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Magic: The Gathering

by MicroProse
Windows 95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Challenge the computer's cunning AI to a match in the Duel at any time.
  • Collect cards, trade and duel your way though the magical world of Shandalar.
  • Create your own Magic decks using the Deck Builder.
  • Learn Magic in the Multimedia Tutorial and through an in-depth context-sensitive help system.
  • Super VGA hi-res graphics, features over 400 cards from the Fourth Edition, over 20 powerful, out-of-print cards (like the Black Lotus) and the 12 new Astral Set™ cards.

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  • ASIN: B00002S8AQ
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: January 7, 1997
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,048 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


Magic: The Gathering, based on Wizards of the Coast's popular trading card game of the same name, is now an interactive computer game. With this version you can duel the computer's artificial intelligence and fine-tune your decks. The strategy card game environment provides an introduction for new players while challenging the most experienced Magic: The Gathering fans.


The incredibly popular card game Magic has spawned yet another computerized offspring, but this time it's the long-awaited adaptation from MicroProse. With the recent release of two translations of the same card game, it seems as if Magic's popularity will continue to grow as it moves from a printed to an electronic medium.

For those of you who have never played the card version, here's the story: You assume the role of a wizard with a deck of magical cards consisting of creatures, spells, and mana-rich lands. The more lands you control, the more mana (magical energy) you have at your disposal, and therefore the more powerful spells you can cast. OK, it's not an easy game to learn, but herein lies the real beauty of MicroProse's translation: Anyone who has played the card game can jump into MicroProse's adaptation immediately. For the beginners, MicroProse has included a detailed tutorial that will get you up and running with Magic in under an hour, an amazing feat given the complexity of this game.

MicroProse's translation allows two types of gameplay: Duel or Campaign. In the Duel mode, you match your custom-built decks against a computer opponent or simply choose from over 60 pre-built decks included in the game. Campaign mode allows for more variety in gameplay. As with most fantasy-based games, your ultimate goal is to defeat the supreme embodiment of evil. In this case, the planeswalker Arzakon wants total control over the land of Shandalar and it is your mission to stop him. The game itself is similar to most hack-and-slash favorites: You travel around Shandalar, visit towns, explore ruins, and so forth. However, the biggest difference lies in the combat system. Instead of slaying a rival dragons and wizards, you challenge them to a game of Magic cards. If you win, you get more cards to add to your deck; if you lose, your opponent takes a card from your deck.

Although this version is much better than Acclaim's translation of Magic, there are still some disappointing aspects. It is often difficult to control where your character is moving on the large map. The gameplay is rather jerky and it is often difficult to avoid combat. Also, as in many other fantasy games, gameplay is rather repetitive. Every creature you happen upon (and let me tell you, Shandalar is packed with creatures) wants to challenge you to a card duel. It would have been nice to meet some friendly souls on the roads of Shandalar. However, the most disappointing feature in Magic: The Gathering is the lack of multiplayer support. People are just more fun to play than computers, and although MicroProse promises a multiplayer support add-on later this year, it may be too late to satisfy the incredible number of Magic players who have been impatiently waiting for this game.

