Magicka

Magicka is a satirical action-adventure game set in a rich fantasy world based on Norse mythology. The player assumes the role of a wizard from a sacred order tasked with stopping an evil sorcerer who has thrown the world into turmoil, his foul creations besieging the forces of good.
Players will be able to combine the elements to cast spells, wreaking havoc and devastation on the minions of darkness. They will also be able to team up with friends and fight their way through the campaign, or test their skills in the magickal arts through other challenging modes.
In Magicka, up to four players take on a grand adventure to save their world from certain doom using a fully dynamic spell system. The adventure mode takes the players across three different levels, ranging from the lush forests of mountain valleys to the frozen halls of the Mountain King where wits and creative thinking are the keys to victory.
In the unlockable hardcore challenge mode, players fight off waves of enemies to earn their place on local and online leaderboards.

Main Features:

  • Innovative and dynamic spell casting system
  • Up to four-player co-op in all game modes, as well as a single-player option
  • Fight your way through 13 different campaign levels
  • Explore an expansive realm of adventure to defeat the evil wizard
  • Find and unlock challenges, items, and powerful Magicks
  • Experience the parody and satire of a clichéd fantasy world
System Requirements
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7 (32- or 64-bit)
Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Available Space
Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900 (Integrated Video Cards not recommended)
DirectX®: DirectX 9
Sound: DirectX-compatible sound card
Additional: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers. DSL Internet connection for multiplayer. .NET 3.5 required
  • The rich, luscious colors somehow make the world a lot more believable than games like Crysis 2 could ever be.

  • People have complained that Magicka is too complex or confusing, but they're missing the point. It's a game about wielding immense power, but having to be clever to use it properly.

  • Anyone who has any interest in cooperative games or action-adventure would do well to pick it up, especially for the almost ridiculous price of $10.

  • A game that glorifies the use of fireballs and land mines. #WIN.

  • Fresh and fun isometric story-driven monster bash where you can actually improvise and cast spells by combining raw elements instead of mashing numeric keys for canned results. Fun even alone and hilarious chaos in up to four player co-op.

  • The fact that, at the time of writing, Magicka had surpassed 150,000 sales, is just a testament to how fun and addictive the core game really is. Now that most of the major hiccups out of the way, this is definitely a must-buy game, but it really needs to be experienced to get how much fun it is.

  • Magicka's clever, inspired twists on the straight action-RPG are sure to result in hours of freeform chaotic fun.

  • Magicka might not be a perfect game concerning technical standards but is a total must have for every geek out there. The game is best played together with up to three friends, which is suported in all of the three gamemodes adventure, survival and versus.

  • It's long, it's tough, it's huge fun, and it's cheap. But it will never be perfect.

  • Magicka is a game that works especially well in cooperation. Single player experience is a good one but this game shows its true potential only when you play with friends, allowing for some great fun. A patched-up Magicka is most certainly worth getting to know. Even more, because it is a solid candidate for 2011's best game in its category.

  • Magicka is a perfect palliative for those waiting for Diablo III; thanks to a shining gameplay and a genuine freedom, the last title from Arrowhead is as funny as only indie titles are. Magic.

  • Magicka is both unique and very funny, but it's sadly not really finished yet. Still, it's an enjoyable experience, especially in co-op, and the steady stream of patches is making it better with each fix.

  • A myriad of bugs is not capable of breaking the spell of Magicka's incredibly magical system.

  • Magicka is a kind of innovative beat'em all where you combine different types of magic to annihilate your enemies. In order to master your powers, you will need to be both able to multitask and finger-agile, since the keyboard/mouse controls are quite complex! And the resulting challenge is high. With a little work and force of habits, one will discover an extra-fun gameplay and a hilarious adventure, solo or in coop for 2 to 4 players. All this for less than 10 dollars ? Go get it!

  • Thanks to a plethora of patches, Magicka is now stable so you can have fun without the frustration. Just one chapter with some of your friends is well worth the $10 cost.

  • Magicka is simply genious, ironic and very funny. Too bad for the impressive bugs: sometimes they double the fun, sometimes they just spoil it. Patches on the way, fingers crossed for one of the best independent games out there.

  • LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    Magicka is an amazingly addictive and playful twist to relax to from all of the deadly, serious RPGs. It has its limits and bugs but until you learn all the spells you will not leave it alone. [Issue#201]

  • Forget everything you knew about role playing, Magicka takes you beyond that.

  • Arrowhead Studios came up with a marvelous game, but the company's excitement in rushing it to the market often creates more problems than they're worth.

