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Magic Carpet

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
91
3.9
PlayStation 3
...
4.0
SEGA Saturn
78
2.8
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Description

Magic Carpet is a first-person perspective game, in which you are a mage who flies on a, well, magic carpet and casts spells. The game has 50 levels, called "worlds"; each of those is set in a sea terrain with several mountainous islands. Your goal on each level is to amass enough mana within your castle to "restore the equilibrium" within the world. Once this happens, you can head to the next level.

To collect mana, you have to find it (it is represented by golden spheres) and cast a specific spell to make it "yours". To collect this mana, you have to use a special spell to raise a castle of your own out of the ground. A balloon will appear over the newly created castle; it will proceed to fly around the level and collect "your" mana. Initially, your castle will be small and won't be able to hold much mana, so you'll have to keep casting the "castle" spell at it to make it bigger.

The levels typically have monsters and rival mages in them. Not only they can hurt you with their attacks, but killing them is often necessary, as upon death they will release some of the mana you need to complete the level. To attack your enemies, you have a variety of spells at your disposal: fireballs, lightning bolts and meteors.

There are also many other spells available to you - they allow you to heal yourself, surround yourself with a protective shield, teleport around, summon a skeleton army, or even modify the terrain by creating volcanoes and splitting landmasses. Not all spells are available to you from the beginning, though.

Throughout all the levels, you are on your flying carpet, which can move in 3 dimensions. You can bring up a top-down map at any time.

Screenshots

Magic Carpet DOS Dragon burning the city (from the spectacular intro sequence)
Magic Carpet DOS Ghouls suddenly appeared!
Magic Carpet DOS Trapped inside a fort.
Magic Carpet PlayStation No reflections in the PS version.

Alternate Titles

  • "マジックカーペット" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Too avant-garde for its own good? DOS Maw (849)
Move over Aladdin...there's a new carpet in town! DOS Smackmud (5)
An incredible experience you'll come back to every once in a while. DOS Tomer Gabel (4388)

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Feb, 1995 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 95 out of 100 95
MikroBitti DOS Jan, 1995 93 out of 100 93
All Game Guide PlayStation 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamePro (US) PlayStation Jun, 1996 4.5 out of 5 90
Game Players PlayStation May, 1996 84 out of 100 84
IGN PlayStation Nov 25, 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation May, 1996 7 out of 10 70
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 24, 2009 3.5 out of 6 58
GameFan Magazine SEGA Saturn May, 1996 51 out of 100 51

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Missing levels on all platforms 11 Alaka (30477)
Aug 28, 2014

Trivia

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One of the reasons Magic Carpet didn't sell well was that many gamers thought it was just a ripoff of DOOM, even though they are completely different. Bullfrog unintentionally fostered this idea with a series of ads they ran for Magic Carpet, which contained hooks such as "BFG = BFD". The BFG is DOOM's strongest weapon, and BFD is an acronym for "big f***ing deal".

Bugs

The original release of Magic Carpet contained a bug which meant you could not complete level 50. This was later fixed with a patch and was rectified in all re-releases.

Engine

Magic Carpet had what was perhaps the best graphics engine of that time. The engine features, among other things:
  • Dynamically lighted, gouraud shaded, changable ("morphable") landscape.
  • Scene reflections in the water
  • Distance fog
  • Transparency effects, such as the transparent "HUD".

Missing levels

Magic Carpet does not contain all of the 50 levels described in the manual. The missing levels are: 9, 18, 29, 34 and 40.

References to the Game

The game made several appearances in the Australian soap Neighbours, as the Kennedy family owned it and were frequently seen playing.

Technology

  • Magic Carpet was one of the first games to support 3D viewers/glasses in many different configurations. You can use virtual reality headsets, red/blue glasses... the program will even generate a realtime random dot stereogram!
  • The first game to be enhanced for the then-new Pentium processor (as advertised proudly on the front of the box). Bullfrog recommended a P75 as the minimum system requirement, although the game ran on 486 processors and was playable enough on a 486DX/100.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #137 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • Gamespot
    • One of "The top ten games you never played": The reason for the commercial flop of Magic Carpet seems to lie in categorization of games at that time. Most gaming-magazines labeled it at as a plain "shooter" despite the game's interesting and unique gameplay as a mix between action and strategy.
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #53 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1995 - Best Game in 1994
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Game in 1994
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Multiplayer Game in 1994
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Action Game in 1994
Information also contributed by Accetone, Ashley Pomerov, BostonGeorge, Jeanne, Martin Smith, Matthew Bailey, Maw and Mickey Gabel

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