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The year was 1993. A young President Clinton was embarking on what was sure to be a scandal-free presidency, Whitney Houston was topping the charts with nothing but fame and fortune in front of her, and Simon the Sorcerer was released on Amiga and MS-DOS. You could say this game has had more lingering appeal than a lot of things from 1993, and now it's available on Android in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

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This title is your basic point-and-click adventure game with a healthy dose of puzzles. Simon the Sorcerer earns its place in history not from an innovative style of gameplay, but with clever content and inside jokes. The puzzles are wacky, yet logical. You'll also catch references to popular fantasy works like The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and various fairy tales.

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Graphically, Simon the Sorcerer is still true to its roots. The visuals have been smoothed out, but there is still that classic vibe. It also packs remastered audio, new menus, and touch-friendly controls. The game is selling for about $4, which is a bit less than the $5.99 Good Old Games is charging for the PC version. However, the iOS version from a different developer is only $1.99.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Sir_Brizz

    Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaa.......... This was an old ScummVM game. Does this perhaps portend that we will see more Scumm games ported? That would be quite awesome.

    • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

      My thought exactly. This has been playable on ScummVM for a while. Bring me some Monkey Island, please!

  • Matt

    FFS, someone convince Lucasarts to license Day of the Tentacle!!

    • Omer Gilad

      Yes, prying that license out of the big companies will do the world a big favor :)

    • Jon

      ...just not to EA. Please.

    • SoWhy

      Just use ScummVM and play your PC version on your device. Works great (also works well for Sam & Max)

  • Primalxconvoy

    Is this the talkie version with What's his face from Red dwarf doing the voices?

    • wizardofoz

      Yep!

      • Funem

        Yep its Chris Barrie who did the original voice in 93

  • Funem

    Wow a blast from the past, hope it plays as well as it did back in the day..... Day of the tentacle can be played via Scumm on android if you want your fix https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.scummvm.scummvm&hl=en

  • Lumi

    The font looks terrible in the screenshots, is there an option to make it more readable?

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      You were born in the 90s, right?

      • Cheeseball

        LOL that's an awesome reply. :)

      • Lumi

        XD VERY close, and in a different country too.

        • Thatguyfromvienna

          If you find that font hard to read, be glad you didn't start gaming on the C64! ^^

          • Lumi

            I started on a Win98...

          • Oldie

            That speaks volumes. :>

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    Fantastic! This was my first CD-game back in the Amiga days. Still have my old Amiga, not sure what happened to the disc. Excellent game nevertheless! I'll be getting this one!

  • http://www.talltechtales.com/ Mattias

    For the mentions of ScummVM...take a look in the "About" section in the main menu. It DOES use ScummVM: "Uses ScummVM which is protected under GNU-GPL".

    • Sir_Brizz

      LOL nice catch.

    • CJ Holder

      I wouldn't have it any other way. Scumm is great. This just means I don't have to buy it on GOG, transfer the files and configure it every time I want to play it on android. It's all wrapped up nicely in one package. :-)