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Master of Magic (DOS)

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

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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.0
Overall MobyScore (87 votes) 4.0

The Press Says

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Coming Soon Magazine
Master of Magic is the second title developed by SimTex Software, the company that created one of the best strategy games, Master of Orion. Although both titles have the word "Master" in common, they are very different. Strategy is the essential key for the two games, but one is based in space while the other is set up in a magical world where powerful wizards are fighting each other.
PC Games (Germany)
(German version)
Nach langer Wartezeit ist endlich die deutsche Version des Fantasy-Strategie-Leckerbissens Master of Magic erhältlich. Bis auf einige Bestandteile der Benutzeroberfläche, wie z. B. einzelne Buttons, wurden die umfangreichen Texte (u. a. die Beschreibungen der Armeetypen, Zaubersprüche und -utensilien sowieso Helden-Steckbriefe) vollständig und sehr gewissenhaft übersetzt. Bedingungsloses Zugreifen ist angesagt!
Power Play
Strategiespiele dieser Art sind wie ein alter Pantoffel, in den man hineinschlüpft und sich wohlfühlt. Doppelt erstaunlich, daβ Microprose immer einen neuen Dreh findet, der jedes neue Strategiespiel wieder interessant macht. Hut ab.
PC Joker
Hier finden "zivilisierte" Magier eine feine und nahezu ebenso komplexe Alternative zu Sids offiziellem Sequel "Colonization" - sofern ihr Zauberstab eher taktisch ausgerichtet ist.
PC Games (Germany)
Strategie meets Rollenspiel: Finstere Mächte, freche Trolle und schneidige Helden bestimmen das Szenario von Master of Magic, dem Insider-Tip für all jene, die dem Faszinosum Colonization widerstehen können.
PC Player (Germany)
Auf gekonnte Weise wurde ein durchdachtes Rollenspiel-System mit anspruchsvoller Strategie kombiniert. Trotz aller Civilization-Anleihen wurden viele neue Ideen eingebaut, etwa das Kämpfen auf zwei Welten im späteren Spielverlauf. Auch wenn der direkte Konkurrent Colonization etwas zugänglicher ist: Auf lange Sicht bietet Master of Magic mehr Möglichkeiten und Abwechslung.
PC Gamer
Fantasy world has a vast array of races, spells, and combat units. Uninspired sound; graphics could be better; and the artificial intelligence routines are sub-par. A powerful mix of empire building, wizardry, and combat.
Game Informer Magazine
Still, MoM was way ahead of its time and worth a look back just to see how many cool ideas could fit into a game, even in 1995.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Without considering the bugs, MOM may well be the best strategy game released this year. It is addictive, incredibly enjoyable, massively detailed yet consistently and intelligently designed, relatively well-balanced, and this far immune to the “killer strategies” that marred CIVILIZATION and MOO. Despite some significant conceptual borrowing from its ancestors, MOM is fresh and original in every way that counts. I cannot remember the last time a computer game had me up until 5 AM. With MOM, it was just last night.
Privat Computer PC
I det hele taget viser Master of Magic et solidt arbejde fra programmørernes side. En del ideer er blevet stjålet fra andre spil, men sammensætningen er vellykket, og så kan man vel ikke klage?
PC Fun
Les auteurs de Master Of Orion récidivent avec ce jeu qui emprunte l'interface de Civilization et y ajoute des éléments de jeu de rôle. C'est très complet, amusant... même si on pourrait espérer plus d'originalité qu'un système de jeu vieux de deux ans.
The DOS Spirit
Dette er ett typisk øl og peanøtt spill, hvor man bare tar det helt rolig, og bare sitter tilbake og chiller med en øl og en pose peanøtter. Riktig herlig er det hvis man har hatt en slitsom uke på jobb, og man kommer bare hjem, slenger føttene på bordet, ignorer dama med headsettet på full peis og lukker seg inn i sin egen magiske verden. Derimot er dette spillet ikke for deg som elsker fart og spenning, for dette tar tid, og krever kirurgisk presisjon av angrepene dine. MoM vil nok hele tiden være en outsider når den blir målt opp mot Civ, og jeg føler at det er rettferdighet i akkurat det. Civ er rett og slett bare bedre på nesten alle områder.