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Master of Magic (DOS)

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Description

The plot of Master of Magic is to become the dominant wizard on two 'planes' of existence, the normal Earth-like one and the fantasy based plane "Myrror". You can do this by destroying your competing wizards (up to 4 computer players) or by casting the Spell of Mastery.

Game play is carried out in a 2D top down perspective. You move your armies around the board, fighting monsters to get treasure, and more importantly 'nodes'. Once you control a node you can summon a spirit to meld with the node and gain mana from it. You also must build up your cities so you can support and train your army. City management is very much like Civilization. You also must allocate your mana for use, or research. You must research to learn new spells. You can do battle with the enemy in a quasi-isometric perspective or you can have the game simulate the battles.

The game ends when your home tower is destroyed; you banish all the other wizards (by destroying their home tower) or someone casts the Spell of Mastery.

Screenshots

Master of Magic DOS Title screen
Master of Magic DOS Starting a new game
Master of Magic DOS Research spells
Master of Magic DOS Cast global enchantments

Alternate Titles

  • "MOM" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Maître de la Magie" -- French title

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User Reviews

Boundless yet sorely limited. Bursting with awesome variety and damnable tedium. An imaginative triumph that's an unbalanced mess. J. P. Gray (111) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A classic for sure, but with some issues Elliott Wu (39) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
The definition of “classic” is “Master of Magic” Technocrat (176) unrated
Fantasy Civ perfected StJude1 (11) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Fantastic, fun Civ clone set in a fantasy world. Afterburner (477) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Empire building game full of game elements to keep you busy Nathan Kovner (49) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
The immortal manifestation of perfection (and some bugs :( in computer strategy games!!! DarkTalon (133) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Great, in-depth game Laey'zur Tiberius Hawke (8) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Civilization meets Magic: the Gathering. Lord Zimonov (9) unrated
The best of the Civ-like games Tony Van (2691) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

The Press Says

Coming Soon Magazine Mar, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
PC Joker Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) May, 1995 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1994 84 out of 100 84
PC Gamer Jan, 1995 83 out of 100 83
Game Informer Magazine May, 2008 8.25 out of 10 82
Privat Computer PC 1995 4 out of 5 80
PC Fun Nov, 1994 13 out of 20 65

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
[MoM Notice] 3 Thibault Droulers (2)
Jun 05, 2012
Dragonsword has moved to Realms Beyond 1 Hans Noe
Oct 23, 2010
MoM unofficial patch v1.40 5 Sciere (245760)
May 16, 2010
Active fan site at dragonsword.com 5 lilalurl (778)
Apr 24, 2010

Trivia

References

One of the merchants may try to sell an item called "idspispopd". This is a cheat for Doom.

Release history

The original game had an onslaught of bugs that almost prevented playing. Microprose released a patch and later a completely new version of the game (which had a different manual and disc). The original disc and manual can be considered a collector's item.

Unofficial patch

There is an fan-made, unofficial patch (v1.40) that focuses on the correction of many bugs still left in the 1.31 version and tries to improve the game's AI performance. The download link can be found in the related links section.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #141 in the "150 Best Games of All Time" list
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #13 Most Rewarding Ending of All Time
    • May 1997 (Issue #154) - Introduced into the Hall of Fame
Information also contributed by Andrew Grasmeder El-ad Amir, and kyr ub.

Related Web Sites

  • Help Site for Master Of Magic (This is an interactive guide on Master of Magic. For those who do not have the manual paper because they download abandonware version of this video game.)
  • Master of Magic: Hero Page (A site dedicated to everything about heroes in Master of Magic, including cheats, oddities and descriptions.)
  • Sector 5, Ratai's Realm (Master of Magic Online Guide. Has other things like chat rooms and custom wizard submission.)
Tomer Gabel (4388) added Master of Magic (DOS) on Aug 10, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Picard (29363)