CAMBRIDGE, U.K. - April 23, 2015 - inkle, developers of the award-winning mobile game 80 Days, have released Sorcery! 3 for iPhone/iPad and Android. Spun off from the popular Steve Jackson's Sorcery! gamebooks of the 1980s, Sorcery! 3 sends you on a challenging quest with a massively branching storyline that literally writes itself around your choices. This highly flexible interactive narrative can be enjoyed fresh as a standalone adventure, or as a continuation of previous Sorcery! installments with the consequences of past choices woven into the story.
From its masterful writing, whimsical hand-drawn illustrations, and rich soundtrack to its turn-based combat, magic spells, and optional dice mini-game, Sorcery! 3 takes this acclaimed series' most-loved elements to an exciting new level. The city of Kharé is at your back and the Crown of Kings drives you forward, but with rations dwindling and seven deadly serpents stalking you across the cursed wasteland of Kakhabad, your hero's success has never been less certain. Every choice comes at a price and many will impact Sorcery!'s climactic final chapter, The Crown of Kings -- that is, if you survive to reach it.
Sorcery! 3's design has been influenced by inkle's smash hit 80 Days, with a massive open world to explore and a dynamic day/night cycle that marks the nonstop passage of time. Fluid travel between two distinct time periods sets up a layered narrative with hidden storylines to uncover across two complete world maps. Plus the ability to rewind at will and replay to discover new story branches and endings makesSorcery! 3 a vast, non-linear experience packed with far more than a book's worth of high fantasy adventure.
"Rich, interactive storytelling is a hugely underdeveloped area in video games, one we believe has strong potential to shape the medium," says inkle's development director Joseph Humfrey. "To this end we've used each Sorcery! installment to try new ideas, and Part 3 is no exception. Exploring this open world leaves a trail of narrative breadcrumbs that creates a story unique to you. With so many choices to make and paths to pursue, the adventure will be surprising and fresh for longtime Sorcery! fans as well as for those trying it out for the first time."
Sorcery! 3 sells for $4.99 / £3.99 (or equivalent in local currency) on the App Store and Google Play:
Learn more about Steve Jackson's Sorcery! on the official website.
inkle is a game studio that specializes in interactive narrative. Founded in Cambridge UK by Joseph Humfrey and Jon Ingold, their Steve Jackson's Sorcery! series has sold over 300,000 copies to date, and was called "Some of 2013's best interactive storytelling" by IGN. Their steampunk reimagining of Jules Verne, 80 Days, received numerous honors including TIME's Game of the Year 2014, the Independent Game Festival award for Excellence in Narrative, and four BAFTA nominations. Their free inklewriter website for creating flexible narratives has been featured on Gamasutra, Game Informer and PC Gamer, and was used by Stoic Studio in creating The Banner Saga. Learn more at http://www.inklestudios.com.
About Steve Jackson
Steve Jackson is co-founder with Ian Livingstone of the massively successful UK chain Games Workshop, and co-creator of the Fighting Fantasy series that sold over 25 million copies in 27 countries worldwide. He also co-founded Lionhead Studios with Peter Molyneux, and is now Professor of Game Design at Brunel University.