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The Art of Magic is a 3D role-playing / strategy hybrid.

Apprentice wizard designs spells, summons creatures – if this sounds familiar, you’ve probably played Mythos Games’ 1998 strategy game Magic & Mayhem. The Art of Magic revives the concept, spiced up with 3D graphics.

In search for his kidnapped sister, the young mage Aurax confronts evil wizards in battle to claim their powers and increase his repertoire of magical formulas. Although Aurax learns powerful destructive and defensive spells, he will only survive by summoning creatures to fight at his side. To replenish his magical energy, Aurax has to conquer and hold mana wells; his opponents will try to do the same. If you destroy the opposing wizard, the level is won. Not all missions are straight battles; for example, you’ll have to sneak into a troll camp unnoticed or explore a medieval sewer.

The Art of Macic’s most intriguing feature is the portmanteau, a spell construction set. Each reagent can be placed in a talisman of either the alignment good, neutral or evil to get one of three possible spells; you have to decide which enchantment is most useful for you at the moment. In the course of the game, you will find more, and more powerful, reagents.


Magic & Mayhem: The Art of Magic Windows The portmanteau: Build your own spells.
Magic & Mayhem: The Art of Magic Windows Title screen.
Magic & Mayhem: The Art of Magic Windows Golden knight on invisible "throne"
Magic & Mayhem: The Art of Magic Windows A fierce battle over the orange mana platform.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Magic & Mayhem 2" -- Common title

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User Reviews

Neglected Treasure - when game design was an art Max Overdrive (4) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
Rather like a charismatic but abusive spouse ShadowShrike (303) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars
Masterpiece - hugely underrated work of art Hollyoake Addams (36) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

Critic Reviews Nov 06, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpy Nov 10, 2001 79 out of 100 79
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct 31, 2001 77 out of 100 77
Gamezone (Germany) Oct 30, 2001 7 out of 10 70
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2001 70 out of 100 70
PC Games (Germany) Dec 17, 2001 69 out of 100 69 Mar 20, 2002 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Oct 29, 2001 6.5 out of 10 65
Svenska PC Gamer Dec, 2001 43 out of 100 43


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The game was largely developed by Charybdis Limited, but when the company closed down in April 2000, Virgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) Ltd. moved development to Climax Nottingham, which happened to be the company where most of the former Charybdis Limited members had flocked to. This means the game was in fact developed largely by a single team, but under two different names.

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-Chris (7561) added Magic & Mayhem: The Art of Magic (Windows) on Oct 16, 2001