The Magic Candle: Volume 1 (DOS)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

An Original story and great game engine! One of the best fantasy based RPGs. Yakumo (419) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
The Ultimate old-school RPG dave taylor (6) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Huge game needs a big notebook Will Myers (3) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.3
Overall User Score (11 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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The Games Machine (UK)
The Magic Candle is not perfect, combat can drag on sometimes. Even so, the high standard of the design has won through. Probably the highlight to Candle is the end sequence which is one of, if not the, most satisfying end-games seen in any RPG so far. This is one of the few commercial RPGs on the market which has been produced by games players for games players, without the disastrous intervention of the pin-stripe brigade. I reckon Mindcraft (and MicroProse) have got a winner on their hands. The Magic Candle is a quality RPG. I can't wait for the sequel.
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Mag das Zauberlicht also insgesamt nicht ganz so hell leuchten wie Mr. Garriotts Geistesblitze, arbeitslose Avatare können sich hier die Wartezeit auf „Ultima VII“ allemal angenehm versüßen.
(page 42)
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Sieht man über die veraltete PC-Technik hinweg, bietet Mindcraft ein spannendes, über viele Wochen fesselndes Abenteuer. Originelle Wendungen, zahlreiche Unterhaltungsmöglichkeiten und eine stattliche Monstersammlung locken zu immer weiteren Expeditionen nach Deruvia. Drei Schwierigkeitsgrade erlauben auch Anfängern reines Fantasyergnügen. Ein typischer Fall von Liebe auf den zweiten Blick!
All Game Guide
Assuming you can get into the story, The Magic Candle carries itself pretty well. Movement is primitive but quick via arrow keys and the command structure with 43 possibilities is sufficient to get the tasks done. The interface can be tedious as you must type in the first letter of any command, then type a direction (N, E, S, W) you want the action aimed at.