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Virgin Games Ltd
Martin Wheeler
Arcade: Adventure
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne

ARCADE ACTION is combined with a scenario reminiscent of many adventure games in Sorcery from Virgin Games. Assuming the role of the last great sorcerer still at liberty, you are travelling to Stonehenge in an attempt to rescue three captive fellow sorcerers before the evil Necromancer turns them all to stone. Flying is among the sorcerer's magical skills and mastering his movement is one of the challenges.

Each screen represents a different section of the journey - woods, wastelands, castle, river and so on - and as the sorcerer exits from one scene it scrolls to the next. Various hazards pursue him; an encounter with any of those reduces the sorcerer's strength.

What with the time factor, encounters with demons, and the possibility of falling into the river and drowning, it is difficult to get anywhere near Stonehenge, a full 15 screens away, let alone arrive with the correct equipment to foil the wicked Necromancer. The attempt is addictive and lively graphics provide an appropriate atmosphere.

Sorcery is from Virgin Games, London.

Memory: 48K
Price: £5.95