DescriptionMagic 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.
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|Too avant-garde for its own good?||DOS||Maw (884)|
|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 (4634)|
|High Score||DOS||Feb, 1995||5 out of 5||100|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||DOS||Dec, 1994||96 out of 100||96|
|MikroBitti||DOS||Jan, 1995||93 out of 100||93|
|PC Games (Germany)||DOS||Nov, 1994||92 out of 100||92|
|Score||DOS||Jan, 1995||92 out of 100||92|
|PC Format (UK)||DOS||Dec, 1994||91 out of 100||91|
|Edge||DOS||Oct 27, 1994||9 out of 10||90|
|Power Unlimited||DOS||Feb, 1995||9 out of 10||90|
|PC Fun (French)||DOS||Nov, 1994||16 out of 20||80|
|The Retro Spirit||DOS||Dec 24, 2009||3.5 out of 6||58|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|Missing levels on all platforms||11||Alaka (86392)
Aug 28, 2014
AdvertisementOne 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".
BugsThe 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.
EngineMagic 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 levelsMagic 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 GameThe game made several appearances in the Australian soap Neighbours, as the Kennedy family owned it and were frequently seen playing.
- 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.
3rd-person view of the main characterEarly version of the game actually shows the main character on a carpet in 3rd-person view as opposite to 1st-person view in the final game.
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #137 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
- 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
Related Web Sites
- Wikipedia: Magic Carpet (Information about Magic Carpet at Wikipedia)
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