Magic Carpet

a game by Electronic Arts
Genre: Action
Platforms: Playstation, Saturn
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 3 reviews, 7 reviews are shown
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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Magic Carpet
Magic Carpet
Magic Carpet
Magic Carpet

So you say you're tired of all the run-of-the-mill 3D Doom clones currently clogging the shelves, and that you need something fresh to keep your attention span from imploding upon itself? If it's fast-paced action in a new mold you desire, then look no further than Magic Carpet.

If you haven't been living under a rock for the last year, you'll recognize he name Magic Carpet from the incredible amount of well-deserved press that it and its sequel, Magic Carpet 2:The Netherworlds, have been receiving. In the Saturn version of Magic Carpet, you take on the role of a maverick wizard intent on restoring the balance of magic in a series of enchanted worlds. This would be all fine and dandy, were it not for the fact that a cadre of unlike-minded wizards are using every spell in their arsenal to shut you down.

The coolest thing about Magic Carpet is its interface: instead of simply walking along, as in most games, you actually fly around islands and have great freedom of movement.The game also requires a lot of strategy and, as the levels progress, becomes quite difficult, thereby ensuring Magic Carpet's play value.

Jeez, I sound like an accountant, don't I? Bottom line: is the game fun? Heck yeah it is.

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Playstation Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Saturn Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Last issue we took a look at the PlayStation version of this popular PC game, and seeing as the two versions are virtually identical, doing a new review is almost redundant, but here goes.

In Magic Carpet, you're a young magician charged with restoring the "mana balance" of a host of fantastical realms.To do this, you must fly around beautifully rendered 3-D worlds collecting crazy spells and battling monsters and evil wizards. Magic Carpet is a heck of a game. It's original, incredibly fun, and challenging. The Saturn's graphics are only a slight step down from the PSX version.

Graphics - 7

Sound/FX - 8

Gameplay - 9

Rating - 8

Magic Carpet is an innovative new game that PC players will find familiar. The unique gameplay combines shooter action with strategy. You are a hero on a Magic Carpet, performing strategic strikes against your opponents. Destroy their assets and collect the leftover mana to build up your own fortresses. These strategic elements set this game apart from games like Descent.

Magic Carpet is rich in technique and gameplay. There are all sorts of enemies, ranging from mindless worms to irritating bees to a giant crab, all the way up to your main competition--the wizards. Each enemy needs to be met with a different response. Fortunately, you have a variety of magical spells at your disposal, including offensive attacks and mana collection.

Magic Carpet sports some terrific-looking graphics and lots of texture-mapped polygons as shown in the detailed pictures supplied by EA. What has to be seen yet though, is how well and how fast you will be able to fly on your carpet. There appear to be an awful lot of polygons that have to be pushed around. This title will be released for both the Sega Saturn and the Sony PS.

  • MANUFACTURER - Electronic Arts
  • THEME - Action
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1

The latest PC game to leapfrog to the 32-bit pond is Bullfrog's much-heralded Magic Carpet. An action/flight sim straight out of Arabian Nights, Magic Carpet takes place in a 3D world where spells are weapons and mana is lifeblood.

You're aloft on a woven rug, trying to eradicate evil wizards by casting spells that do everything from building castles to leveling your enemies' domains. Your goal is to collect mana, the elixir of power that earns you the most devastating spells and increases your castle-building abilities.

Magic Carpet weaves strategy into its action-oriented tapestry with monsters, such as griffins, and narrow chasms that hide mana. If Bullfrog ports the PC version exactly, the landscapes will unfold in real time-literally on the fly.

Magic Carpet is a mythical feast with the flavor of the Middle East.

The universe is in chaos. From your magic carpet, you must restore balance to 70 three-dimensional worlds by collecting mana, an energy that comes mostly from enemies that you destroy with spells. You must also build and protect a castle to store your mana.

The gameplay continually evolves, introducing new spells and more dangerous monsters. Exciting and addicting, this carpet is spotless.

ProTips:

  • Draw undead armies to the coastline, then play hit and run with 'em.
  • Cast your possession spell on the remains of a wizard to claim his mana.
  • When fighting near trees, light 'em up to damage your enemies further.

Graphics

The morphing terrain and 3D landscapes are beautiful, and the game scrolls smoothly. While the enemy sprites are well drawn, they retain a pix-elated PC-type appearance.

Sound

Simply outstanding audio. The symphonic soundtrack soars during battles. Magical sound effects and subtle background sounds enhance the worlds.

Control

Maneuvering the carpet is fairly easy. Once you get used to switching spells on the fly, the sky is yours to command.

Fun Factor

You can't beat this game in a day or three. Huge, constantly changing levels with plenty of traps, enemies, and spells keep players engrossed for eons.

Bullfrog is widely considered to be one of the most innovative and inventive software houses in the world. Its games, ranging from the thoughtful Populous, to the highly-charged Syndicate, have generated both critical acclaim and a great deal of money. One of its biggest ever PC titles, Magic Carpet, is nearing completion on the PlayStation.This will be the first chance for PlayStation owners to undertake a truly epic task. Sure, there's a couple of cool adventure titles on the PlayStation, but nothing with the kind of pedigree that Magic Carpet has. Magic Carpet may look like a regular shooter, but it takes a great deal of thought and planning to get anywhere.

But they need to think, don't they? PlayStation owners' minds are all filled with explosions and fast cars and stuff like that. What they really need to do is get out their special strategy pants and start exercising the old gray matter. Magic Carpet has more than its fair share of action, though. You control a young man on a quest for love, glory and magic, not unlike Aladdin. Mind you, Aladdin never got to race around the skies of ancient Persia shooting stuff with big bolts of Plasma.

Now all this shooting is fun, but the hard part is dealing with your castles (which you have to build and protect) and your magic (which you have to nurture and expand). The key to the game is mana, a mystical energy which you'll find floating around, or in the remnants of dead foes.The magic can be used to build on your territory, or to defeat the numerous evil villains, including rival wizards and dragons. Bullfrog's graphic techniques are obviously still enmeshed in the PC style that the company is accustomed to and it seems as though several PlayStation abilities have been left untapped in this conversion. Sound and music, however, have been vastly improved, thanks to the PlayStation's superior processing power.

One thing that Magic Carpet proves though, is that the PC is far from the ultimate games machine.The PlayStation version is faster, smoother and more playable and, it works with the PlayStation mouse. With this, Syndicate and High Octane on its record, Bullfrog could turn out to be one of the leading lights on PlayStation.

Bullfrog! Bullfrog! Remember that name, you PSX gamers, because you'll soon be trying to explain to your friends just how good this company's games are.

In Magic Carpet you quite obviously fly around on a magic carpet, but this isn't a pleasure cruise. Utilizing a flying first-person perspective, your mission is to cruise around different worlds, trying to restore the balance of mana, or magical energy.

You can find new spells to help you defeat monsters and other wizards, erect castles to store your mana, and marvel at the wondrous-yistas of other worlds. It's a Magical Mystery Tour, but with fireballs.

Graphics - 8

Sound/FX - 8

Gameplay - 9

Rating - 8

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