The Sorcery! ($4.99) series came to an emphatic conclusion last year, and Inkle’s groundbreaking gamebook titles have made a profound impact on mobile gaming as a medium. With some truly phenomenal storytelling throughout all four titles, and consistent support through successive updates over the years since the games initially launched, the Sorcery! series has been a reference point and pivotal example of both how serious and immersive experiences can be found on the App Store, but also how they can be catered to the platform’s many unique strengths. For the first time in the title’s four year existence, the original Sorcery! has today been made completely free to download – if you did somehow miss the game, its sequels and the universal critical acclaim every entry received over the past few years, this is a fantastic opportunity to finally immerse yourself in Sorcery’s universe.
Despite the clamour from both TouchArcade and the mainstream press, I didn’t actually try the Sorcery! series until the third (and arguably best) entry, Sorcery! 3 ($4.99). In fact, it wasn’t until I experienced the brilliance of Inkle Studios’ award-winning 80 Days ($4.99) that I gave the games a chance, as they really are the sort of titles that have to be played to understand their brilliance. Having the first Sorcery! game be available for completely free is therefore fantastic, as there is no longer any excuse for those on the fence to at least try the titles out. And best of all, when you’re instantly hooked, the other three sequels are all immediately available. The developers have stated that Sorcery! will only be available for free for a ‘short time only’, so be sure to take advantage of this killer iOS deal before it’s too late.