Trial of the Sorcerer is an indie fantasy and first-person shooter game produced by Tom Mulgrew and published on July 16 of that year, on the indie gaming platform "itch.io". Trial of the Sorcerer is a procedurally generated game (the game uses algorithms to automatically produce textures, sounds, sprites, etc.) and, here in this game, you control a sorcerer who decides to venture into the demonic realm, on a mission to defeat Bahmott and his evil servants in order to save his people.
The game was made using a type of engine (if we can call it that), the PICO-8. It is a system that simulates a virtual video game console that uses the limitations of consoles and computers from earlier times, more precisely from the 80s. The PICO-8 has become a sensation among some game devs in recent times because with it, many Very interesting games were created like Pico Sonic, Celeste Classic, Virtua Racing Demake and even Poom (a demake of Doom), as well as original games like Midnight 24 and Sneaky Stealy. Without a doubt, the limit is the game dev's own creativity in relation to this engine. Trial of the Sorcerer has a style very similar to games like Wolfenstein 3D and Catacomb Abyss, but in my opinion, it has also a little HeXen influence, due to the fantasy aspect present in the plot.
Visually, it's always impressive to see something of this level being done on a "console" that simulates the hardware limits of the 80s. There's not much to talk about here, the game has a very well-produced 3D look, by PICO-8 standards. In addition to the movement being very fluid. The challenge is even interesting, as you try not to die while going through maps that look like mazes at times, looking for keys, money and health. In the case of keys, the situation is a bit peculiar: not every key you get the first time will automatically open the first door you see ahead. Most of the time, you need to venture around the map looking for the door that opens with that particular key, leading you to a room with other doors and other keys, which makes the game a little longer.
Trial of the Sorcerer is a great medieval FPS with excellent pixel graphics and a good level of challenge. It can be finished in about 30 minutes or maybe longer. Anyway, you can check the gameplay of the game by clicking on this link here and, if you are interested in playing it, you can download it from the page below: