Review Sorcery! 2
A mythical board game great for kids and avid gamers alike
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 13 May 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Interesting graphics, interesting plot, addictive game play, simple controls
Lags a bit, uses a lot of system resources, inconvenient to play on a small screen
Sorcery! 2 for Android is the second installment in a series of 4 epic games. I experienced many glitches and hangs with the first game, and am happy to say that those issues seem to have been resolved in this second chapter.
Sorcery! 2 gets high marks for originality. The game looks and plays like a storybook board game. You are the hero on a quest through a mythic village. There’s a map depicting the entire game board and you encounter strange creatures and characters as you traverse the pathways. Just touch your hero’s game piece and slide your finger to one of the available checkpoints. Your game piece then moves the appropriate spaces and you are presented with information and must pick one of the available choices to proceed. The choices you make impact which way the story goes so the game has a multitude of possible outcomes.
The graphics almost look like they were drawn on parchment and add to the otherworldly and mythic feel. The checkpoints are similar to landing on a particular space in other board games, only instead of drawing a card and reading the information, the text just appears onscreen and you touch the action or response you like. You can even cast spells direct from an interactive spell book.
The visuals are a combination of simplicity and sophistication; like a piece of art found in a long lost book from ancient times. The sounds are not overbearing and offer just the right accent to the action on screen.
Sorcery! 2 is the better of the two editions of this series. Clearly this game is auditioning to be a feature film, and I suspect it will do just that one day soon. The game is fun and heavily based in imagination and folklore. Kids and adults will both love this one. It actually would make a good bedtime story too.