[Forbidden Games] Spellcasting 101 – Sorcerers get all the Girls


Welcome to the thirty-third entry of this column in which I review forbidden (and forgotten) retro games with adult contents.

A lot of the games that will be revisited here will have, as well as adult themes, some contents that may offend somebody. But please remember, we are here just to re-discover something rightfully forgotten, so don’t take it so seriously, we don’want to offend anybody. Just have fun and laugh 🙂


Benvenuti al trentatreesimo episodio della rubrica in cui recensisco giochi proibiti (e dimenticati) con contenuti per adulti.

Molti dei giochi che saranno recensiti qui avranno sia contenuti per adulti, sia contenuti che potrebbero offendere qualcuno. Per favore tenete a mente che siamo qui solo per riscoprire cose giustamente dimenticate, quindi non prendete il tutto troppo su serio, non vogliamo offendere nessuno. E fatevi ‘na risata 🙂

Today’s game is Spellcasting 101 – Sorcerers get all the Girls.

This is the first entry in the series created by no less than Steve Meretzky, architect of some great Infocom classics such as Planetfall (1983), Sorcerer (1984), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1984), the marvellous A Mind Forever Voyaging (1985), Leather Goddesses of Phobos (1986), father of the game revisited in this column two weeks ago and Stationfall (1987). After Infocom he moved to Activision for which he developed the sequel of Leather Goddesses (always the same game of two weeks ago), then to Legend Entertainment, founded by two former Infocom programmers, for which he created the three Speelcasting games. Lengend Entertainment focused on adventures of various kind, like Eric the Unready (1993), an interactive fiction (I’d say an out of time one), Companion of Xanth (1993), Death Gate (1994) and Superhero League of Hoboken (1994) all graphic adventures, then RTS like Star Control 3 (1996) and two pillars like Unreal (1998) and Unreal II (2003).

Il gioco di oggi è Spellcasting 101 – Sorcerers get all the Girls.

E’ il primo capitolo della saga creata da nientepopodimenoche Steve Meretzky, artefice di alcuni grandi classici della Infocom come Planetfall (1983), Sorcerer (1984), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1984), il meraviglioso A Mind Forever Voyaging (1985), Leather Goddesses of Phobos (1986), predecessore del gioco rivisitato proprio in questa rubrica due settimane fa e Stationfall (1987). Finita la carriera alla Infocom passò all’Activision per la quale creò il seguito di Leather Goddesses (sempre lo stesso già visto due settimane fa) quindi alla Legend Entertainment, fondata da due ex-Infocom, per la quale sviluppò i tre Spellcasting. La Legend Entertainment puntò molto su avventure di vario tipo, come Eric the Unready (1993), un’avventura testuale (direi fuori tempo massimo), Companion of Xanth (1993), Death Gate (1994) e Superhero League of Hoboken (1994) tutte avventure grafiche, poi RTS come Star Control 3 (1996) e due pilastri come Unreal (1998) e Unreal II (2003).

Why is forgotten?

Il triste destino delle avventure testuali assieme all’odierno dominio assoluto del politicamente corretto. Ecco cosa ha ucciso questo e molti altri giochi del genere. Per carità non è che se ne senta irrimediabilmente la mancanza…però almeno ravviverebbe un po il panorama videoludico!

The sad destiny of text adventures and the rise of the politically correct. Here’s what killed this and other similar games. Well, we don’t miss them all that much but at least they could partially revive the video gaming world!

Why is forbidden?

Beh, se 50 Sfumature di Grigio ci ha insegnato qualcosa è che adesso il sesso duro è socialmente accettabile (ah, no solo se lui è ricco…ah e solo se è in un film) quindi il gioco non ha nulla da invidiare. Anzi, forse è pure meglio. Il gioco ha un tocco di classe con la naughty e nice mode. Se la seconda è dedicata ai bambini, la prima è la versione per adulti, dove i protagonisti frequentemente si lasciano andare ai proprio istinti. Come leggere un romanzo softcore. Non cazzate come Harmony. E’ sicuramente più sofisticato di The Farmer’s Daughter, dove il linguaggio è più triviale: la differenza tra i due è la stessa che passa tra erotismo e pornografia.

Well, if 50 Shades of Grey taught us something is that now rough sex is socially acceptable (oh, right, only if he’s super rich…and oh, only if it’s in a movie), so actually this game has nothing to envy. Well, maybe is even better. The game has a nice touch with the naughty and nice mode. While the second is dedicated to children, the first one is the “adult” mode in which the characters frequently let thir pulsion erupt. Like reading a softocore novel. Not the shit like Harmony. It’s surely more sophisticated than The Farmer’s Daughter in which the language is more trivial: the difference between the two games is like the difference between erotism and pornography.

Why is fun?

This could be considered an adult version of Harry Potter: the ones who love him, will find here how did he spend his life when he wasn’t mesing with his friends, the ones who hates him (here I am) can understand why he’s become so popular with women. Either way you can find out why he has a “magic stick”.

Questo gioco potrebbe essere la versione da adulti di Harry Potter: quelli che lo amano scopriranno come passava le sue giornate quando non era a cazzeggiare con gli amici, quelli che lo odiano (eccomi) potranno capire perchè è così popolare tra le ragazze. In entrambi i casi potrete scoprire il segreto della sua bacchetta magica.

How can I play it?

It’s easy to find online and it might be abandonware (though I’m not really sure). I’ve never seen a copy of the game listen in online auctions so it might be very hard to get a physical copy.

E’ facile da trovare online e potrebbe addirittura essere abandonware (anche se non ne sono così sicuro). Non ho mai visto copie all’asta online quindi dovrebbe essere particolarmente arduo da trovare come copia fisica.

Something similar but a bit less crappy???

And finally, if you need other games related to this which are crappy and adult oriented like Spellcasting 101 – Sorcerers get all the Girls, stick around, more games will be covered soon!

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One Comment Add yours

  1. I have not played this game. It seems very unusual for a game reviewed in this column to be created by such an esteemed creator. The pictures from the game look quite detailed. I like the strange shading effect as well. The text in the pictures do not seem like they could link to make a story as they describe very different scenarios. It seems very weird that a game would have adult and child-friendly versions as it seems like it would be very easy to choose the wrong version.
    What do the compass and buttons on the screen do? What is the difference between the naughty and nice versions? Are there sequels to this game?

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