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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 specific 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 with 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 Main Menu
Magic: The Gathering Windows During your travels, the enemy wizards may send their servants to attack a city.
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 Making a deck

Promo Images

Magic: The Gathering Screenshot
Magic: The Gathering Magazine Advertisement
Magic: The Gathering Screenshot
Magic: The Gathering Screenshot

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 was here (20887) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Good, light Magic Frecklefoot (201) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
If you like M:TG, the game is great... Chris Martin (1204) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

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
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr 02, 1997 86 out of 100 86
PC Action (Germany) Apr, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Coming Soon Magazine Apr, 1997 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Mar, 1997 83 out of 100 83
CD-Action May, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Reset May, 1997 8 out of 10 80
PC Joker Apr, 1997 75 out of 100 75
PC Games (Germany) Apr, 1997 74 out of 100 74

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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

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Tony Van (2855) added Magic: The Gathering (Windows) on Dec 05, 1999