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Sorcery +

Post by chinnyhill10 » Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:44 pm

Quite often games are forgotten about as platforms move forward. Sorcery never really set the world alight on the C64 and Spectrum but it was probably the CPC's first "must have" title. Amstrad Computer User raved about it and it's readers awarded it numerous awards in their reader awards in early 1986.

Yet as the years passed, the game was forgotten about. I don't think RG has ever mentioned it and even Amstrad Action never really talked about it. Even though there was a specially enhanced CPC version (Sorcery +) that stood head and shoulders above other games at the time within a few years it was forgotten about along with it's highly acclaimed coding team (the Gang Of Five) who seemed to almost vanish into the night after the followup, Strangeloop.

As someone who was given Sorcery + on disc in March 1986, it was unlike any other game at the time. The graphics were so polished, the menu tune was great, it saved your high scores to disc and when you killed baddies the game remembered so you didn't have them respawn everytime you re-entered the room. The game simply was class. Even small touches like the fact the scoreboard is actually in a different screen mode wowed CPC owners at the time.

So why did the CPC get such a polished version? What happened to the programmers? Why did such a highly acclaimed game get forgotten about?

In short, can RG dig up some facts on this classic game>?


Here's a clip from Youtube for those who don't remember the game, oddly missing the menu music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBBrKcBf ... re=related
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Post by merman » Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:34 pm

Gang of Five carried on working for Virgin, did Dan Dare and Rebel after that...
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Post by chinnyhill10 » Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:31 pm

merman wrote:Gang of Five carried on working for Virgin, did Dan Dare and Rebel after that...
Did they do Dan Dare 2? The first game was quite polished on the CPC but Dan Dare 2 was very polished.

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Post by merman » Wed Mar 12, 2008 1:07 pm

I'm not certain... the C64 version of Dan Dare 2 was definitely by a different team...
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Re: Sorcery +

Post by batman877 » Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:31 am

chinnyhill10 wrote:Quite often games are forgotten about as platforms move forward. Sorcery never really set the world alight on the C64 and Spectrum but it was probably the CPC's first "must have" title.
I couldn't agree more.

A true CPC classic. I might do an '8-bit comparsion' on this in the near future.

It was one of the few games that really made you want to play again and again. Great graphics, sound and very tight gameplay.

The second level (unique to 'Sorcery +') was a brilliant discovery after many hours trying to complete the first.

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