Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

Magic Carpet (PlayStation 3)

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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".

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.

SEGA Saturn version

The SEGA Saturn version of Magic Carpet did not contain all of the game's levels: The missing levels are: 9, 18, 29, 34 and 40.

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

Contributed by Trixter (8739) on Nov 02, 1999. [revised by : Patrick Bregger (107479)]. -- edit trivia