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Magic: The Gathering (Windows)

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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.


Magic: The Gathering Windows Character Creation - Difficulty Level. Difficulty governs the frequency of monsters/opponents roaming, how good their strategy in cards or even random events in your favor.
Magic: The Gathering Windows Main Menu
Magic: The Gathering Windows Attacking the Black Castle - Maybe this isn't such a good idea after all...
Magic: The Gathering Windows Your character stat screen. Among others it provides info on the various types of enemies you've defeated, your magical items, and progress on defeating the wizards.

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 (19707) 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

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
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 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
Gamesmania 1997 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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It took forever, but Internet play finally arrived via a patch that allowed players to use TEN (the Total Entertainment Network.)
Tony Van (2691) added Magic: The Gathering (Windows) on Dec 05, 1999