them being a bad ending. Speaking of which, one of the endings is like an Easter egg. Was there some contest that Virgin had related to this game? ^_^

  • Frank Gasking: Great set of little endings, I'm surprised they had any room to add that many in - so it certainly deserves the rating!

    I'm wondering if they spent as much effort with their other games like Strangeloop and Dan Dare?

    Doing some reading tonight (Home Computer Weekly, 26th Feb 1985) and found this snippet in the news that might be of interest and answer a question about Sorcery!...

    "NEW YORK OR BUST Virgin Games is offering a prize to the first player of Sorcery to find the gateway to New York. You must collect some rather strange objects including a suitcase and a camera and battle with the necromancer and his servants.

    The prize is two return tickets to New York on Virgin Airlines. There is a screen showing the aeroplane Maiden Voyager in which the winner will travel. All you have to do is take the objects to that screen and await instructions.

    Virgin, 2-4 Vernon Yd, 119 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DX"

  • Andrew Fisher: I've just interviewed the Gang of Five about Dan Dare for Retro Gamer, hoping to follow that up with pieces on Strangeloop and Sorcery... according to Simon Birrell there's a mini Strangeloop section hidden in Sorcery+ on the Amstrad.

    Anyway, I digress. Fascinating to see these endings after all these years - I didn't know there was more than one!

  • Andy Vaisey: Being me, I'm going to complain about the unrefined graphics; a bit more effort with shading and anti-aliasing and these would have bumped the score up higher than it is for me. Still, not to detract from the actual effort that has gone in - good show!

FINAL SAY: Good to see the amount of effort gone into producing these endings :-)

G.E. RATING: 8 / 10

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