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Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds (DOS)

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Description

The evil demon lord Vissuluth has taken control of the realms of the Netherworld. Once prosperous lands have been infested with monsters and several evil wizards, Vissuluth's side-kicks, are up to no good either. Fortunately the magician Kafkar knows a promising young apprentice who may stand up to Vissuluth. You're that apprentice!

Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds is the sequel to Magic Carpet and uses a new 3D engine to produce better looking graphics. New spells and monsters are also included. It's an action game with some elements from other genres thrown into the mix. The biggest part of the gameplay is FPS action. You fly around on your magic carpet, clearing levels by killing monsters and battling other wizards. Instead of guns, you use offensive spells like fireball, meteor, lightning, tornado etc.

Every monster you kill leaves behind a certain amount of mana which you can possess and store in your castle. You need this mana to cast spells and if you store it in your castle other wizards can't steal it (in some levels you need to defend your castle from attacks by monsters and rival wizards). With enough mana you can upgrade your castle which allows you to cast more powerful spells. During the course of the game you'll get all kinds of new spells and improve the ones you already have.

Like many other games by Bullfrog Magic Carpet 2 is also a bit of a god game. Many realms are inhabited by neutral citizens; you can help them by destroying monsters that attack them or destroy their cities yourself. You can also completely transform each game world with spells like volcano, earthquake and gravity well.

Screenshots

Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds DOS Some realms are inhabited by neutral people. In this level you have to save them from a wyvern that is destroying their city
Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds DOS ..in your castle. Expand your castle by casting the castle spell (does require mana). A high level castle allows you to cast high level spells (if collected). Your castle also acts as your spawn point
Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds DOS Firing a meteor at a dragon and two worms inside a dark cave
Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds DOS The almighty Vissuluth (about to kick the bucket)

Alternate Titles

  • "Magic Carpet 2: Niederwelten" -- German reference card title

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User Reviews

If I ever composed a list of underrated games, Magic Carpet 2 would definitely be in the Top 5 Maw (849) unrated
Mixed feelings about a magic carpet ride Roedie (5226) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Amazing. Amazing amazing amazing amazing amazing. Tomer Gabel (4394) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Wonderful game Djinn (21) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1995 92 out of 100 92
GameSpot May 01, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1995 90 out of 100 90
CD Player 1996 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Sep, 1995 88 out of 100 88
PC Gamer Dec, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Joystick (French) Oct, 1995 87 out of 100 87
PC Attack Oct, 1995 85 out of 100 85
All Game Guide Oct, 1995 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Selecting upgraded spells 2 adhawkins
Jul 18, 2012

Trivia

German version

Translations how they should not be. On the back of the German cover the advertisement want to state that Magic Carpet 2 is still an action game and that the action is faster than before. Unfortunately the word "action" was also translated and now the advertisement state something about faster activity and activity parts within the game. Strange, they have managed to keep the word "action" within the first sentence of the advertisement.

Intel

Magic Carpet 2 features several references to the Intel Pentium processor. In several of the regular levels you can find an entrance to bonus Demon Lord levels. While these Demon Lord are being loaded, briefly a screen with the Intel Inside logo and the message "Pentium processor detected, configuring for optimal performance" is shown. The funny thing is, you also get to see this message when your PC is equipped with an AMD processor.

Music

One of the advanced command line parameters for executing this game from CDROM is: NETHERW -MUSIC2 which allows the gamer to listen to alternative music from the original Magic Carpet.

Awards

  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1996 - Best 3D Action Game in 1995
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1996 – Best ActionGame in 1995
Information also contributed by jaXen and Roedie
Teg (8) added Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds (DOS) on Jan 24, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (245158)