  • Magicka may have its problems such as certain areas being overlooked, but it does undoubtedly provide an enjoyable experience. Mainly due to its interesting spell system, just proving that not all good games are hyped up months before they arrive.

  • PC Games (Russia)

    Magicka is best played in coop-mode – otherwise it might feel too monotonous. Also, be prepared to download some patches. [Mar 2011, p.108]

  • Ultimately though, I can only recommend you Magicka. At 10 euro it's a good offer and the closest thing to PC Mortal Kombat; sporting spells, monsters and Scandinavian heroes, but with that drive to learn combos and experiment.

  • Despite some imbalances in the game's spells, and certain aspects of the game's difficulty being exploitable, there's still a lot to like about Magicka.

  • All of that level design stupidity can't stop Magicka's brilliant core gameplay from shining through, though.

  • Though it has some hurdles to overcome, some bugs to exterminate, and a fairly inconvenient control scheme, Magicka is a thoroughly charming and entertaining tongue in cheek adventure.

  • Magicka is a good action-RPG title, with sense of humor and a great gameplay, but due to some technical issues, it can't be considered as a must have.

  • Magicka is good-looking, enjoyable and stirring. Is a game that blows videogame controls as we know them to create a funny and glowing world full of gameplay peaks, especially in its multiplayer side.

  • Magicka is a solid action adventure title with a clever spellcasting mechanic that will provide hours of entertainment for gamers, especially if they play co-operatively.

  • Edge Magazine

    Magicka delivers splashy nonsense of a gleeful kind, and somehow its delight in chaos and willful stupidity buoys it some way above its faults. [Mar 2011, p.95]

  • Even with its flaws, Magicka is fun and fresh, and offers a new experience for RPG fans.

  • With a level-headed team of four, Magicka's cooperative action is entrancing chaos. It's rare for a game to feel this mechanically satisfying.

  • Despite a lot of bugs and some off-putting quirks, Magicka is still a good action role-playing game.

  • Quotation forthcoming.

  • According to Magicka, being a wizard is chaotic fun, as long as you're playing with others, and the game isn't crashing. The game infuses the tempo from fighting-games, with an extremely variable magic-system, where results depend on which of the nine elements you combine.

  • Aside from a few bugs, this game is worth getting. The game is daring and will make you laugh more often than the average sitcom. Magicka shines the brightest when playing it online with a few decent players though, throwing out some amazing combo's together during one of the game's many cartoon-like battles.

  • PC PowerPlay

    Exciting to play with friends, utilising a clever, magic system that makes you think. [Apr 2011, p.54]

  • Confused and buggy, but very entertaining under the right circumstances. Bring friends.

  • The single-player campaign is poorly balanced and very short, but, since Castle Crashers never materialized on PC, Magicka is the next best alternative. It is fun enough to last a couple of evenings, but doesn't have a lasting appeal.

  • To be fair, Paradox and Arrowhead are doing a lot of work to fix the game's issues and it is, as of this writing, in a far better state than when it shipped, but the fact remains that my group has suffered crashes at the end of three separate chapters, which forces a complete chapter redo, and as cute as Magicka is, that's not funny.

  • Overall, I was not a fan of Magicka, even at its modest price. The game looks and sounds good enough, and it even has some funny scenes (including a vampire who keeps insisting he's not a vampire, and lots of fake-ish Swedish dialogue), but the actual gameplay was just too punishing for me.

  • If you like to try out different things and new concepts, it's more than worth a look. The co-op play, the battles and experiments with new spells are fun, but there are many balance problems and bugs the developers need to fix.

  • In spite of its drawbacks, Magicka is a nice and entertaining game that pays a tribute to classic action-RPGs of old. There are some clever ideas here and there that will keep you going, but definitely nothing that will be remembered after the end credits.

  • Some clever ideas wrapped in a lighthearted romp, Magicka partially collapses under its own weight of the innovative but overly-complex magic system.

  • I started Magicka over from the beginning six times in my attempt to give it the best possible chance I could. In the end though, I can't possibly suggest anyone spend any money on a game released in such a broken state, whether it's ten dollars or ten cents.

Magicka
$9.99 $2.84
Title: Magicka
Genre: Action, RPG
Released: 25 January 2011
Developer: Arrowhead Game Studios
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Single-player
  • Multi-player
  • Co-op
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Steam Leaderboards
  • Full controller support
  • Shared/Split Screen
  • Retro XP
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