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iPhSoft has just released an iPhone port of Simon the Sorcerer [link] through the App Store.  The first installment of a well reviewed adventure series that debuted in 1993, Simon the Sorcerer is a ScummVM title that has been compared to the Monkey Island series as far as its overall style and humor.

There are some things that kids just shouldn't have to put up with. Being transported to some weird dimension full of goblins, dwarves, swamplings, stupid wizards and sleeping giants is definitely one of them.
Simon is a teenager transported into a fantasy world as a sorcerer dressed in a cloak and pointy hat. He must use his logic and magical skills to solve puzzles as he progresses through the game.

547432_4The story begins with young Simon and his dog Chippy discovering a spellbook in his attic.  The spellbook opens a portal through which Simon and Chippy enter a strange and different world.  After dodging some hungry goblins, Simon discovers that he's been summoned to rescue the wizard Calypso from the evil sorcerer Sordid.  Simon must use his magical skills to solve puzzles in order to progress through the game, but this is made somewhat difficult by his overall rude manner, forcing him to go to great lengths to get the job done.

The game parodies a variety of popular works, including The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia (the first sequel is called The Lion, the Wizard, and the Wardrobe...), Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel.

Features listed by iPhSoft include:

  • A novel Touch Controls Mode, designed and highly optimized for touch screens.
  • Includes the acclaimed ScummVM project.
  • New Remastered Music by James Woodcock.
  • Currently available in English and will soon be available in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Hebrew.  Full voice acting in English and German editions.
  • Numerous locations to visit, including: Drunken Druid Tavern, Goblin Fortress, Dwarf Mine, Witch's House and resting places of fabulous creatures such as Sleeping Giant, Fearsome Dragon and a Sensitive Barbarian.
  • Dozens of interesting characters to talk and interact with, including: Wizards, Smart Owl, Swampling creature, Troll, Dwarfs, thousands of Woodworms, Two-Headed Store Owner, Dodgy Salesman and the local Barman.
  • Thousands lines of funny dialogue.

Have a look at the developer's video of the iPhone release.

Some early adopters in our forum seem to be enjoying the release.

App Store Link: Simon the Sorcerer 1, $4.99

  • ShadowsFall

    This looks like almost the same exact gameplay that Monkey Island has

    • xander

      You're new to SCUMM based games aren't you? They all had almost the same exact gameplay.

      You could say that Monkey Island "almost the same exact gameplay" as Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, since they preceded it and used SCUMM.

  • ShadowsFall

    This looks like almost the same exact gameplay that Monkey Island has

    • xander

      You're new to SCUMM based games aren't you? They all had almost the same exact gameplay.

      You could say that Monkey Island "almost the same exact gameplay" as Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure, since they preceded it and used SCUMM.

  • Ash

    I've been spoilt by Monkey Island's enhanced graphics, sound, etc.

    I can't go back to the old graphics and controls, I'm sorry.

    • ohokay

      I completely agree, when I saw this I was so happy and about to buy it, Until I realized there was no updated graphics mode. I am sure it is hard work on updating the graphics of a game like this, but I just cant deal with those oldschool visuals

  • Ash

    I've been spoilt by Monkey Island's enhanced graphics, sound, etc.

    I can't go back to the old graphics and controls, I'm sorry.

    • ohokay

      I completely agree, when I saw this I was so happy and about to buy it, Until I realized there was no updated graphics mode. I am sure it is hard work on updating the graphics of a game like this, but I just cant deal with those oldschool visuals

  • spiffyone

    I'm a huge adventure game fan, so I'll pick this one up as soon as I'm done with some in my backcatalog.

    I love the fact that this platform, along with DS mainly, is one that is ushering in a rebirth of the adventure game genre both in new stuff and old classics.

    That said, the sales of these things, and the fact that the platform itself, being mobile, isn't exactly conducive to long play sessions (and adventures are all about longer play sessions) makes me wonder just how well these would do on another platform...namely a home based platform. I'm thinking, of course, of Apple TV. Apple has something there, if they'd only release an open SDK for the damned thing.

