Magicka iPad Review
- A sharp reduction in depth compared to the PC version, yet still retains the core fluidity of the self-guided elemental magic system.
- Online multiplayer adds a whole new layer of insanity to the game; you're almost guaranteed to lose a friend or two from 'accidental' deaths.
- 2D brawler setup means there's less 'exploration'; a key feature of the original that paired brilliantly with the free-form magic system.
- Item variety feels lacking; some fun game-changing abilities, but the penalties make the investment seem excessive at times.
This isn't quite the Magicka you may already know and love, but it doesn't matter - this is 2D brawling taken to the next level and the free-form magic system means you'll always have a novel way to dispatch the goons (and even friends) around you.
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If you haven't had a chance to play one of the incredible Magicka titles from Paradox Interactive, this is a special kind of treat. It would have been too much to expect the game to have been brought over without any changes - it was a game very much reliant on its keyboard and mouse control setup - and so with the help of Ludosity, Magicka has been reborn as a 2D side-scrolling brawler.
"SACRILIGE!" I hear you cry out, but your cries are in vain - the game you know has been kept in tact, albeit in a more touch-device friendly style. For those unfamiliar with the core gameplay, the combat in Magicka revolves around combining different elements to generate different kinds of spells and effects. These range from long-range beams, to large exploding chunks of rock, to creating mines and shields to protect you.
The complexity of these interactions are greatly reduced from the PC version, thanks in part to only being able to combine 4 types of elements, but the basics remain: Earth allows you to create long-range explosives; Life will create large beams of magic; and Shield can create defensive barriers. Similarly, ice and water will still freeze enemies; water and electricity are still hazardous to your health; and fire and water will create steam... most often when putting yourself out from being set on fire.
Aside from that the game feels much the same as always, albeit on a 2D plane. Dots on the edge of the screen indicate incoming enemies, giving you a chance to fire first or set up your defenses, and once you've learned them, specific combinations of elements will generate special effects (from speed boosts, to giant blizzards).
It's just a shame the wit of the original titles has been somewhat diluted. By being forced down a set path there's little room for the sorts of Easter Eggs and special rewards that came with such self-guided exploration. Side-missions do help you to earn more spells, but it's just not the same.
If there's any compensation it's that you can share the experience with friends in a multiplayer game, complete with its own set of special achievements.
Magicka for the iPad may not be as deep an experience as the original, but it's no less fun for this reduction and still a wonderful pick up for those who enjoy action titles that require more brains than bashing one or two buttons.
DescriptionMagicka - Wizards of the Square Tablet: Now you can accidentally set your friends on fire from anywhere!
"Hands down, Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet is one of the best action-adventure games I’ve ever played on my iPad."
- Gamezebo.com (5/5)
"...probably the most fun I’ve ever had with an iPad."
- 148Apps (Editor's Choice - 4.5/5)
"This is 2D brawling taken to the next level and the free-form magic system means you'll always have a novel way to dispatch the goons (and even friends) around you."
- AppSpy (5/5)
From the publisher that brought you Magicka, it’s more Magicka! Featuring the innovative and dynamic spellcasting system from the critically acclaimed PC hit, Wizards of the Square Tablet brings to your iPhone and iPad those lovable robed rascals from the popular RPG spoof. Now you can bring them with you wherever you go, in a brand new campaign set before the original tale of Magicka.
Touch, tap, poke, and prod your way through the new campaign by yourself, or “accidentally” obliterate your friends in multiplayer co-op, which supports up to four wizards! Play together with fellow mages across multiple platforms, which may co-exist in the same game session thanks to a twisted union made possible by dark sorcery!
Cast your spells across multiple levels, and unlock new powers unique to the mobile Magicka experience. Experience the humor and chaos of this satirical fantasy world, and don’t worry too much if your device isn't exactly a square!
• Combine elements to create thousands of spell combinations
• All-new campaign for single or multiplayer
• Cross-platform co-op
• 4-player mayhem with many “accidental” team-kills
• New items and powers unique to the iPhone and iPad
• Spend hours touching a representation of yourself
What's New in Version 1.3.1* Support for iPhone!
* Extended Cross platform gameplay.
* Improved iOS 7 support
* Minor bugfixes