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Magic: The Gathering (Windows)

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Description

The popular card game comes to the computer.

In single player mode, you start with a small deck of cards/spells, wander the land exploring dungeons and battling monsters (and their spefic spell decks). Along the way, you win/lose spell cards, go to markets to trade or buy new ones, and pick up world magics and more life. The game ends when you defeat the 5 powerful elemental wizards.

Multi-player mode supports deck creation from any of the cards, as well as random "sealed deck" games.

This game supported cards from Alpha, Beta, Unlimited and Revised and 4th edition. It also had 12 new cards from the "Astral Set" made specifically for the game.

Screenshots

Magic: The Gathering Windows Making a deck
Magic: The Gathering Windows Attacking the Black Castle - Maybe this isn't such a good idea after all...
Magic: The Gathering Windows The political map of Shandalar. The world of Shandalar however is randomly created at the beginning of each new game.
Magic: The Gathering Windows Dueling an Opponent

Alternate Titles

  • "魔法风云会" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "MTG" -- Official abbreviation
  • "Magic: Die Zusammenkunft" -- German title

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User Reviews

The 2nd attempt to bring the card game into the computer realm. Worked perfectly. Indra is here (19776) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Good, light Magic Frecklefoot (191) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
If you like M:TG, the game is great... Chris Martin (1098) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

Game.EXE Mar, 1997 100 out of 100 100
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Mar 20, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Apr, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Coming Soon Magazine Apr, 1997 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Mar, 1997 83 out of 100 83
Reset Apr, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Game Players Jun, 1997 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Games (Germany) Apr, 1997 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot Apr 03, 1997 7.2 out of 10 72
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Patch

In 1999, Internet play arrived via a patch that allowed players to use TEN (the Total Entertainment Network.)

References

The data for all the cards in the game (type, name, description, etc.) is contained in a file called "master.csv" which is actually a .xls spreadsheet which can be easily read by Microsoft Excel. While it's fairly useless to edit it (saving changes leaves you with a corrupt game) it's interesting to note the amount of development-related jokes and references you can find in there. For instance, there's a "Terror from the Deep" card with an amusing description that refers obviously to Microprose's X-COM: Terror from the Deep, as well as other MPS games.

Information also contributed by Zovni
Tony Van (2688) added Magic: The Gathering (Windows) on Dec 05, 1999