These features (or lack thereof) don't take much away from the fun of MicroProse's Magic: The Gathering. This translation looks beautiful, plays decently, and has all the qualities - except the ability to play with other humans - that made the card game a hit. --Tal Blevins
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply the BOMB! June 9, 2000
By Kali
I love this game! Okay so I am a Magic addict, not only that but I am female which I have found out is a rare creature in the realm of Magic, and it's many mysteries. This game is great fun, especially if you don't get to play the card game very often. There are two ways of playing, you can make up your own deck and then play against the computer or you can use the interactive part of the game and go into the land of Shandalar and try and defeat the five Wizards, each Wizard representing a different land type. This works in a similar way to playing the computer but in this way you can collect rare and unique card along the way to boost the basic set you are allocated with. There are four levels, Apprentice, Magician, Sorcerer and Wizard. I would recommend that if you are a beginner go as an apprentice because it is easier. Playing on the Wizard level is like playing in a real tournament, and can be exceedingly frustrating! Apprentices play with a one-colour deck rather than mixed colours, which makes an easier game all round. Like in the card game, the computer version gives its cards the same strength and weaknesses. Blue being based on spells and magic, green being earthy and fast etc. The graphics are good, as are the sound effects and you feel you are actually getting a prize when you win cards off the creatures you challenge. You can go around Shandalar picking up extra cards by trading amulets that you are allocated at the start of the game, or buy buying them with gold that you win, steal, or are given. It's a fun game, that is totally addictive. I have been told there is an expansion pack available but I have yet to find it. All the same it is a great computer game and well worth having if you love Magic and want to play the game on your own.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great strategy game! July 26, 2000
This is an excellent strategy game, especially if you're a fan of MTG. Design your own decks and play against the computer, or against other people on kali.net. My only 2 complaints: 1) There's a number of bugs and cards don't always work like they should, but it's surprising how many DO work, considering the way that some cards change the rules of the game. I've heard that there are patches for the game that fix these bugs, but I haven't tried them yet. 2) The AI isn't all that smart when it comes to strategy, won't make the best use of its cards, and will even occasionally do counterproductive things like heal the opponent. But it's still a reasonable AI, especially if you want someone to try out a new strategy against.
The game is no longer being produced, but you can still get a copy if you go to Amazon.com's zShops and do a search for "magic the gathering", you'll find a number of stores still selling it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great July 11, 2001
Unfortunatly, this game was sold out before i came into interest in magic cards. After 3 weeks of searching, i finally found it on Ebay. They can go for a lot up there, but it is certainly worth it. The graphics of this game are good for the era it was built in, and the idea of fighting off magic playing enemies is fun too.
There are several places to find this object. I found it on [a website], but they are quite [costly] there. You could be able to find them in pawn shops, or another used games store. You can also find it [other websites], apparently. Since micropose does not exist anymore, it is better to not even try to look for them.
The plot of the game is to stop the five wizards of magic who were tricked into trying to cast a spell that will destroy the world. When you are walking around the world, you will visit towns, where you will buy cards and other things and accept missions. If you finish a mission (ie destroy the wizard to the north of our town) you will find a hint to the home of each of the wizards.
As you walk around, you will be challenged by minions of the wizards of magic of the area which you are in. You can either pay them off, or try to beat them. If you win, you get a choice of a bunch of cards they are carrying or a hint to a dungeon, where you can find rare cards such as black lotus. If you blow the other player out, they may set a spell on you, in which you may start out with less life the next game you play. If you lose, you must give up the card you anti'd.
You can also create your own decks and dual other players. There are cards up to about 4th edition, so you can make the half fireball half mox deck. There are many things you can do, including a game teaching tutorial including a video of people dressed up as magic characters, that will teach you how to play.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The game started with Magic: The Gathering and was subsequently followed by two other CD-ROM titles: Spells of the Ancients and Duels of the Planeswalkers. Both titles added more cards to your deck that came with the original M:TG. I believe one of the CD-ROMS (can't remember which one) allowed players to battle each other on the internet. (I never was able to make it work though so just stuck with playing against the computer or doing the "Shandalar" quests).
The game seems to only work with Windows 95 and can be temperamental. It constantly asks me to reinstall the "Duel of the Planeswalker" and can crash unexpectedly. However, I enjoy this game a lot because it doesn't require you to constantly buy more cards (as in the real collectible card game!) which can be bad for your pocketbook! (I've spent more than a couple of thousand dollars just buying new expansions constantly before I realized it doesn't have to be that way!) Just buy the CD ROM game (no matter how buggy) because it truly is a good game. (Remember, it runs only on Windows 95!) And now they came out with a newer computer version (released June 2002) which will allow you to play with other "wizards" on the internet! The catch is, you will need to keep buying more virtual cards to add to your deck! HOLD ON TO YOUR WALLET and BE WARNED! This game (M:TG) can be addictive so heed my advice: just buy the original M:TG (Microprose) and play your heart out and save your money (ATTN: school age kids!) for a college education instead!
By the way, there is also a Magic: The Gathering Encyclopedia (CD-ROM) which is extremely helpful in keeping track of your collection. It is also wonderfully useful in helping you build your deck and has a lot of useful features for M:TG enthusiasts (i.e.
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I couldn't really win this game...and it was when I had the Compaq now I got Mac. I don't think it would work in a Mac.
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This game has to be one of the best games that was ever created. I would definately recommend this game for anyone who enjoys playing Magic the Gathering.
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