  • spiffyone

    I'm a huge adventure game fan, so I'll pick this one up as soon as I'm done with some in my backcatalog.

    I love the fact that this platform, along with DS mainly, is one that is ushering in a rebirth of the adventure game genre both in new stuff and old classics.

    That said, the sales of these things, and the fact that the platform itself, being mobile, isn't exactly conducive to long play sessions (and adventures are all about longer play sessions) makes me wonder just how well these would do on another platform...namely a home based platform. I'm thinking, of course, of Apple TV. Apple has something there, if they'd only release an open SDK for the damned thing.

  • Eric

    bought this game the minute i saw it in the appstore. liked it a lot when i was a kid and it brings up good memories.

    this professional port makes it almost a most on every 80's-90's game addict !

  • Eric

    bought this game the minute i saw it in the appstore. liked it a lot when i was a kid and it brings up good memories.

    this professional port makes it almost a most on every 80's-90's game addict !

  • Thaurin

    Interesting question: does this mean that iPhSoft has given back to the community any and all enhancements they may have made to the ScummVM software project, since it is under a GPL open source licence? The video looks to have a lot better interface than the last time I tried ScummVM on the iPhone. I hope it is in, and this would instantly cause me to jailbreak my iPhone again.

  • Thaurin

    Interesting question: does this mean that iPhSoft has given back to the community any and all enhancements they may have made to the ScummVM software project, since it is under a GPL open source licence? The video looks to have a lot better interface than the last time I tried ScummVM on the iPhone. I hope it is in, and this would instantly cause me to jailbreak my iPhone again.

  • Jones Mcgee

    At least this has touch-to-select controls as opposed to the crappy drag the cursor around controls that Monkey Island has. I'm a huge fan of Monkey Island and own all the games on the PC, but not having touch controls made me skip it on the iPhone.

  • Jones Mcgee

    At least this has touch-to-select controls as opposed to the crappy drag the cursor around controls that Monkey Island has. I'm a huge fan of Monkey Island and own all the games on the PC, but not having touch controls made me skip it on the iPhone.

  • Rev

    Great game, used to play this alot as a child. I hope they port 2nd one too.

  • Rev

    Great game, used to play this alot as a child. I hope they port 2nd one too.

  • Onno

    Ah, I *LOVED* this game when I was kid. I don't mind the old graphics, since most of the fun was in the jokes and the dialog. Plus the controls look great judging from the video.
    I am gonna buy this right now :)

  • Onno

    Ah, I *LOVED* this game when I was kid. I don't mind the old graphics, since most of the fun was in the jokes and the dialog. Plus the controls look great judging from the video.
    I am gonna buy this right now :)

  • Lyanheart

    I hope the trend of porting classic adventure games to the iphone continues. These are great.

  • Lyanheart

    I hope the trend of porting classic adventure games to the iphone continues. These are great.

  • wut?

    Yet another example of the hypocrisy of the AppStore review process. They shut down the Commodore 64 App w/ the sweet touch interface, but this goes through?

    I'd be REALLY surprised if they publish the source as per ScummVM license agreement. But at the same time, there's a good chance if you unrar that app you'll be able to drop in other ports, like with the Sonic the Hedgehog games.

  • wut?

    Yet another example of the hypocrisy of the AppStore review process. They shut down the Commodore 64 App w/ the sweet touch interface, but this goes through?

    I'd be REALLY surprised if they publish the source as per ScummVM license agreement. But at the same time, there's a good chance if you unrar that app you'll be able to drop in other ports, like with the Sonic the Hedgehog games.

  • http://www.theiphoneappreview.com Shaun

    You can find a full review of Simon the Sorcerer here http://www.theiphoneappreview.com/08/simon-the-sorcerer/

  • http://www.theiphoneappreview.com Shaun

    You can find a full review of Simon the Sorcerer here http://www.theiphoneappreview.com/08/simon-the-sorcerer/