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We’ve all played games that have magic in them, maybe even spell casting.
But I have never played a game like the top-down scroller by Arrowhead Game Studios known as Magicka. Don’t let the name make you think this is some high-flying fantasy of dragons and ogres and stern-faced heroes fighting them off. Okay, that’s partly true, just not the hero part.
Your character is a hapless little magician who barely grasps the idea of spell casting, and is just learning what goes boom and what fizzles. Unluckily for you, an evil sorcerer is on the loose and it’s up to you to stop him with the help of your trusty vampire guide leading the way (that couldn’t possibly end badly, right?).
The game pokes fun at the world of fantasy by making parodies of well known characters and sprinkling plenty of cliched tropes about the mythological world, while subtle jokes are constantly being placed in front of you.
The unique thing about this game, aside from its easy co-op and multiplayer system, is how you cast spells. You’re given eight elements and told to combine them in different ways to cast different spells, and you can cast EVERY SINGLE SPELL right off the bat!
You unlock spell combos as you play, but those are only so you can flip though your spell book to remember how to cast them exactly. But that doesn’t stop you from trying different combos on your own.
There are no skill trees, no leveling up, nothing. Just you, and a desire to blow things up in very hilarious ways. This makes the game one of the easiest to just jump in and play.
Another thing, you can, and probably will, blow up your teammate at some point. This is actually one of the funniest aspects of the game. Whether it’s accidentally blasting a gust of wind that knocks your buddy into a well, or you’re just plain greedy for that shiny new weapon he found. Either way, it’s bound to be the source of laugher and in-game pranking.
This game has given me hours of enjoyment, and is loaded with additional downloadable content to keep you interested. The unique style, constant laughs, and very cheap price all together make this my Hidden Gems pick. Have any questions or a comment you want to throw our way?